Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a diagnosis that refers to individuals with very significantly elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (LDL-C) or “bad cholesterol” and an increased risk of early onset of coronary artery disease if not sufficiently treated.
What is Familial hypercholesterolemia?
FH is a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol. Left untreated, heart attacks happen in
- 30% of Women by age 60
- 50% of Men by age 50
Finding and treating FH early REDUCES coronary heart disease risk by about 80%
How do you know if you have Familial hypercholesterolemia?
Signs of FH include:
- LDL-cholesterol levels over 190 mg/dL
- Family health history of early heart attacks or heart disease
- Swollen or painful Achilles tendons
- Bumps around the knuckles, elbows, or knees
Talk to your doctor if you think you could have FH
Find out if your family members have Familial hypercholesterolemia?
- If you have FH, your parents and siblings each have a 50% chance of having FH
- Your blood relatives should be checked for FH by looking at their cholesterol levels or genetic testing
Is there a Familial hypercholesterolemia test or screening?
You can work with your healthcare provide to determine if a familial hypercholesterolemia Genetic Test is right for you.
Data from Cascade Screening for Familial Hypercholesterolemia and the Use of Genetic Testing
Knowles, Rader, and Khoury JAMA 2017
How does a genetic heart test work?
Once your provider determines this test is right for you, they can do an in-office or they can order via mail-n sample to meet the needs of the patient. It is a simple process.