NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The British Heart Foundation said today it is funding more than £1 million ($1.7 million) to a genetic testing program for familial hypercholesterolaemia, a condition that can shorten a patient's life by 20 to 30 years if left untreated.

The program being funded by BHF will pay for nurses to screen patients and their family members for the condition. It also will go toward extending such screening services to eight NHS Trusts across England and Scotland, BHF said.

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