What are Genetic Mutations?

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Familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, is a disorder caused by a hereditary gene mutation. Since gene mutation causes FH, it’s hard to understand this common genetic disorder without first understanding genetic mutations. While not all mutations are bad, many can cause serious genetic disorders like … Read More


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FH is a Genetic Disorder

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Familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to remove LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, from the bloodstream, leading to dangerous buildups of plaque in the blood vessels and the serious cardiovascular problems that can result. To understand how FH is passed … Read More


June 2-4, 2014: QCOR 2014 (Baltimore, MD)

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Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Sessions.
Quality in Practice. That is the underlying theme of the 2014 conference. At a time of unprecedented change in the healthcare environment, the goal of the conference is to share insights form thought leaders, provide practical tools for researchers … Read More


Heterozygous vs Homozygous FH

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Familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, is an inherited genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to manage cholesterol.  The result is very high levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, from birth.  This protracted exposure to high levels of LDL leads to a twenty fold increase in the risk of … Read More



June 4-8 – ESCAPE 2014

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Emory Symposium on Coronary Atherosclerosis Prevention and Education 2014 will be held in Amelia Island, FL. Our very own Katherine Wilemon will be there to give a speech on Heart and Soul: The FH Foundation – from Awareness to Action. At ESCAPE attendees will hear nationally renowned speakers … Read More


May 31st – June 3rd – EAS 2014 Madrid

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2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Atherosclerosis Society. The 82nd Congress of the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS 2014) is dedicated to advancing the field of atherosclerosis through collaborative educational experiences. Based on the most up-to-date developments … Read More



May 3 – U Penn Fundraising Bike Ride

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On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, the University of Pennsylvania will be holding a “Million Dollar Bike Ride” to raise funds for research of rare diseases. The Penn Medicine Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy has partnered with Rare Disease Cycling to organize this event for the first … Read More