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Is High Cholesterol Hereditary?

High cholesterol is often regarded as a result of unhealthy lifestyle or diet choices, however, it can also be passed down through families in the genes. Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH in short) is a genetic disorder caused by mutations in certain gene that makes the body unable to effectively remove low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), otherwise known as bad cholesterol. As a consequence, LDL-C tends to build up in the vessels and could lead to early cardiovascular events.