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Region-wide service to prevent heart attacks launches across Yorkshire

The region-wide screening service for people at risk of genetically high cholesterol had its official launch in York in December.

The Yorkshire and Humber Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) service, which has been hosted at the Trust, is being run at four hospitals across the region - York, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

FH is a deadly genetic condition that causes abnormally high cholesterol, which often leads to heart disease or even a fatal heart attack at a young age.  It is estimated that up to 260,000 people are living with it across the UK, but around 85 percent are undiagnosed.

NHS England (North) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have joined forces to launch a region-wide screening service which will see all relatives of people diagnosed with FH tested for the condition.

The BHF has provided nearly £250,000 to fund four specialist FH nurses who will provide testing in hospitals across the region.  The service was formally launched at York Racecourse on 5 December by Huon Gray, NHS England Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention.

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