Jim Fitzpatrick MP supports HEART UK’s campaign for Better Heart Health

Jim Fitzpatrick MP is supporting HEART UK, The Cholesterol Charity, in its aim of ensuring that cardiovascular disease (CVD), the UK’s biggest single killer, remains a key government priority. This comes as HEART UK releases a new manifesto setting out clear and focussed recommendations designed to address the issues around treatment and management of CVD.

Despite progress in some areas of CVD management over the past 20 years, there are still around 160,000 deaths every year in the UK and about 175,000 heart attacks, so it is more important than ever that CVD remains high on the UK health agenda.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP attended the official launch of the manifesto at a one off cholesterol testing event in the House of Commons, highlighting HEART UK’s mission for the majority of UK adults to know and understand their cholesterol levels in order to take any necessary action.

Speaking after the event, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, said: “I am happy to endorse HEART UK’s attempts to ensure that everyone knows their cholesterol and that the Government does all it can to ensure that patients at high risk of CVD are identified, managed and cared for in the best possible way. Cholesterol testing is simple, quick and painless and I would urge all adults to get themselves tested. I am committed to working with the local NHS and in Parliament to ensure that heart disease services are well-coordinated and remain a public health priority nationally and in Poplar & Limehouse.”

The policy priorities set out in HEART UK’s manifesto call on the Government to:

1. Commit to see through implementation of the CVD Outcome Strategy

2. Incentivise and support better management  of CVD at local level

3. Develop a national programme for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) under NHS England with ring-fenced funding

4. Implement robust data collection and support access to quality data

Commenting on the manifesto launch and testing event, HEART UK Chief Executive, Ms Jules Payne, said: “I would like to thank Jim Fitzpatrick for pledging to support HEART UK’s ambition of implementing our manifesto recommendations. With cardiovascular disease remaining the UK’s single biggest killer and cholesterol being a major contributor, we are urging the future Government not be complacent with the current programmes and to dedicate funding and support to future management, treatment and reporting of heart disease.”

“There is still a lot of work to do both at local and national levels to ensure that knowledge of different lipid conditions is understood by adults in the UK and that once conditions are diagnosed, our health system can continue to give them the help and support required,” 

A full copy of the manifesto can be downloaded here: http://heartuk.org.uk/files/uploads/manifesto.pdf 

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