FH Awareness Day Media Kit
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is the most common genetic condition leading to early heart disease. In fact, 1 in 220 people have FH, 1.3 million Americans, but 90% are undiagnosed. FH causes high LDL cholesterol from birth and is the cause for 20 percent of early heart attacks (heart attacks that occur in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s). Early and significant reduction of LDL cholesterol is key to successful management of FH, which requires lifelong treatment. Family screening is critical since each first degree relative of an individual with FH, has a 50% chance of having the condition.
FH Awareness Day is September 24, 2018 as part of Cholesterol Education Month. The FH Foundation will be highlighting FH Can’t Wait, our national public awareness and advocacy campaign which aims to ensure that anyone with a family history of early cardiac events and high cholesterol get screened for FH and start treatment.