Genetics, Heart Disease, and the Game of Life

Genetics, Heart Disease, and the Game of Life

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Everyone gets dealt their own hand of cards in the game of life. I inherited two different genetic disorders that each lead to atherosclerosis; a mutation that causes high Lipoprotein(a) and a mutation that causes high LDL Cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. This means that that from birth, high levels of … Read More →

New Research to Improve Screening for FH

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Franco Americans, Familial Hypercholesterolemia and the Founder Effect

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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 Family Heart Foundation blog probably … Read More →

Early Signs of Heart Disease

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Finding solutions to family screening for genetic risk for heart disease

Research published: improving family screening for individuals at genetic risk for heart disease

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Increasing screening for familial hypercholesterolemia is critical for finding the 85% of individuals who are not diagnosed today. the Family Heart Foundation leads critical research to uncover some of the barriers for cascade screening, also known as family screening, and genetic testing in the United … Read More →

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New CASCADE FH Registry Data Published: Familial Hypercholesterolemia Patients at High Risk for Cardiovascular Events Despite Treatment

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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 Family Heart Foundation’s CASCADE FH® Registry. In new research published in the October issue of Atherosclerosis, … Read More →

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Why are FH patients paying a higher price for PCSK9 inhibitor treatment when a lower price is available, and what can we do about it?


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 →