Why Differentiate FH?
FH IS UNDERDIAGNOSED, UNDERTREATED AND LIFE-THREATENING
FH is Different – “You never find an individual with FH. You always find a family.” – Katherine A. Wilemon
– Katherine A. WilemonAccording to the Consensus Statement published by the European Atherosclerosis Society, more than 90% (and maybe as high as 99%) of individuals with FH in the US have not been properly diagnosed due to gaps in screening, recognition and classification of FH.
- If not identified and aggressively treated from an early age, individuals with FH have a 20-fold increased life time risk of heart disease compared to the general population.
- However, with optimal treatment an affected individual’s lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease approaches the risk in the general population.