Father's Day

Hope this Father’s Day from Dads in our Family Heart Community

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Every year we dedicate a Sunday to our fathers and father-figures. They guide us through life’s toughest moments, teach us how to stand on our own two feet, and give us love no matter what. We spend the day recognizing those important members of our family, but when you live with a genetic condition … Read More →


Mothers Day

Mother’s Day Reflections from Moms in our Community Living with Genetic Dyslipidemias

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Mother’s Day is a beautiful day devoted to the mothers and mother-figures who give us life, nurture our growth, and love us unconditionally. It is filled with emotion and gratitude. When you live with a genetic condition like familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) or high lipoprotein(a), Lp(a), those … Read More →


Laurence and a waterfall

These Are My People: Laurence’s Story

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“I think the hardest part of my story is that I didn’t know anything. I’m still coming to grips with that.”
Laurence grew up in Ireland and came to the US in the early 1990s. He always considered himself a very healthy person with an allergy problem. “I look after my health, I do all my … Read More →


Living with elevated Lipoprotein(a)

It Wasn’t a Panic Attack. It Was a Heart Attack.

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Jenny’s Lp(a) Story

I thought it was a panic attack. In fairness, I was only 41. A nonsmoker. A longtime vegetarian with good cholesterol numbers. As physically active as I could be while working a full-time job and wrangling a toddler.
But what happened in October 2019 wasn’t a panic attack. It … Read More →


Stacey's story

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 & 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 →


Russ Lipoprotein(a) Personal Story

Family Heart Foundation Advocate for high Lipoprotein(a) - Gail