Focus on Your Family History

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an inherited disorder that increases the chance of early heart attacks. Exploring your family pattern of heart disease can help your doctor determine whether or not you and your relatives should be screened for FH.1

FH and Families

FH is a genetic disorder that occurs in families. If one person in a family has FH, their siblings and children have a 1 in 2 chance of having FH, too.4

Learn the signs of FH in families

Groups with Higher Rates of FH

FH occurs in about 1 in 500 people worldwide. However, in some population groups, it can be 2−5 times more common than in the general population.8

Find out which groups have a high rate of FH

FH in Your Family

One way to understand your risk of FH is to check your family history for patterns of early heart disease.

Examine your family history

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Your rights on genetic information

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