This month is National Cholesterol Month and Sanofi a global healthcare leader based in Guildford have been on their bikes to raise money and awareness for Cholesterol charity HEART UK.
The employees at Sanofi were contributing to a total cycle ride of 1,000 miles on exercise bikes at their offices. Sanofi’s participation was matched by other HEART UK supporters from across the UK to help them reach their fundraising target of £50,000.
Although coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the UK, an online survey of 985 GB adults aged 16-75 shows:
- More than half (52%) of the general public do not believe that cholesterol poses a very high risk for developing cardiovascular disease
- One third (31%) of 338 respondents with a family history of heart disease have never discussed cholesterol with their GP
- 81% of those 175 respondents who believe they have with high cholesterol think it’s true that it is something to worry about more as you get older
“High cholesterol can be incredibly dangerous if not diagnosed or managed properly so promoting awareness and understanding is critical to cutting heart attacks and saving lives,” said Dr Tunde Falode, General Manager for the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Business Unit at Sanofi.
“This is why Sanofi are proud to support HEART UK raise awareness of the risks of undiagnosed high cholesterol and encourage families with a history of heart disease across the country to get their cholesterol checked.”
Over half of all adults in England have raised cholesterol (>5 mmol/L) and, further to this, approximately 1 in 500 of people in the UK have Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), an inherited form of high cholesterol. Despite this, 62% of the population say they do not know the recommended levels and less than ten percent (7%) of the population say they have definitely heard of FH.
Dr Sarah Jarvis explaining more about FH: