Learning to live with
Suzanne found out she had an inherited high blood
cholesterol level, called FH or familial
hypercholesterolaemia, after her dad died from a heart attack
aged just 41.
Because he died at such a young age, her
doctor recommended that she and her family should have
their blood cholesterol levels
I understand that FH is a manageable condition and I'm happy I can lead a normal, healthy life.
While the rest of her
family was fine, Suzanne’s cholesterol levels were high. She
was referred to a lipid clinic where she met a specialist who
provided advice and support, helping her understand how to manage
Suzanne keeps her heart healthy by doing
regular physical activity, monitors her
diet to make sure it’s as healthy as it
can be, and takes statin medicines to
help lower her cholesterol levels. She’s positive about life and
confident about her future.
Find out more about cholesterol
You can hear from Ali and Karen, who
were also told they had high blood cholesterol levels, and
find out what they do to lower their cholesterol levels.
Learn how BHF-funded research into FH has gone from
bench-to-bedside in our
lifesaving science booklet.