WHEREAS, Familial Hypercholesterolemia is the most common life-threatening genetic condition, causing high levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (also known as “bad cholesterol”) and an increased risk for early and aggressive cardiovascular disease; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 34,000 individuals in Virginia and up to 1.3 million people – 1 in every 250 – have Familial Hypercholesterolemia in the United States, but fewer than 10 percent of those people have actually been diagnosed; and
WHEREAS, Familial Hypercholesterolemia can be identified via the collection of a detailed family history of cardiovascular disease and a blood cholesterol screening 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 every four to six years; and
WHEREAS, the parents, siblings, and children of a person diagnosed with Familial Hypercholesterolemia have a 50 percent chance of having Familial Hypercholesterolemia and should be screened to determine whether they have Familial Hypercholesterolemia; and
WHEREAS, early treatment and life-long management with cholesterol-lowering medications in individuals with Familial Hypercholesterolemia can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease; and
WHEREAS, Familial Hypercholesterolemia Day is an opportunity to increase awareness about heart disease and learn more about the preventative measures one can take to reduce his or her own risk;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 24, 2019, as FAMILIAL HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.