Mims Davies MP is supporting a Heart Disease campaign, after constituents introduced her to the cause. This campaign focuses on inherited conditions that put people at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death. She was delighted to join an event for this week in Parliament, meeting nurses and patients to find out about inherited conditions in Eastleigh and beyond.
‘Recent evidence suggests that as many as one in every 250 people in the UK could have familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a potentially fatal yet commonly inherited condition which, if undiagnosed, can cause people to die from a heart attack at an early age.
‘It only takes a simple blood test to diagnose FH, yet thousands of people don’t know they’re living with a high risk of an early heart attack.
‘We must all do what we can to raise awareness of how a simple test can save the life of a patient with FH.
‘I have also had a really encouraging meeting with a pharmaceutical company, who are sure that, with help from MPs, that the NHS can get on front foot of the condition and save lives.’
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation said,
‘The reality is that there could be hundreds of thousands of people across the UK who are unaware that they could be at risk of having an early heart attack.’
‘Our research has meant that we are now able to diagnose people with FH and prevent them from a potentially sudden and unexpected death at a young age. To continue this, we need to ensure that everyone at risk has access to these tests and effective follow-up support and treatment.’
Mims will continue to champion the health of her constituents both in Eastleigh and in Westminster.