FH Resources

FH Patient Materials

Help your patients—and their families—learn about FH by downloading and sharing these resources.

If you would like hard copies of any of the downloadable resources, you may request them through the Contact Us form.

The FH Fact Sheet

The FH Fact Sheet

This one-page document, developed by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, offers quick information about FH, answering commonly asked questions about familial hypercholesterolemia. Includes a diagram that helps you complete a fast family tree.

Download the Fact Sheet (PDF)

The FH Booklet

The FH Booklet

Available in over 15 countries and counting!

Written by Norwegian lipid specialist Leiv Ose, MD, and endorsed and distributed by the National Lipid Association, the booklet is specifically designed for families with FH. A copy of the booklet can be ordered in any available language by clicking on the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page and sending an email request.

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FH Journeys From Around the Globe

FH Journeys From Around the Globe

A 28 page patient testimonial booklet created to allow FH patients, Caregivers, and Lipid Specialists from around the world to share, in their own words, their journey with FH. This booklet will give the reader an appreciation for the importance of the partnership between the FH patient and lipid specialist and the hope that a diagnosis of FH can bring. This booklet also provides a list of valuable global resources available to FH patients and their families.

Download and Print (PDF) 

Talking FH with Your Family

Family Guide to Discussing FH

This one-page guide offers tips to patients who will be discussing familial hypercholesterolemia with their families.

Download the Guide (PDF)

LearnYourLipids.com

LearnYourLipids.com

This website provides your patients with information from the National Lipid Association. Features include a lipid IQ test; lipid specialist finder; information on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment; tips for healthy living; and videos.

Visit LearnYourLipids.com

Gina Resource

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Information about a federal law that was passed to protect your patients and their families from genetic discrimination by health insurers and employers.

Learn About GINA on Genome.gov



FH Apps and Videos

FH iPhone App

FH App

Download the Simon Broome Assessment App, based on a set of criteria for recognizing familial hypercholesterolemia. The App is available for both iPad® and iPhone®. The Simon Broome criteria are included in the UK’s NICE guidelines for FH.

Download the App

Genetic Mutations That Impact LDL Clearance

Genetic Mutations That Impact LDL Clearance

Watch a video on genetic mutations that are most frequently linked to FH.16

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FH Animation

FH Animation

Watch a video that explains how familial hypercholesterolemia genetic mutations affect cholesterol levels.

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This video is also available on the FH Journeys YouTube channel in the following languages:

 

Apo B Video

Apo B Video

Watch a video that explains the importance of Apo B in atherogenic particles, such as LDL and Lp(a).

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Take Quiz

This video is also available on the FH Journeys YouTube channel in the following languages:

 

Lp(a) Video

Lp(a) Video

Watch a video that explains how elevated Lp(a) levels increase cardiovascular risk in people with FH.

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Take Quiz

This video is also available on the FH Journeys YouTube channel in the following languages:

 

External Video

Why FH Is Important in Primary Care and Cardiology Practice

Christie M. Ballantyne, MD on the importance of the NLA recommendations. Dr. Ballantyne is Director, Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Methodist DeBakey Heart Center; Codirector, Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic, The Methodist Hospital; Associate Chief and Clinical Director, Section of Atherosclerosis, Department of Medicine; Director, Maria and Alando J. Ballantyne Atherosclerosis and Lipid Laboratory; and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

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Recommendations and Guidelines

Clinical Guidance from the NLA’s Expert Panel on FH

Clinical Guidance from the NLA’s Expert Panel on FH

A summary of the National Lipid Association’s recommendations for diagnosis, screening, and management of familial hypercholesterolemia in adult and pediatric patients.

Download FH Clinical Guidance (PDF)

Highlights for Clinical Practice

Highlights for Clinical Practice

Key facts on hypercholesterolemia, including diagnostic criteria, risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), inheritance patterns, and founder populations.

Download FH Highlights (PDF)

FH Genotype Analysis

  • Mayo Medical Laboratories

    A global reference laboratory that provides genetic testing services, test selection guidance, and result interpretation references for disorders including familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), and also offers continuing education for healthcare professionals worldwide.

  • Athena Diagnostics

    Offers genetic testing for hypercholesterolemia, which includes testing for disease-associated mutations in LDLR or APOB.

  • Ambry Genetics

    Offers the Familial Hypercholesterolemia AMPLIFIED™ test, which includes concurrent gene sequence analysis of the LDLR gene, PCSK9 gene and exon 26 of the APOB gene, with reflex to deletion/duplication analysis of LDLR.

  • Progenika

    Specializes in the design and production of genotyping microarrays to be used in the diagnosis and prognosis of genetically complex diseases, including familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).

     

Professional Organizations and Associations

A list of publications and resources about familial hypercholesterolemia that may be of interest to medical professionals.

  • The FH Foundation

    The FH Foundation works to raise awareness of FH in the public domain, medical community, and government in the United States through education and advocacy.

  • National Lipid Association

    A national lipid organization dedicated to enhancing the practice of lipid management and home to a tool that allows you to find a lipid specialist in your area.

  • Lipids Online

    A site developed by Baylor College of Medicine that provides resources for researchers, faculty, and clinicians in lipid disorders.

  • MEDPED (Make Early Diagnosis to Prevent Early Deaths)

    A nonprofit devoted to diagnosing and treating people with familial hypercholesterolemia.

  • International FH Foundation

    The International FH Foundation works to raise awareness of FH in the public domain, medical community, and government.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

    Recommendations on lipid screening and cardiovascular health in childhood.

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

    Report of the expert panel on cardiovascular health and risk reduction in children and adolescents.

  • Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

    PCNA is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals.

  • American Society for Preventative Cardiology

    American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) a multidisciplinary national education organization for healthcare professionals who have a dedicated interest in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Our site provides numerous resources for members.

International Professional Organizations

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Why screen families?

When you find an FH patient, you find a family.

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Role of lipid specialists

The NLA recommends consultation with a specialist for management of homozygous FH, treatment of children with FH, and other challenging FH cases.1
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