"Runs in the family" is not a diagnosis

The Family Heart Awareness Campaign is here to reach people who have a personal or family history of early cardiovascular disease but don’t know why. Too many people don’t have the answers they deserve. They’re struggling with a heart attack or loss of a loved one too early with no explanation. We want them to consider whether the cause might be an inherited lipid disorder – familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) or elevated Lipoprotein(a) – or both.

Over the past 10 years, we have heard from so many people. One thing many of them have in common is they were told heart disease or high cholesterol “runs in the family.” This is not a diagnosis. Without a diagnosis or a name for their condition, people do not understand what FH or high Lipoprotein(a) is. They don’t know what it means for themselves, their families, or what they can do about it. There is so much we can do! That’s why we chose this theme for the campaign: “'Runs in the Family' is not a diagnosis."

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