Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, is supporting Heart UK the national cholesterol charity, in its aim of ensuring that cardiovascular disease, one of the UK’s biggest killers, remains a Government priority.
Dawn Butler MP said:
There are according to the British Heart Foundation over 10,000 people in Brent Central living with cardiovascular disease, and 7,000,000 people nationally. It causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK. These are serious numbers which must be tackled with serious measures.
Ms Butler also took part in a cholesterol test to highlight the importance of understanding and managing cholesterol levels. She went on to say:
The test itself is simple, quick and relatively painless. I understand that we have these machines in Brent and I would urge all adults to undergo the test. 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 Brent Central.
This comes as Heart UK releases its cholesterol plan for Government, setting out recommendations designed to address the issues around treatment and management of cardiovascular disease. Commenting on the new plan for government launch and testing event, HEART UK Chief Executive, Ms Jules Payne, said:
I would like to thank Dawn Butler for pledging to support HEART UK’s ambition of implementing our recommendations. With cardiovascular disease remaining one of the UK’s biggest killers and cholesterol being a major contributor, we are urging the Government not be complacent with the current programmes and to dedicate funding and support to future management, treatment and reporting of heart disease.