Are you aware of familial hypercholesterolemia?

20 October 2017

This week team of NHS staff is continuing to attending an event held by Health Expo, which was organised by local NHS and health providers, writes Chelsea Sparke.

Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals are trying to raise awareness of a condition that is potentially life-threatening, the ailment affects 1 in 250 people, Most people with the illness have no knowledge.

The event aims to explain what familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is and what it entails for the people who have it. The condition is linked to high levels of cholesterol, which then increases the chance of developing heart disease.

Around 250,000 in the UK have inherited FH, the genetic condition. Many people are unaware of having it as it has few to no symptoms. If left untreated it increases the chance of heart attacks.

Hull Lord Mayor Councillor John Hewitt and Lady Mayoress Betty Hewitt attended one of the events yesterday, they said in a statement:

“The event was really interesting we watched a short animation which was really informative about FH, we also go the opportunities to speak to staff which leading the awareness campaign.”

Cllr Hewitt said: “The campaign aims to expose the key concerns about the illness and to try and explains of reducing the risks.”

For more information, speak to GPs or call the British Heart Foundation at 0300 330 3311.

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