Both of my parents were very slim, ate healthily, and were active, yet my Dad was diagnosed with high cholesterol back in 1990. Devastatingly my Mum died of a heart attack aged only 66.
I was strongly advised to have a cholesterol test by our family GP and my cholesterol level was 8.4 and I was immediately put on statins. I was pretty shocked to discover that I had such high cholesterol.
The doctors had been encouraging me to have a test for FH since my Mum passed away, but to be honest I was scared. As I was on statins and my cholesterol levels had reduced so I kept putting it off. I am very slim (5ft 6” and 7 1/2 stone) exercise a lot and eat healthily but recently had a test which confirms FH and Lipoprotein(a).