September is known globally as Cholesterol Awareness Month and as part of this movement, the Family Heart Foundation has distinguished September 24 as “FH Awareness Day.” On this day and throughout the month of September, the IAS and Family Heart Foundation will be highlighting “FH Can’t Wait,” a national public awareness and advocacy campaign developed by the Family Heart Foundation, which aims to ensure that anyone with a family history of cardiac events and high cholesterol get screened for FH and start treatment.
“Educating the public about FH awareness is an extremely important initiative for the IAS,” said Raul Santos, President-Elect of the IAS. “We are excited about our partnership with the Family Heart Foundation and how the IAS’ global reach with our members societies can help spread the word about the seriousness of FH and its effects that can begin at birth.”
The two organizations are also working together to advance global public policy. The work has spanned determining the awareness and perceptions of FH within the primary care physician community in North and South America, as well as work to advance global recommendations for the identification, treatment and care of FH.
“FH represents a unique opportunity to address heart disease, the number one cause of morbidity and mortality globally, through early identification and treatment of this high-risk population,” said Katherine Wilemon, founder and chief executive officer of the Family Heart Foundation. “Our partnership with the IAS expands reflects the commitment of both organizations to prevent the pathology of coronary disease in the over 30 million people living with this genetic condition around the world”.
Join the IAS and the Family Heart Foundation in educating the public about FH Awareness Day by utilizing the FH Awareness Day Media Kit. The Foundation will also be hosting a Tweet-a-Thon on September 24 at 9 a.m. PST/11 a.m. CST/12 p.m. EST using the hashtag “KnowFH.” Join in the online discussion.