FH-week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the disorder – by holding and promoting FH related activities world-wide.
When is FH week?
Saturday 24 September is FH awareness day. FH week 2016 is 19-25 September.
What is FH week about?
FH-week is an opportunity to coordinate activities to raise the awareness of the disorder Familial Hypercholesterolaemia, FH:
- in the general public
- in healthcare professionals
- in policy makers at government level
Detecting more cases of FH, earlier, will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with FH.
What is FH?
FH is short for Familial Hypercholesterolemia. It is an inherited disorder that causes abnormally high levels of blood cholesterol, leading to aggressive and premature cardiovascular disease, such as heart attacks & strokes.
It is estimated that 1 in 200-500 people, or between 14 and 34 million individuals worldwide have the disorder. Individuals with FH have a 20 times higher risk of heart disease. As the disorder is inherited, once one family member is found to have it, other family members could be tested (screened) to see whether they also have it.
Once diagnosed, FH can be treated, and the risk of serious problems of the heart can be reduced by taking cholesterol-lowering medication.
EAS and FH
EAS has developed educational activities and offers resources and tools to increase the knowledge and to raise awarness of FH. One of the educational activites offered, in addition to regular Advanced Courses on FH held around Europe, is a new online EBAC accredited learning programme – EAS Certificate of Education in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH).
This online learning programme on FH, is giving a broad overview of the genetic dyslipidaemia, Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), with insight into the genetics of the disease, the basic molecular mechanisms, and its clinical development.
The course is suited to physicians who meet patients with FH, including those working in general practice, internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, diabetology and other.
Participants completing the requirements of the Programme will receive a Certificate of Excellence in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). The EAS Certificate of Excellence in FH is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 4 hours of External CME credits.