The Cholesterol Question

Do you have high cholesterol?

Do you know that you can inherit high cholesterol and not even be aware of it until you suffer a heart attack?

50% of men and 30% of women with this condition suffer a heart attack before they reach fifty.

The medical term in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) and an estimated 80% of cases are not diagnosed.

It means that you may well be fit and healthy but also have a potentially life threatening condition, that can be passed on to your children.

Early treatment is essential, no matter how young you are, but you have to detect it first. Early identification and management of FH by your GP can lower your risk of premature heart disease, and can also identify other family members who may have this condition.

If you, or someone in your family, has ever been diagnosed with high cholesterol, ask your parents, brothers or sisters whether they have as well.

Ask your GP about screening for FH. The earlier treatment begins the more effective it will be.

Make an appointment with your GP today or for more information please visit the FH Australasia Network website.