Scott Sayers

Scott Sayers

Scott Sayers is a Dallas Police Homicide Detective and an FH Foundation volunteer Advocate for Awareness. He lives in Texas with his wife and two children, where he still loves to play soccer.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia: When High Cholesterol & Early Heart Disease Runs in the Family

I grew up in a house that was always active, either in sports or outdoors. 

So, you might wonder how someone like me, now 48 years old, has already had double bypass, six stents, and a heart attack. 

I learned I had high cholesterol when I was 13, right after my dad had quadruple bypass surgery. He was 39. We didn’t know then it was a common genetic disorder called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), passed on from parent to child. We were told it was just unusually high cholesterol and that my dad and I would need to be on a statin for the rest of our lives. 

I don’t remember my dad taking his statin… ever. I’m sure he did, but I just didn’t see him take it. I can tell you that he complained a lot about muscle aches, and so I have a feeling he quit and just tried to combat the high numbers with diet and exercise.