FH-awareness week #5 - Familial Hypercholesterolaemia: A global call to action from FHSC
24 September 2015
On FH Awareness day, the EAS FH Studies Collaboration publish a global call to action
Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) represents a major global health problem because it is common, widely underdiagnosed, undertreated and as a result often fatal. The consequences of FH in the form of premature atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events are potentially preventable but require effective initiatives and policies to reduce the current burden of disease.
To address these issues investigators from all round the world have come together under the EAS Familial Hypercholesterolaemia Studies Collaboration (FHSC) to initiate a global call to take action. These include raising awareness and encouraging the development of programmes, initiatives and policies specifically focused on FH by joining efforts from healthcare providers, patients organizations, policy makers and the entire medical community. This call to action is described in an article published in Atherosclerosis, to coincide with the present FH awareness week.
The FHSC currently involves lead investigators from over 40 countries and other investigators are expected to join as the project is developed, resulting in a global network that aims to generate large-scale robust novel data to ultimately inform future guidelines on the management of FH.
The article describes an overview of the present situation relating to FH in different regions around the world and provides a framework for further work that needs to be undertaken to reduce the impact of FH and the global burden of the disease.
Read the article
Familial Hypercholesterolaemia: A global call to arms, Vallejo-Vaz, Antonio J. et al., Atherosclerosis. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2015.09.021