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High Cholesterol and FH

Why You Should Be Tested for HIGH CHOLESTEROL and FH Wenter’s Tale She was with friends at a restaurant when the sweats suddenly hit her. That’s all it was, just sweating. A hot flash, perhaps? “We were joking that ‘40 is the new 60’ and this was the world’s biggest hot flash! For about 25 minutes, I was uncomfortable but not enough to go home,” said Wenter Blair, describing those odd sensations just a few years ago. “I got back to the house later, and I was still thinking it was just a hot flash … the next morning I got up and called my OB/GYN, and she said she wanted me in the office right now. So I went in — she met me at the front door and immediately hooked me up to an EKG machine. When it was done, she said, ‘Honey, you had a heart attack last night.’” Wenter Blair It took three more heart attacks, several heart procedures and the insight of a leading cardiologist to get to the bottom of what was really wrong with Wenter Blair: She has familial hypercholesterolemia, better known as FH. Blair, the co-founder and a member of the founding Board of Directors of the FH Foundation, has taken her frightening experiences and turned them into a major cause: educating all who need to know about the very real threat FH poses to their lives. Today, Blair has her FH — and that of her son, Christian, who also has it — under control is leading a healthy life. Once he was diagnosed, Christian was immediately started on a pediatric dose of statin therapy. “Christian’s LDL is now 112 and we have 100 percent eliminated his heart and stroke threat from his future,” said Blair. “It cost me $4 a month to get his prescription, to save my child’s life.” 20


High Cholesterol and FH
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