Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
FH is a codominant genetic disorder that occurs due to mutations in the gene for the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor. This disease, which affects approximately 1 in 500 people, results in high levels of LDL cholesterol and is associated with a high risk of early coronary heart disease. More information about FH can be found at the website of Med-Ped, a non-profit project funded to help treat individuals and families with inherited high cholesterol disorders.
Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart disease and stroke are among the nation's leading causes of death and disability, and incidence of these conditions is likely to increase sharply as the "baby boomer" generation ages. Yet these conditions are largely preventable. As expressed in the Steps to a Healthier US initiative from Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, the long-term solution for our nation's health care crisis requires embracing prevention as the first step. To reverse the epidemic of heart disease and stroke through increasingly effective prevention, action is needed now.
The World Health Organization's report 'Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke' addresses the risk factors, burdens and the actions required to contain this disease.