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FH week

FH awareness week 2015

September 24 is FH-awareness day. During this week, with a series of newsletters, EAS has highlighted the disease Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), aiming to increase the knowledge of this common inherited disease in both Europe and USA, and focusing on the great need for early detection and treatment.

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.

EAS resources on FH


EAS forthcoming FH-related events

September, 21-27

FH-week - EAS Newsletters will send out daily newsletters to highlight the activities with EAS FH Studies Collaboration, FH awareness day and other FH-related activites.

Publication of article: Familial Hypercholesterolaemia: A global call to arms

November, 28-29 EU FH network for patient organisations meet in Gothenburg, Sweden
November, 30
National Lead Investigators, Patient organsations representatives updates and discussions, Gothenburg, Sweden
December, 1-2 EAS Advanced course on FH, Gothenburg, Sweden
May/June FH sessions at EAS 2016, Innsbruck, Austria

National events on FH


A number of activities are planned in Latvia during the FH week in collaboration with patient organisation including a one hour broadcaston the state radio in the morning of September 24 on cholesterol in general and FH in particular. Details to be announced during the week.

Leaflets about FH will be distributed at health care practices in the country during FH-week.

FH related topics are highlighted at the conference organised by the Latvian Medical Association on September 26, 2015
(target audience: any physician, mainly GPs and cardiologists).

The conference organised by the Latvian Medical Association will have a special meeting for the general public on FH in the afternoon of September 28th, 2015
About the meeting


A number of actions and activities are planned in Argentina during FH-week:
All students and professors of FASTA University School of Medicine will be sent informed about the FH disease 

The Medical Library of the College of Physicians, will be sent information, data and key points to detect FH.

There will be a press conference with the local health authorities in Mar del Plata with the presentation of the first National Study to detect patients with FH and to calculate the prevalence of this disease the region.


3rd symposium of the Ibero-American FH network, Santiago, Chile. 25-26 Sept, 2015.

Gulf Countries

Public awareness day on FH, organized by the Gulf FH Foundation and Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis, October, 2015.
Exact date and programme to be announced


Activities taking place in Uruguay during or in conjunction to FH-week:

Conference "Superando el subdiagnóstico en hiperlipemias aterogénicas"/ "Overcoming the underdiagnosis in atherogenic hyperlipidemias", 23 September, 2015

1st meeting of patients for the organization of the Association of Patients with FH: "Taller de cocina: una experiencia para las familias HF"/ "Cooking workshop: an experience for FH families", 30 September.


SISA, Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis (, will take part in the initiative promoted by EAS and will organize in Italy the FH week from 24 to 29 September.

In our country, the initiative provides an opportunity for citizens to contact or to go to the SISA Centers to receive free information concerning familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and the need to control the levels of cholesterol from an early age.

The 38 centers for the study of dyslipidemia that take part in the LIPIGEN (the Italian network of genetic dyslipidemias) will participate in the project.

On September 24th in Roma there will be a press conference with the health authorities about familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).

EAS encourages you to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to spread the knowledge and awareness of FH within the general population, healthcare providers and policy makers in your country. This is also an opportunity for you to get inspired for activities in your country for FH-week to come.

Please send information on your national event and send us a link to the event webpage:


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