"Runs in the family" is not a diagnosis

Real family living with FH and high Lp(a)

Why FH Diagnosis Matters

A conversation with Dr. Keith Ferdinand & Chad Gradney

In this Family Heart Foundation video podcast recording Dr. Keith Ferdinand (Professor of Medicine, Tulane School of Medicine) and Chad Gradney (Advocate for Awareness, Family Heart Foundation) talk about why "Runs in the Family" is NOT a diagnosis and why knowing matters! Chad was diagnosed with the genetic cholesterol disorders, familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and elevated Lipoprotein(a), also known as Lp(a) – both can lead to early heart disease and stroke. He shares his family history of heart disease and how getting a diagnosis saved his life.


If heart disease or stroke run in the family, it could be a genetic condition.