The Facts on Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia By The FH Foundation

Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia - HoFH

What if you had high cholesterol but diet, exercise and commonly used medications couldn’t lower your cholesterol to a recommended level? This frightening condition is real. It’s called HoFH or Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia, and people inherit it from both of their parents. Watch this “Behind the Mystery: Rare and Genetic Diseases” segment as we talk with Dr. Pamela Morris, Cardiologist, Amanda, a 20 year old patient, and Katherine Wilemon from the FH Foundation about the signs, symptoms and what everyone should know about this condition – including that there are treatment options that have been approved in the last year for adults with this disorder.

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Sky High “Bad” Cholesterol

Diet, exercise, and commonly used medications typically can’t control the very high LDL cholesterol levels from this genetic condition

We all know that an unhealthy lifestyle may lead to high cholesterol. But can you be born with a condition that results in very high cholesterol that typically can’t be controlled by lifestyle changes and/or commonly used medications? Yes—and it’s called HoFH or Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a serious, genetic condition, and one of the most common inherited disorders. For people who have FH, their body is unable to remove the cholesterol that their bodies are producing. As a result, their cholesterol levels get higher and higher – it’s this excessive constant exposure to high cholesterol levels that often leads to blockages in the arteries of the heart and/or brain early in life.

There are two forms of the disease. If you inherit the condition from one parent, you will have Heterozygous FH (HeFH). If you inherit FH from both parents, it is called Homozygous FH (HoFH). HoFH is the most severe form of the disorder and can cause serious consequences.

Many times people living with HoFH may not even realize they have this disorder until they develop problems with their health associated with high cholesterol so it’s important to know what the signs and symptoms of HoFH are so you can recognize them and find appropriate treatment if necessary. What sign or symptoms to look for:

  • Family history of cardiovascular issues
  • Heart disease early in life, such as having heart attacks or strokes in 20s, 30s or 40s
  • Spots or bumps on or around your elbows,knees, hands, ankles or eyes that are yellow-ish in color
  • Difficulty getting LDL-C (“bad” cholesterol) down to recommended targets, even when being treated with therapies to reduce it

It’s also really important to remember that you don’t need to have all of these signs or symptoms to have HoFH. If you or someone you know has any of these signs or symptoms, talk to your doctor about seeing a cardiologist or physician that specializes in lipids.

The good news is that there are treatment options for adults with HoFH that have become available in the past year that may be added to existing treatments to potentially lower LDL cholesterol levels even further.

Tune in to The Balancing Act® on Lifetime TV on Wednesday, July 24th and July 31st at 7:00 am (ET/PT)where Dr. Pam Morris, a cardiologist with the Medical University of South Carolina, will visit the show to talk more about HoFH and treatment options. Also on the show – Amanda Willson, a person with HoFH, and Katherine Wilemon, President of The FH Foundation.

For more information, please visit: http://www.thefhfoundation.org or http://www.learnyour lipids.com


Inherited Rare Condition Called HoFH Featured on The Balancing Act® on Lifetime TV

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Inherited Rare Condition Called HoFH Featured on The Balancing Act® on Lifetime TV

Viewers will learn about rare inherited disease with sky high cholesterol in segment supported by Aegerion Pharmaceuticals

(Pompano Beach, FL – CISION July 26, 2013) Popular morning show The Balancing Act® will feature the rare, inherited disorder Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia on their show airing on Wednesday, July 31st at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime TV. The segment is supported by Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Make sure to watch as Danielle and Kristy help jump start the day with animated conversation and great information to balance and empower a woman’s life.

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– The Facts about HoFH, by Aegerion Pharmaceuticals
What if you had high cholesterol but diet, exercise and commonly used medications couldn’t lower your cholesterol to a recommended level? This frightening condition is real. It’s called HoFH or Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia, and people inherit it from both of their parents. Join this “Behind the Mystery: Rare and Genetic Diseases” segment as we talk with Dr. Pamela Morris, Cardiologist, Amanda, a 20 year old patient, and Katherine Wilemon from the FH Foundation about the signs, symptoms and what everyone should know about this condition – including that there are treatment options that have been approved in the last year for adults with this disorder. This segment is supported by Aegerion Pharmaceuticals.

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