High cholesterol is not only the result of an unhealthy lifestyle and poor diet.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia or FH is a disease characterised by high LDL-cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol from birth. Transmitted from generation to generation, it is the most common genetic disease in Europe affecting up to 1 in 200 people among all age groups1.
People with FH may suffer from an accelerated process which leads to atherosclerosis and premature coronary artery disease at a much younger age than in the general population2.
Unfortunately FH is not well known by physicians, patients and the public, and in many countries, such as France and Italy, over 90% of people with FH are not diagnosed.