Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) - a tragically under-diagnosed cause of premature death or disability

Hashtag: #FHQA

Online Q&A
February 26, 2015. 2:00pm – 3:00 PM EST

There are at least 10 million individuals across the world who have familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). It is estimated that 650,000 live with FH in the US and Canada and around a million in the EU.

If untreated people with FH suffer a much higher rate of premature death or disability from cardiovascular disease.

Ward Health, Patients and Research and FH Canada Patient Network, are pleased to host an hour-long conversation on familial hyperchlesterolaemia (FH).

Joining the discussion will be David Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Global Health and Pharmaceutical Policy, UCL London, and Durhane Wong-Rieger founder and colunteer coordinator of the FH Canada Patient Network.  Our expert faculty will be:  Dr. Jacques Genest (McGill University), Dr. Jiri Frohlich (University of British Columbia), Dr. Robert Hegele (University of Western Ontario), and Dr. Daniel Gaudet.(Université de Montréal).

Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a relatively common genetic disorder, affecting about1 in 500 people. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The importance of increasing public awareness about FH
  • The urgent need for better screening
  • The value of early diagnosis and treatment
  • The future prospects for effective new treatments
  • The need for further research on FH

Edit (Feb 26, 3pm)
Thank you to our panelists and all those who asked questions for the highly informative Q&A.  Please continue to use #FHQA and check back here for updates.

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