Because knowing your family history plays such a crucial role in early treatment and diagnosis of these conditions, Cascade Genetic Screening was one of the standout strategies discussed. Not sure what that means? It’s a method for identifying people at risk for a genetic condition by tracing it through their family. Watch the video below for a great explanation!
At work and can’t watch? Here are some key takeaways: Genetic conditions affect multiple family members. Once one person is identified, it’s important to look at the rest of their family since they’re at greater risk. Encourage family members to get checked. Let them know you have a genetic condition; they may not have symptoms but could be pre-symptomatic (or not showing signs yet) Go beyond your immediate family to children, siblings, aunts and uncles, and so on.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia is a common but treatable genetic disease. By treating it early, we can prevent life-threatening events.
Share your thoughts in the comments.
It’s not very often that you really get an opportunity to make a difference. It’s my deal with life that since I’m here and I survived my heart attack… [I’d like to] help other people to …avoid having these early heart attacks or even dying prematurely. —Katherine Wilemon
Is There a Specific Test for FH? Learn now!