Easington MP Grahame Morris is supporting a charity’s campaign to ensure fighting heart disease remains a priority.
Cholesterol charity Heart UK aims to ensure that cardiovascular disease (CVD), one of the UK’s biggest killers, remains a key Government priority and has released a new cholesterol plan setting out recommendations designed to address the issues around CVD.
Despite progress in some areas of CVD management, there are still around 160,000 deaths every year in the UK and about 175,000 heart attacks.
Mr Morris attended the launch of the new plan for government at a one-off cholesterol testing event in the House of Commons, highlighting Heart UK’s mission for UK adults to know and understand their cholesterol levels in order to take any necessary action.
Mr Morris, said: “I wholeheartedly 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 East Durham”.
The plan includes call for maintaining the Health Checks programme which tests patient’s cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI.
Heart UK Chief Executive, Jules Payne, said: “I would like to thank Grahame for pledging to support HEART UK’s ambition of implementing our recommendations.”