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Poland's first program for early detection of lipid disorders in children has been launched in Zabrze

MedExpress Team

Published Nov. 10, 2023 11:09

Poland's first program for early detection of lipid disorders in children has been launched in Zabrze - Header image
"Lipidogram for a freshman" - is intended to cover all students in the first grades of elementary schools in the Zabrze area, i.e. about 1,500 children. The authors of the program are cardiologists from the Silesian Medical University's Silesian Center for Heart Diseases in Zabrze. The goal of the program is to identify a group of "first-graders" with lipid disorders, including those with familial hypercholesterolemia, a congenital, genetically determined disease leading to premature atherosclerosis. To this end, a cholesterol test will be performed on each child, as well as weight, height and abdominal circumference tests to determine BMI (body mass index). Yesterday, students from Elementary School No. 7 in Zabrze were the first to be tested.

- So far, no region of Poland, no city or municipality has carried out similar research at home. This is an innovative project, unique in Poland. The co-organizers of the project are the Zabrze City Hall, which we thank for its financial support, and the Silesian Center for Heart Diseases Foundation in Zabrze," explains Prof. Mariusz Gąsior, head of the 3rd SUM Cardiology Clinic at SCCS in Zabrze.

- In many patients, we have evidence of premature coronary heart disease, stroke and sudden death at a young age. Familial hypercholesterolemia is responsible for some of this. There are about 30 million patients in the world with this type of hypercholesterolemia, in Poland alone the number is about 200,000 people, most of whom are unaware of the disease. The disease results in premature atherosclerosis, resulting in heart attacks or strokes i...

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