Large-scale research and genetic studies concur that familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common genetic condition that impacts all races and ethnicities. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 250 individuals worldwide have FH. That means, each of us reading this FH Foundation blog probably knows … Read More
Increasing screening for familial hypercholesterolemia is critical for finding the 85% of individuals who are not diagnosed today. The FH Foundation leads critical research to uncover some of the barriers for cascade screening, also known as family screening, and genetic testing in the United States.
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You may have heard about Lipoprotein (a), Lp(a) or often referred to as “Lp little a.” Lp(a) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.The level of Lp(a) found in a person’s blood is entirely genetically predetermined. This means that unlike other cardiac risk factors, Lp(a) can’t … Read More
Individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) were able to lower their cholesterol under FH specialty care, but many are still not meeting LDL-cholesterol targets, according to the FH Foundation’s CASCADE FH® Registry. In new research published in the October issue of Atherosclerosis, 52 … Read More
Affordable prescription drugs are necessary so individuals can benefit from advances in medicine to treat conditions such as familial hypercholesterolemia. Medical research and innovation make it possible to actually prevent or delay heart disease in people born with FH. All it takes is early diagnosis … Read More
We are constantly bombarded with information about risk and risk factors for heart disease. The numbers are often confusing, sometimes they are big (50 or 100 times the risk), sometimes they are small, and sometimes they are in percent form (20% higher, 300% higher). What does this information mean … Read More
Editor’s note: Today, Mike Smith shares how high cholesterol and heart disease took a toll on his family for generations. Until the day he had a proper diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia, and he knew he could manage it.
My story goes back longer than I can remember. I have a great … Read More