A high level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), known as “bad” cholesterol, is recognized as a major, modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease.1,2 Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) is caused by a build-up of cholesterol-rich plaque in the arteries.3 Over time, this plaque can lead to reduced blood flow, and a number of other heart-related problems.4 Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited cholesterol condition that leads to high levels of LDL-C at an early age.5 People with FH have a 50% chance of passing the condition on to their children.5 But despite an estimated 1 million people in the U.S. with FH, less than 1% have been diagnosed.6
Listen to people from around the world share their
Messages From the Heart about living with FH.6
Please watch and share these Messages From the Heart to help raise awareness of this underdiagnosed condition6
Roll over the leaves below to learn more about cholesterol health in
patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and familial hypercholesterolemia,
an inherited cholesterol condition.
Learn more about FH in this short whiteboard animation video.
Learn more about ASCVD and FH in the U.S. in this downloadable infographic.
Watch and share these “Messages From the Heart”
Mealtime is a great opportunity to learn about your family’s heart health history.
Use the below tools to help initiate these conversations at the dinner table!