The condition and the treatment

The condition and the treatment

Hypercholesterolaemia is a medical term meaning that a person's cholesterol levels are too high. In primary heterozygous‑familial hypercholesterolaemia, high cholesterol levels are caused by a faulty gene. Whereas in primary non‑familial hypercholesterolaemia, which is more common, several genetic factors combine with a person's health risks, such as poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise, to cause high cholesterol levels.

Ezetimibe (Ezetrol) is a medicine that works by blocking the absorption of cholesterol in the gut. This helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

NHS Choices may be a good place to find out more.

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