010 – Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) | My Family

Travis Brown This Medical Life Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Podcast

This is our story of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia.

Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is an under-recognised genetic condition that causes elevated cholesterol in patients and affects approximately 1/250 people in Australia. Approximately 100,000 Australians have FH but only ~5% are diagnosed. This needs to change.

 

FH causes early cardiovascular disease and can be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in those affect. How do I know? Because a few years ago my brother with no significant co-morbidities and a healthy lifestyle had a life-threatening acute myocardial infarct (heart-attack) at the age of 43.

 

Our special guests for this episode include:

  • Dr Gavin Brown (brother of the co-host)
  • A/Professor Damon Bell (Chemical pathologist for Clinipath, PhD in FH, A/Prof at the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia)
  • Professor Graeme Suthers (Director of Sonic Genetics Australia)