Heart UK are holding their annual National Cholesterol Week this year from 17th-23rd September to promote awareness of the dangers of cholesterol. This year’s aim is to encourage as many people as possible to help raise funds for the charity by hosting a “Hearty Tea Party”.
High cholesterol is caused by an elevated level of Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the blood. LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to the cells around your body – but if the level of LDL in your blood is too high, it can form fatty deposits in your arteries, which increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Coronary heart disease is the biggest killer in the UK – every 7 minutes someone in the UK will have a heart attack, and every 12 minutes, someone in the UK will suffer a stroke. Over half of all adults in England have high cholesterol, and at least 1 in 500 people have Familial Hypercholesterolaemia, which is an inherited form of high cholesterol. Without treatment, those with FH can die prematurely in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
For more information about Heart UK’s work or to get involved and hold your own Hearty Tea Party, visit: https://www.heartuk.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/events-challenges/the-hearty-tea-party