Jordan Stiteler’s dad died suddenly of a stroke nearly ten years ago — at only 45 years old. Her grandfather died at age 40.
Now through the Healthy Nevada Project’s no-cost genetic testing, she is closer to understanding why that may have happened. And she can take proactive steps to prevent the unhealthy symptoms that often lead to a stroke and heart problems.
After her diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia, she is changing her lifestyle by eating healthier and exercising more in order prevent the same fate, and sharing what she has learned with others.
She now works closely with a cardiologist and lipid specialist to make sure she maintains the best health possible.
Because Jordan carries an inherited condition, she knows to have her two children tested at an early age to determine if they carry the same mutation, and what steps to take if they are also shown to have FH.
Knowledge is Power
Betsey Brownfield’s Healthy Nevada Project, Helix genetic test, showed she carries the BRCA1
mutation. She began taking action to prevent the odds of getting cancer. “It’s a blessing that I did the DNA testing,” says Brownfield.
Ovarian cancer doesn’t present early warning signs or symptoms, so Brownfield’s gynecologist recommended she have her ovaries removed as a preventive measure, since she is beyond child bearing age. She had an MRI, which was negative for breast cancer. She is continuing to monitor her breast health and is deciding whether or not to have a double mastectomy.
Brownfield says, “A lot of people that have the BRCA1, their mother had breast cancer, ovarian cancer and there is a huge family history. But mine was very isolated and I came up with it. Anybody could really have it.”
“Knowledge is power,” says Brownfield. “Once you know, you can decide what you want to do.”