September 24, 2014: Familial Hypercholesterolemia Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Familial Hypercholesterolemia is one of the most common genetic conditions, causing high levels of LDL cholesterol (also known as “bad cholesterol”) and an increased risk for early and aggressive cardiovascular disease; and,

WHEREAS, it is estimated that approximately 19,800-49,500 individuals in Michigan and up to 2 million people in the U.S.—1 in every 200-500 people—have Familial Hypercholesterolemia, but less than 10 percent of those people have actually been diagnosed; and,

WHEREAS, five percent of heart attacks that occur in individuals under age 60 and up to 20 percent of heart attacks that occur in individuals under age 45 are due to Familial Hypercholesterolemia; and,

WHEREAS, Familial Hypercholesterolemia can be identified via the collection of a detailed family history of cardiovascular disease and a blood cholesterol screen and confirmed with DNA testing; and,

WHEREAS, cholesterol screening is recommended for children between the ages of 2 and 8 with a family history of high cholesterol or early onset cardiovascular disease; for all children between the ages of 9 and 11; for all young adults between the ages of 17 and 21; and for all adults approximately every 5 years; and,

WHEREAS, through the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan, all Michigan adults are encouraged to know and monitor their cholesterol levels among other key health measures; and,

WHEREAS, the parents, siblings, and children of a person diagnosed with Familial Hypercholesterolemia have a 50 percent chance to also have Familial Hypercholesterolemia and should be screened to determine whether they do have Familial Hypercholesterolemia; and,

WHEREAS, early treatment with cholesterol-lowering medications in individuals with Familial Hypercholesterolemia can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to raise awareness of Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Michigan and encourage all residents to learn about their family’s heart health history and to have their blood cholesterol checked based on current national guidelines;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, September 24, 2014 as Familial Hypercholesterolemia Awareness Day in Michigan.