80-90% of Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) cases remain undiagnosed. Two simple interventions improved diagnosis of genetic inherited high cholesterol in one CCG. Could your CCG establish a similar Familial Hypercholesterolemia programme?
Other campaigning activities
As part of its campaigning work, HEART UK produces useful resources and reports, primarily as advocacy tools, and for use by health care professionals. In addition to the work of its Campaigning Committee and FH Implementation Team, HEART UK also carries out a number of other activities that are consistent with our commitments to increasing cholesterol awareness, reducing premature heart disease, and improving patient care.
Examples of this work are outlined below.
HEART UK has established a network of Clinical Champions - a group of clinicians who are working with the charity to campaign locally on cholesterol, familial hypercholesterolaemia, and heart disease. HEART UK has developed a map of Clinical Champions in England, showing names and locations.
Cardio & Vascular Coalition (CVC)
HEART UK is a member of the Cardio & Vascular Coalition, an alliance of charities that lobbies for improved cardiac and vascular health. In 2009, the CVC published Destination 2020, a third sector vision for the prevention, detection and management of cardiovascular disease. This report was influential on the Department of Health's Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
HEART UK endorses a number of the policy positions and campaigns of ASH, a public health charity that seeks to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.
The Responsibility Deal is a Government partnership initiative aimed at improving aspects of public health through fulfilment of a variety of pledges. HEART UK has signed up to one of the Physical Activity pledges (P2) – to contribute to the communication and promotion of the Chief Medical Officers’ revised physical activity guidelines. These UK-wide guidelines cover early years; children and young people; adults; and older adults.