Personal Story from Advocate for Awareness of living with Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Jessica’s Story

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For Seven Years I Thought I had a Perfectly Healthy Child

When Jessica’s father died of a heart attack at the young age of 54, she didn’t know the reason could be genetic. “He was a stubborn man who never went to the doctor,” explains Jessica. But when the doctors told her that her total cholesterol … Read More →


Fern - Living with Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)

Cholesterol is Key - Cholesterol Education Month

September 24 is FH Awareness Day

Gradney Family Story - Familial Hypercholesterolemia and high Lipoprotein(a)

None of us have to be there again

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My name is Kristen Gradney, and I am the Senior Director of Children’s Health at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My husband, Chad Gradney, was diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) in 2013.
I’m also a mother to the two most amazing children, … Read More →


"Runs in the family" is not a diagnosis

Everyone deserves a diagnosis

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The Family Heart Foundation is dedicated to saving more families, more hearts. Today we launched our new awareness campaign to reach people who know they have heart disease or that it “runs in the family” but don’t know that it is caused by a genetic cholesterol disorder. Their condition could … Read More →


When You Have Both: Managing FH and High Lp(a)

When You Have Both: Managing FH and High Lp(a)

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March 24th was the first ever Lipoprotein(a) Awareness Day, and my conversations about it went something like this:
 
Me: Did you know today is Lp(a) Awareness Day?
Friend: What’s that?
Me: Elevated Lp(a) is a common genetic cholesterol disorder that I have.
Friend: Wait. I thought you had … Read More →


Susan's Elevated Lipoprotein(a) Story

The More We Understand, The Better Prepared We’ll Be: Susan’s Story

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Susan Riley’s personal journey with elevated Lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), has just begun, but her immediate family’s been living with it for years.
Riley got her own Lp(a) test results back recently – just in time for the first-ever Lipoprotein(a) Awareness Day. She was surprised to learn her levels … Read More →


Raising awareness of elevated Lipoprotein(a)