Raise Your Voices to Help Everyone #KnowFH
FH Awareness Day was established in 2012 by the Family Heart Foundation to raise awareness of familial hypercholesterolemia worldwide. Together, we raise our voices in our local communities, clinics and social media, and help people #KnowFH.
Why it's Important
Early diagnosis > Early Treatment > Saves Lives
Millions of people around the world do not know that they and their families are at severe risk for early heart disease, heart attacks, and even death. Nine out of ten people born today with familial hypercholesterolemia are undiagnosed. Yet, with early diagnosis and treatment, individuals diagnosed with FH can reduce their risk for heart disease by 80%.
Together we can raise awareness, find every individual with FH, and prevent early heart disease:
• FH is one of the most common genetic condition that causes high cholesterol. It is not caused by the food you eat.
• 1.3 million people in the U.S., and 30 million people worldwide, have FH. Only 20% are diagnosed.
• If left untreated, FH leads to heart attacks, coronary heart disease, and even death in the prime of life.
• 1 in 5 heart attacks in people under 45 are caused by FH.
• FH is a family condition. If you have FH, each of your first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) has a 50% chance of inheriting it.
• In many cases, people with FH get misdiagnosed and do not receive the care they need. If you suspect you have FH, please consult your healthcare provider or find a lipid specialist.
If you have friends or family who have high cholesterol or you know someone who had a heart attack at an early age, please tell them about FH and ask them to join the Family Heart Foundation.
o Share our FH Awareness Day resources
o If you have questions about FH, join our Tweet-a-Thon
o Share a video or story of you or a loved one living with FH
o If you treat FH, join our FH Specialist Referral Network
o Join the Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation Discussion Group on Facebook