On the 19-20 September, the Latin American Cholesterol Summit (Cumbre Latinoamericana del Colesterol) took place in Mexico City. As part of this event, World Heart Federation (WHF) member iHHub organized the WHF Cholesterol roadmap adoption for Mexico. The keynote speech was delivered by our CEO Jean-Luc Eiselé and Dr Enrique Morales Villegas from the Mexican Society of Cardiology (also WHF member) in order to fight the alarming situation of cholesterol in Mexico.
Some of the relevant information from the event:
- Data on the epidemiology of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) were presented, as well as facts and figures about the current situation of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Latin America. It was noted that one of the complications of cholesterol is the lack of symptoms and it is said to be a silent disease.
- Specialists spoke about the importance of executing the Cholesterol Roadmap, focused on this occasion on FH, and presented an action plan.
- The relationship of WHF with Mexico and Latin America were strengthened. It is essential that in Mexico, together with Brazil, governments are urged to take action to lower cholesterol levels and carry out early detection of FH.
- It was emphasized that FH has no cure, yet it is necessary to implement timely treatment and to execute preventive and detection measures from an early age.