Understanding Familial Hypercholesterolemia
Although high cholesterol levels are usually associated with adults, the inherited condition, familial hypercholesterolemia, also affects children. Young people with familial hypercholesterolemia may not demonstrate any symptoms, but the condition can lead to long-term consequences, such as heart disease, if not diagnosed and treated early. To ease the fear and anxiety commonly associated with diagnoses, we use modalities and creative art styles that address psychological, educational, and health literacy barriers. We acknowledge that diagnoses affect the whole family and that peer-to-peer learning - using real patient stories as the premise of an evidenced-based video - is an authentic and comforting way to explain difficult medical concepts. In this 2D animation, "Understanding Familial Hypercholesterolemia" tells the story of a recently diagnosed child explaining his condition to a friend as they play a board game. In simple and clear language, leveraging a familiar setting, the friends explore the following concepts and learning points together: cholesterol, where it comes from and its different types; familial hypercholesterolemia and how it is inherited; the consequences of high cholesterol levels; treatment and the importance of adherence to medication; and the added value of maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise.