Understanding Your HoFH Risk
Complimentary HoFH Genetic Testing Offer
the Family Heart Foundation is offering no-cost genetic counseling and testing for individuals who meet criteria for HoFH or suspected HoFH and choose to have genetic testing to better understand their diagnosis, in collaboration with Invitae and Genome Medical. If you are interested and have not already received a code for this offer, please contact the Family Heart Foundation at (844) 434-6334 or email info@theFHFoundation.org.
What is Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia?
FH is short for Familial Hypercholesterolemia. It is an inherited disorder that leads to aggressive and premature cardiovascular disease. This includes problems like heart attacks, strokes, and even narrowing of our heart valves. For individuals with FH, although diet and lifestyle are important, they are not the cause of high LDL cholesterol. In FH patients, genetic mutations make the liver incapable of metabolizing (or removing) excess LDL particles, that carry cholesterol, from the blood. The result is very high LDL cholesterol levels which can lead to premature cardiovascular disease (CVD).
About the Family Heart Foundation
We are a patient-centered nonprofit organization dedicated to research, advocacy, and education of all forms of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Our mission is to raise awareness and save lives by increasing the rate of early diagnosis and encouraging proactive treatment.