Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited form of high cholesterol, which if untreated, can lead to premature cardiovascular disease and early death. I inherited FH from my dad, who died from a heart attack at the age of 51. No one in our family had ever heard of FH, until I was diagnosed several years later after asking to see the results of a life insurance physical. My LDL was more than three times the recommended level!
Since my diagnosis more than 10 years ago, I have been able to manage my cholesterol with medication and a healthy lifestyle. Many of my family members have been diagnosed, too. FH is surprisingly common: it is estimated that one in 250 people have FH, and 90% of those people don't even know they have it. Those people are missing out on knowledge and treatment that could save their lives.
This is why I am participating in the Race for FH. I will turn 40 years old in September, and in honor of FH Awareness Day (September 24), I will row 5K and raise funds for the FH Foundation. I want to help fund research, spread awareness and advocate for people with FH – people like my dad, like my brother, like my cousins.
I hope you will support my efforts by making a donation today! To learn more about FH and the work of the FH Foundation, visit www.thefhfoundation.org.