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Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)

The FIND FH Initiative

In partnership with the Family Heart Foundation, the Emory Center for Heart Disease Prevention is implementing a new initiative, Emory FIND FH (Flag, Identify, Network and Deliver FH) to identify and screen individuals at high risk for familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), one of the most common genetic causes of early heart attacks and premature coronary heart disease.

To improve detection of FH, this effort employs a validated machine-learning algorithm created by the FH Foundation, FIND FH®, to analyze medical and insurance records of existing patients at Emory Healthcare and flag individuals suspected to have this disease. Once identified, patients and their primary care provider will be contacted about further evaluation and tailored follow-up care.

By maintaining longitudinal relationships to those identified as high-risk by the FIND FH® model, the team hopes to dynamically monitor the impacts that educational interventions and personalized outreach can have on optimizing treatment for this underdiagnosed, life-threatening condition.