FH patients have mutations in their genes that limit the body’s ability to remove cholesterol, thereby increasing the amount of cholesterol in their bloodstream. Abnormally high levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream can lead to serious and potentially fatal problems with the heart and blood vessels, including heart attack, stroke and even death. FH causes progressive build-up of artery-blocking plaque; patients may not recognize any symptoms or be aware of the condition. The first symptoms can be a fatal heart attack or stroke.
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To find out how to join the FH patient registry, go to www.thefhfoundation.org.