The gift of life is in your hands
"Leaving a gift in your will can help HEART UK live on for generations to come"
A chance comment by a work colleague led Bryan to go to his doctor about the strange white marks under his eyes. As a result, Bryan, a Project Manager from Berkshire, was diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolaemia.
Bryan’s kind colleague probably saved his life. Familial hypercholesterolaemia (often referred to as FH) is an inherited condition which can lead to extremely high cholesterol levels and left untreated, can also lead to heart disease and premature death. Although Bryan knew his grandmother died of heart disease young, and his mother had been taking statins since she was 37, (medication for high cholesterol), nobody in the family was aware of FH or that it could be passed down from generation to generation.
"Thankfully we are much better informed now, although we still have a long way to go in terms of raising awareness of this silent killer. We now know that FH is a genetic condition so my two sons have both been tested, and one of them was also found to have FH. We are now both on treatment and doing well, but awareness of FH is still very poor, yet a simple cholesterol test could save so many lives", says Bryan.
"I want HEART UK to be around for many years to come to help and support people like my son. As a result of my diagnosis I have become very involved with HEART UK and am now a Trustee. I know what amazing work the charity does and the impact it has on saving lives. Leaving a gift in your Will can help the charity live on for generations to come and that is a great relief to know".