BRCATESTUK Products: The Hereditary High Cholesterol Test
Testing for the hereditary disorder which causes very high cholesterol
About 1 in 50 people with high cholesterol are born with Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), a hereditary disorder that causes very high cholesterol. People with high cholesterol and FH are 22 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those with normal cholesterol and no FH.
BRCATESTUK is now offering the FH test for just £395 including postage and post-test counselling which includes
Information about the presence or absence of genetic changes that cause most FH cases
Analysis of your personal and family health history to inform your results
Personalized heart disease risk information and screening guidelines
Information on how your results could impact your family.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia is a hereditary disorder that causes very high cholesterol levels from an early age
If you have FH, your liver is unable to remove enough LDL, or bad cholesterol, from your blood. This means your LDL level remains high, despite positive lifestyle choices.
FH makes you more likely to get coronary heart disease
Having FH means you’re exposed to high cholesterol from an early age, which make you 22 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than are those with normal cholesterol and no FH.
FH can be managed successfully
Your healthcare provider might recommend medication to remove some of the bad cholesterol from your body, along with changes to your diet and lifestyle to protect your heart.
FH is passed down through families
Your results can be informative for your relatives of either gender. If you have FH, there’s a 50% chance that each of your children, siblings, and parents will also have FH. Early identification and treatment can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
This test is most appropriate for those who have high cholesterol.
Most people (though not all) with FH have high cholesterol. More than 90% of people with FH don't know they have the disorder.
Testing negative for FH is valuable information
If a relative carries a genetic mutation that causes FH and your results indicate that you don’t have the same mutation, you can be confident that you didn’t inherit it. Healthcare providers refer to this result as a "true negative," because it indicates that you haven’t inherited the same mutation that is associated with FH in your relatives.
Even if your relatives don’t have an identified mutation, testing negative for mutations on Color's Hereditary High Cholesterol Test may indicate that you have a reduced chance of having a hereditary predisposition to high cholesterol.
We recommend that you investigate your family history to learn if anyone has FH or has had genetic testing for FH.
What can I do if I have FH?
Talk with a genetic counsellor to discuss what having FH means for you and your loved ones. They can provide suggestions on how to discuss FH with your healthcare provider and family.
Share results with your healthcare provider. FH can be managed successfully. Your healthcare providers can help you develop the most appropriate treatment plan for managing FH and reducing your cholesterol levels.
Consider sharing results with your family . If you have FH, there’s a 50% chance that your children, siblings, and parents also have it. Discussing FH with your family can help them identify their own risks sooner and take action, if appropriate.
Why have the test?
We test for the mutations in up to 30 genes that significantly increase the risk of common cancers such as breast, bowel, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Why have the test?
With BRCATESTUK's simple blood test or do-it-yourself saliva test, you can now screen for the mutations and start to take action straight away.
Why have the test?
Your results could affect your relatives too – if a man carries a mutation in BRCA1, each of his children has a 50% chance of carrying the same mutation.