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NCATS

How to Find a Disease Specialist

genetics  clinical trials  healthcare providers  genetic counseling  healthcare professionals  researchers  rare diseases  Genetic Disease 

Many individuals want to know about healthcare professionals or researchers who have knowledge of their conditions. When a condition is rare, it can be difficult to find someone who has seen many cases. Although there is no list of experts in rare diseases, the guidelines below include several ways to identify healthcare professionals who have experience with a particular condition.

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NCI

Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE)

iCURE supports mentored research experiences for students and scientists in the NCI research community. iCURE encourages the participation of underrepresented individuals.

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NHLBI

High Blood Cholesterol: Living With

hypercholesterolemia 

If you have been diagnosed with high blood cholesterol, it is important that you continue your treatment. Follow-up care can vary depending on your cholesterol levels, your risk of having a cardiovascular complication such as a heart attack or a stroke, and your response to treatment.

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NHLBI

High Blood Cholesterol: Treatment

hypercholesterolemia 

High blood cholesterol is treated with heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medicines to control or lower your high blood cholesterol. Lipoprotein apheresis is a procedure that can be used to treat familial hypercholesterolemia.

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NHLBI

High Blood Cholesterol: Diagnosis

hypercholesterolemia 

Your doctor may diagnose you with high blood cholesterol based on your medical and family history, your physical exam, or whether you have consistently high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels on repeat lipid panel blood tests. Your doctor may do more tests to see if other medical conditions may be causing high blood cholesterol.

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NHLBI

High Blood Cholesterol: Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

hypercholesterolemia 

High blood cholesterol does not cause specific symptoms. But people who have very high blood cholesterol may show signs. Undiagnosed or untreated high blood cholesterol can lead to serious complications such as heart attack and stroke.

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NHLBI

High Blood Cholesterol: Screening and Prevention

hypercholesterolemia 

Your doctors will order routine lipid panel blood tests to screen for high blood cholesterol. Learn about heart-healthy lifestyle changes that your doctor may recommend to help you prevent high blood cholesterol.

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NIDDK

Healthy Moments: Why People Can Become Addicted to Opioids

Dr. Volkow discusses how taking medicine in a way that is different from what the doctor prescribed can be dangerous.

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NHLBI

High Blood Cholesterol: Risk Factors

hypercholesterolemia 

You may have an increased risk for high blood cholesterol because of your age, your family history and genetics, and your race.

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NIDDK

Healthy Moments: Brain Health and High Blood Pressure: Mind Your Risks

Dr. Koroshetz joins Dr. Rodgers to explain the effects high blood pressure can have on the brain.

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