High Sensitivity Troponin in Familial Hypercholesterolemia

High Sensitivity Troponin in Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Type: Heart

Grant holder: Dr Jonathan Malo, Dr Ken Lee and Dr Simon Walker, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Amount Awarded: £3,000

Year: 2014 - finished

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common hereditary condition which affects approximately 1 in 500 people in the UK. It leads to unusually high levels of cholesterol in the blood and a much higher than average risk of coronary heart disease. We would like to investigate whether a new highly sensitive blood test called high-sensitivity Troponin, might be useful in tracking the development of coronary heart disease in patients with FH. This would make it easier to assess how effective a treatment has been and to decide which patients are at highest risk of future heart problems.