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Last Posted: Aug 11, 2022
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Heart disease after COVID: what the data say
SM Sidik, Nature, August 2, 2022

Some studies suggest that the risk of cardiovascular problems, such as a heart attack or stroke, remains high even many months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection clears up. Researchers are starting to pin down the frequency of these issues and what is causing the damage.

Everyone deserves a diagnosis
The Family Heart Foundation, July 18, 2022

“Runs in the family” is not a diagnosis- Over the past 10 years, we have heard from thousands of people who have heart disease or had a stroke caused by an inherited cholesterol disorder. Unfortunately, they did not learn of their genetic condition until it was too late. The damage was done. They were told that heart disease or high cholesterol “runs in the family” but were never given the name of the genetic cause that leads to so much heartache across generations. We believe families deserve a diagnosis so they can get the care they deserve. That is why we have launched this campaign. We hope you will join us to help reach people who have never heard of FH or elevated Lipoprotein(a).

Lipoprotein (a)
CDC, June 29, 2022 Brand

High levels of lipoprotein (a) increase your likelihood of having a heart attack, a stroke, and aortic stenosis, especially if you have familial hypercholesterolemia or signs of coronary heart disease. High Lp(a) levels, defined as greater than 50 mg/dL (125 nmol/L),3 are common. Median Lp(a) levels vary by race and sex.4 High Lp(a) is seen in people of all races and ethnicities but appears to be more common in Black people.4 Many people with high Lp(a) have no symptoms. However, your doctor may suspect that you have high Lp(a) if you have one or more risk factors such as family history, familial hypercholesterolemia, peripheral artery disease and others.

Coronary Heart Disease, Family History and Public Health: From Familial Hypercholesterolemia to Elevated Lipoprotein A
CDC Public Health Genomics Webinar, October 24, 2022 Brand

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a genetic disorder of cholesterol metabolism affecting millions of people, has emerged as public health genomics priority for preventing premature morbidity and mortality from heart disease. In addition, elevated lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a)) increases the risk of coronary heart disease, occur in 1 in 5 people, have a strong genetic basis, and accentuate the cardiovascular risk from FH and other risk factors. This seminar will explore advances in FH and Lp(a) and the emerging clinical and public health approaches to reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease using genetics and family history.


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