Mark Tami MP urges health Secretary to commit to cascade programme

HEART UK- The Cholesterol Charity held a ‘Day of Action’ in Parliament this week to call on the Government to introduce a cascade programme for identifying patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH).

FH is an inherited form of high cholesterol which can lead to an extremely high premature death rate and can lead to cardiovascular disease, one of the UK’s biggest killers.

MPs were given the opportunity to speak to and hear from patients with FH and specially trained health care professionals about this life-threatening condition.

Mark Tami said “1 in 250 people are affected by FH, but only around 10-20% of cases are known to doctors and are being treated.

“This is extremely worrying as there are considerable health risks associated with the disease. Heart UK are doing a fantastic job in raising awareness of the disease and highlighting the link to cardiovascular disease.

“That is why I am writing to the Government to urge them to honour their commitment to implement a FH cascade screening programme which would increase the likelihood of identifying people with the disease”

The charity wants the Government to honour its own commitment set in 2013 which recognised the need for a FH cascade screening programme to reduce premature cardiovascular disease.

To find out more about Heart UK please visit their website https://heartuk.org.uk/