Last week Edwina Hart (Health Minister for the Welsh Assembly Government) announced the introduction of a new screening programme to identify people who are at risk of heart attacks due to high cholesterol.

The partnership between WAG and the British Heart Foundation will fund the roll-out of a programme specifically aimed at identifying people at risk of an inherited form of high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolaemia). FH is a condition that affects 1 in 500 of the population, but often goes undiagnosed. Because of the way FH can be passed on (autosomal dominant inheritance), first degree relatives (parents, children, siblings) of individuals with the condition are at 50% risk of also having it. Press Release