BMC Racing Team and FH Foundation Launch Partnership at AMGEN Tour of California13. May 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team and FH Foundation will join forces at the AMGEN Tour of California to raise awareness of the common genetic disorder, familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).
In honor of the Breakaway from Heart Disease™ campaign associated with the AMGEN Tour of California, the FH Foundation and BMC Racing Team are putting the spotlight on the common genetic disorder that often leads to premature heart disease.
“At BMC Racing Team, we feel it is important to use our standing in the cycling and wider sporting community to support various projects, and our partnership with FH Foundation is a perfect fit. Cycling is a sport that attracts millions of fans around the world and statistically, a large number of our fans are most likely at risk of heart disease as a result of genetically induced high cholesterol,” Ochowicz said.
“By raising awareness through our partnership with FH Foundation, we hope to educate our fans on identifying and managing their risk of heart disease.”
According to the FH Foundation, familial hypercholesterolemia is one of the most common life-threatening family disorders. If left untreated, it can lead to early and aggressive heart disease and lead to a 50% risk of heart attack by age 50 in men, and a 30% risk in women by age 60.
More than 30 million people worldwide have familial hypercholesterolemia, yet 90% remain undiagnosed.
"The FH Foundation is excited to partner with BMC Racing Team to increase awareness and diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) - one of the more under-recognized causes of inherited heart disease around the world", says Katherine Wilemon, Founder and CEO of the FH Foundation. "If you have FH, you need an accurate diagnosis and appropriate care to win the race against heart disease."
About the FH Foundation™
The FH Foundation is a patient-centered nonprofit organization dedicated to education and research of Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). The mission of the FH Foundation is to raise awareness and save lives by increasing the rate of early diagnosis and encouraging proactive treatment. To learn more about the FH Foundation, visit www.thefhfoundation.org. Health care providers can visit www.theFHFoundation.org/FIND-FH to gain insight into how many individuals with probable FH are in their practice and community.