In the first episode of the AHSN Network’s new Health Innovation Podcast, we speak to a fit and healthy 34-year-old mum who discusses how she had a heart attack while pregnant due to a genetic condition.
One of the causes of heart attack and stroke is a genetic condition called Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), which creates an abnormal level of cholesterol in the blood.
From Carlisle, Ciara Wannop didn’t know she had the condition until she had a heart attack while 26 weeks’ pregnant. She feels lucky to have had an early warning of a potentially life-limiting condition.
In this podcast, Ciara is joined by Dr Youssef Beaini who is the clinical lead of a national programme from the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative, to help reduce heart disease.
The podcast is the first in a series focused on products being fast tracked into the NHS through the Rapid Uptake Products programme, which is delivered by the AHSN Network. Our guests talk to Dr Phil Jennings, AHSN Network Lead for the Rapid Uptake Products and Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, the AHSN for the North West Coast.
In April 2020, the AHSN Network and NHS England and Improvement launched a new national programme – Lipid management and Familial Hypercholesterolaemia – to raise awareness in primary care of FH and other inherited cholesterol conditions for which effective treatments are available. The aim is to increase cholesterol testing and make the best use of lipid lowering treatment, based on NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance.