Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia Information and Resources
Fund Status and Eligibility
Fully Allocated - Effective 02/20/2019, we are unable to process applications that are pending or accept new or renewal applications at this time. Should additional funding for Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia Fund applicants become available in the future, it will be necessary to re-apply if assistance is still needed.
Maximum Award Level: $7,500 Per Year
- Patient must be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
- Patient must have a confirmed diagnosis of Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia .
- Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
- Patient's income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) with consideration of the Cost of Living Index (COLI) and the number in the household.
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Information About the Disease
Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder characterized by high cholesterol levels, specifically very high levels of low-density lipoprotein, in the blood and early cardiovascular disease. Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) is a rare, but very severe form of an inherited disorder resulting from a genetic mutation on chromosome number 19. This mutation makes the liver incapable of metabolizing cholesterol, specifically low-density lipoprotein (LDL), resulting in very high LDL levels. The disorder leads to aggressive atherosclerosis, which if left untreated, causes individuals to experience heart attacks or death before age 30. Many patients with homozygous FH must undergo LDL apheresis on a regular basis. LDL Apheresis is a process by which blood is removed, LDL-C is filtered out, and then the person’s blood is returned to their body. It is similar to dialysis. This form of familial hypercholesterolemia occurs in about 1 in 160,000 to one million people worldwide.
Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia Resources
PAF's National Underinsured Resource Directory
Acute Coronary Syndrome: Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention (Interactive Patient Resource developed by The FH Foundation, the Association of Black Cardiologists and Krames Staywell)
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Familial Hypercholesterolemia Diagnosis app for iPhone
Familial Hypercholesterolemia Journeys
Genes in Life (Find out more about the relationship between health and genetics)
Genetics in Primary Care Institute (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Global Genes Project
Global Genes Toolkits
International Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation
Learn Your Lipids
MEDPED – Make Early Diagnosis to Prevent Early Death
National Institutes of Health
National Lipid Association
National Society of Genetic Counselors
Preventive Cardiac Nurses Association (PCNA)
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