Cascade screening for FH

Because FH is an inherited condition it is important to identify other blood relatives who are affected. This process is known as cascade screening.

It is estimated that 120,000 people in the UK have FH but only 15% have been accurately diagnosed.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance (CG71) for the diagnosis of FH and the process for cascade screening in August 2008.

FH Report

HEART UK estimate that if the 100,000 people with undiagnosed FH in the UK were found and treated this could prevent 2,600 premature heart attacks in those adults before they reach 60 years, an average of 42 heart attacks prevented each year.

HEART UK’s report demonstrates how preventing these heart attacks – some of which would have been fatal – will substantially reduce the health bill, the burden of long term morbidity, and the considerable loss facing affected families.

HEART UK has developed a toolkit to help support GP’s, clinicians, commissioners and other interested parties to implement the NICE guidelines.

A story of Hope

A Story of Hope is a short four-minute film about a family with a history of Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

Buddy’s FH Adventure

This e-book is aimed at children aged 7 and older. The book is published through Me Books, and is free to watch after registering.

HC only - FH-the challenge to find and treat

FH - The Challenge to Find and Treat - View a series of podcasts on familial hypercholesterolemia from the BJC. Register here to view more podcasts from the BJC.