FH Awareness Week September 19-25
18 September 2016
FH-week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the disorder - by holding and promoting FH related activities world-wide.
When is FH week?
Saturday 24 September is FH awareness day. FH week 2016 is 19-25 September. All this week, in a series of newsletters, EAS highlights activities that are putting FH on the public health agenda.
What is FH week about?
FH-week is an opportunity to coordinate activities to raise the awareness of the disorder Familial Hypercholesterolaemia, FH:
- in the general public
- in healthcare professionals
- in policy makers at government level
Detecting more cases of FH, earlier, will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with FH.
What is FH?
FH is short for Familial Hypercholesterolemia. It is an inherited disorder that causes abnormally high levels of blood cholesterol, leading to aggressive and premature cardiovascular disease, such as heart attacks & strokes.
It is estimated that 1 in 200-500 people, or between 14 and 34 million individuals worldwide have the disorder. Individuals with FH have a 20 times higher risk of heart disease. As the disorder is inherited, once one family member is found to have it, other family members could be tested (screened) to see whether they also have it.
Once diagnosed, FH can be treated, and the risk of serious problems of the heart can be reduced by taking cholesterol-lowering medication.