French-Canadian families have a higher incidence of inherited cholesterol disorder.

LEWISTON – “Family History and Cholesterol,” a presentation by pediatric cardiologist Dr. Wade Hamilton, will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Central Maine Medical Center Conference Center.

Hamilton will talk about the diagnosis and treatment of familial hyperlipidemia, an inherited cholesterol disorder. His presentation will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Nationwide about one in 500 individuals has familial hyperlipidemia, but for those of French-Canadian descent the incidence is much higher. In Quebec the problem affects one in 50. In Maine and in the greater Lewiston-Auburn area in particular, where many people of French-Canadian ancestry make their home, familial hyperlipidemia is a serious problem but it can be treated.

A free Scorekeeper Cardiovascular Risk Screening will be offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The 20-minute procedure includes total and HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, height and waist measurements and heart disease risk analysis.

Lite dinner fare will be served.

Hamilton joined Central Maine Pediatrics, a CMMC medical practice located at 12 High Street, Suite 301, more than three years ago. Prior to beginning his practice in the Lewiston-Auburn area, he was president of Pediatric Cardiology Associates in Portland.

He served as a pediatric cardiologist at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and was a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine in Burlington, Vt.

Hamilton also practiced at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., and has held clinical academic positions at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Boston and earned his medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. He served an internship and residency in pediatrics at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis. He completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology through Harvard Medical School at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston.

Hamilton is certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Association. He is the author or co-author of several scholarly articles that have been published in professional journals.

To register for Hamilton’s presentation, the Scorekeeper TM Screening, or both, call Pam Hageny at 795-2715 or email [email protected]

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