This year, Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Awareness Day is on September 24, 2016. It was initiated by The FH Foundation as part of their mission to raise awareness of FH in the public.
The FH Foundation is a patient-centered nonprofit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and research of all forms of FH. Our mission is to raise awareness and save lives by increasing the rate of early diagnosis and encouraging proactive treatment. If left untreated, FH leads to aggressive and early heart disease in women, men and children of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia is a common genetic disorder which disrupts the body’s ability to clear cholesterol from the blood. This results in abnormally high levels of LDL-cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) from birth. The excess cholesterol deposits in blood vessels, making them narrower (atherosclerosis).
Find more information about this year’s FH Awareness Day here: https://thefhfoundation.org/fh-awareness-day/