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Almost 200 people are diagnosed with heart failure every week. Preventing the on-set of heart failure or early diagnosis can make a huge difference to outcomes and quality of life.

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Almost 200 people are diagnosed with heart failure every week in Ireland – that is 10,000 people per year – yet awareness of the condition remains low, the national heart failure charity, the Heartbeat Trust, has warned.

With heart failure, the heart does not work as efficiently as it should. As a result, the blood cannot deliver enough oxygen and nourishment to the body to allow it to work normally. Heart failure often develops because of another medical condition, such as a heart attack or high blood pressure.


Previous research carried out by the Heartbeat Trust found that over 7% of all hospital bed stays could be attributed to heart failure and the total annual cost of the condition is around €660 million.

The charity has partnered with the Galway heart charity, Croí, to raise awareness of heart failure. Both organisations are members of the Global Heart Hub, which recently launched the Red Flag campaign in Ireland. This aims to educate people on the five key symptoms of heart failure, which are:

-Shortness of breath
-Swollen ankles or legs
-Sudden weight gain (2kg over two days)
-Poor appetite

“Treatment aimed at managing heart failure is improving, however awareness remains a problem. This is why opportunities to raise public awareness about the main symptoms are so vital.

“The Red Flag campaign is designed to inform people that if they have some, or all of these symptoms, they should go to their GP. Ultimately, we know that the earlier we detect the onset of heart failure, the better the patient outcome,” explained the Heartbeat Trust’s medical director, Prof Ken McDonald.

The Red Flag campaign is supported by broadcaster and musician, Tom Dunne, who underwent serious heart surgery in November 2018.

“Having undergone such serious heart surgery so recently, and being told I had a 70% chance of dying in the next two years if I didn’t have the surgery immediately, I know only too well how important heart failure awareness is.

“I originally had a heart murmur diagnosed 10 years prior to my surgery and I also found out that I had a genetic heart condition. I had no existing heart failure symptoms from what I can recall, but knowing that there are five key red flag symptoms that people should recognise is really crucial for heart failure prevention,” Mr Dunne said.

Frank O’Neill attends the STOP HF Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. This is a screening service aimed at the prevention and early detection of heart failure.

“I was referred to the clinic in 2007 after seeing my GP who was treating me for diabetes. In 2011, as part of an annual check-up, I found out that I had experienced a silent myocardial infarction (heart attack).

“Over the years, a lot of trust has been built up between myself and the team. I feel like the screening service is my guardian angel and am very grateful that they are there. I think that heart failure prevention screening should be available everywhere,” Mr O’Neill said.

The Red Flag campaign was launched to coincide with European Heart Failure Awareness Month (May).

For more information on the Heartbeat Trust, click here. For more information on Croí, click here.

Article written by Deborah Condon and published 29/5/2019 in Irish Health Pro

The Heartbeat Trust are delighted to have our Heart Failure Virtual Consultation service featured in the Irish Times on 12th March 2019.

This service enables specialist and GPs to discuss cases thus reducing the need for out patient department referral.image-34

The Heart Failure Virtual Clinics (HFVC) are used to disseminate expert Heart Failure advice and education to GPs. Using a web conference platform GPs can log in remotely, following presentation of a short CME topic GPs can discuss their cases with Prof Ken McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heartbeat Trust and his specialist heart failure team.

Our aim is to reduces the need for Out Patient Department referrals (which frees up hospital OPD slots for those in need of standard clinics resulting in shorter waiting times and speedier reviews), increase confidence of GPs in managing heart failure in the community and improve GP-specialist team interaction.

These virtual consultations are held bi-weekly from the Heartbeat Trust Offices/St Michaels Hospital.To get your practise involved please contact us using the contact form.

Read the full Irish Times article here: 


We were very proud be involved in the the Handbook of multidisciplinary and integrated heart failure care alongside the Heart Failure Network Policy and members from across Europe.

The Heartbeat Trust Chairman, Dr Ambrose McLoughlin presented at the launch, which was held at the European Parliament in Brussels earlier this year.

The handbook is designed to help solve problems and drive change that will make a meaningful difference to care for people living with heart failure.

To find out more information and read the handbook please click here.
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We are proud to publish our Annual Report 2017 and would like to thank you for your continued support.

The Heartbeat Trust is here to help all those at risk or living with heart failure. Awareness of the condition, its symptoms and preventive measures is so important to ensure a long and healthy life. With the dedication of Heartbeat Trust team, the support of our collaborators and the goodwill of our service users, the HBT is leading changes to achieve better healthcare.

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Dun Laoghaire Golf Club Charity Day in aid of The Heartbeat Trust

A massive thank you and congratulations to our friends at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on their successful charity day in aid of The Heartbeat Trust on September 17th. Over 80 people participated in the  competitive tournament with each team challenging the captain in a “Beat the Captain” at a par 3 to hit the ball closer to the pin. The event was followed by a reception and auction in the clubhouse. In total a tremendous €33,000 was raised in aid of the Trust. All proceeds will help us continue to support and improve services to predict and treat heart failure. 


The  support of the club is so much appreciated. Special thanks go to the committee Pat Durning (Chairman), John Traynor, Angela O’Sullivan, Jean Hennebry, Mary Rye, Alan Gormally and Una O’Grady. And to Club Captain Noel Mannion.

Noel said “As Captain of Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, I was delighted to nominate The Heartbeat Trust as my preferred charity for Captain’s Charity Day. It gives me great pleasure to present Prof. Ken McDonald with a cheque for €33,000 and I wish everybody in the Heart Beat Trust continued success with their outstanding work. Sincere thanks to all members of DLGC for their support on the day, to sponsors and all who made donations as well as all who supported the auction. Special thanks to a wonderful fundraising committee under the leadership of Pat Durning.

Prof McDonald, Clinical Director of the Trust said “Each year theTrust continues to advance our mission of preventing and caring for patients with heart failure. Through our programs we have seen many lives changed for the better. The Trust’s goal is to continue to make an impact on the prevention and treatment of heart failure and with the support of generous donations such as this we can continue to see advances in our research and services both locally and internationally.

Thank you to everyone who continues to generously supports the Trust. If you would like to host an event in aid of the Trust please contact Lisa at for further information. 

Heartbeat Trust researcher wins Young Investigator Award at Irish Cardiac Society Conference

Dr Grace O'Carroll accepting the Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award from Dr. Albert McNeill, President of the Irish Cardiac Society

Dr Grace O’Carroll accepting the Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award from Dr. Albert McNeill, President of the Irish Cardiac Society

Dr Grace O’Carroll, an MD researcher at the Trust, was awarded the Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award at last week’s Irish Cardiac Society Annual Scientific Meeting held in Derry for her work on Subclinical diastolic dysfunction is prevalent in diabetes, progresses over time and may reflect a handicap in natriuretic peptide function.

Dr O’Carroll’s study showed that abnormalities in cardiac structure exist in a significant proportion of diabetic patients in the absence of cardiac symptoms and that this is associated with poorer cardiovascular outcomes in the long term.

The work presented at the Irish Cardiac Society Conference formed the basis of Dr O’Carroll’s MD thesis and was funded by the Health Research Board and the Trust.

Dr O’Carroll said “This study highlights the importance of an effective screening program for diabetic patients but also the potential difficulties with current cardiovascular biomarkers in predicting cardiovascular risk in this group”.

The Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award, is aimed at promising young investigators, to encourage and promote quality and original research in Cardiology. The award is named in honour of Dr. Brian Maurer who passed away in 2013. Dr Maurer, a cardiologist in St Vincent’s University Hospital until his retirement and a past Chairperson of the Trust, worked tirelessly to promote and further cardiology practice and research throughout his career. Dr O’Carroll has now taken up a post at Wexford General Hospital, we wish Grace every success in her future endeavours.

President of the ICS, Dr Albert McNeill is pictured with Dr. Grace O'Carroll. Former Heartbeat Trust colleague Dr Matthew Barrett is also pictured.

President of the ICS, Dr Albert McNeill is pictured with Dr. Grace O’Carroll. Former Heartbeat Trust colleague Dr Matthew Barrett is also pictured.





Michael Lyster

  • Michael Lyster takes a break this week from commentating on the All Ireland finals to discuss another important September event, World Heart Day on Friday 29th90,0001 people in Ireland live with heart failure
  • Stand Up to Heart Failure aims to improve awareness of heart failure as an early diagnosis and treatment are key to ensuring people living with the condition can live longer, better lives

September 11th 2017, Dublin: September is synonymous with GAA and Croke Park, and the All-Ireland final weekends are marked in every fan’s calendar and anticipated all summer. Today Michael Lyster took a break from commentating on the finals to discuss another important September event, World Heart Day on Friday 29th. This September, the RTE Sunday Game presenter wants to encourage all of Ireland to unite and Stand Up to Heart Failure.

Heart Failure is a debilitating, life-threatening condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body because the muscle of the heart become too weak or too stiff to work properly2. However, with access to timely diagnosis, appropriate medical management and follow-up services, a patient’s prognosis can be significantly improved. It is estimated that 90,000 people live with the condition in Ireland1. Due to Ireland’s ageing population, heart failure is set to increase dramatically, leading to an increase in hospitalisations from heart failure of more than 50% over the next 25 years3.

Campaign ambassador Michael Lyster opened up about his own experience with heart failure at today’s launch: “Croke Park is one of the biggest stadiums in Europe, with an impressive match day capacity of 82,300. But if everyone in Ireland living with heart failure was invited to Croke Park for the All Ireland final, we would have to build an extra stand as there are 90,000 people living with this chronic condition, and they certainly wouldn’t be standing in the Hill for the duration of a 70-minute game.

For me, heart failure became apparent in the middle of my ‘busy’ season, championship time, and gradually I started feeling worse and worse. I had no energy, I was waking up in the middle of the night panting for breath. I couldn’t ignore it any longer; I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with heart failure.

It was important for me to get involved in this campaign as I understand how frustrating it can be for those living with heart failure, as it is often a forgotten condition. Heart failure is something you can manage on a day to day basis. Yes, you have to make sure you take your medication, watch what you eat and drink and get your exercise. But you can’t let it hold you back. I had to stand up to my condition, not let it impact my work or my life. I encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with the symptoms and risk factors, and to visit your doctor if you have concerns and to make sure you get the best treatment available.”

Stand Up to Heart Failure, a campaign supported by Croí, Heartbeat Trust, Irish Heart, and Novartis, aims to raise awareness of the red flag symptoms of heart failure. These symptoms include; fatigue; shortness of breath, especially with activity or lying flat; swollen feet or ankles. Common risk factors of heart failure to be aware of are; high blood pressure, previous heart attack(s), and diabetes. If you are concerned about heart failure, please speak to your doctor for more information.

Prof Ken McDonald, Clinical Director of Heartbeat Trust said; “At the Heartbeat Trust we are delighted to be part of the collective effort to raise awareness of this condition. The Heart Failure Toolkit is a wonderful online resource for anyone interested in learning more about the condition and I encourage those who are concerned to utilise it. The Heartbeat Trust is here to help all those living with heart failure in Ireland. Awareness of the condition, its symptoms and preventive measures is so important to ensure a long and healthy life.”


Please click here to access our heart failure toolkit.


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The Heartbeat Trust are delighted to launch our new STOPHF website

The website is designed for STOPHF patients, health care professionals (HCPs) and anyone with an interest in the preventing not just heart failure but cardiovascular disease.

It is layered with multimedia content including our “Ask the Expert” video wall and photo gallery. The website features patient educational resources including our brand new STOPHF patient booklet, information on the STOPHF screening programme and a secure patient forum. On there is a wealth of information including tips and advice on exercise and physical fitness, healthy eating and lots, lots more.

“The clinical team at the Heartbeat Trust have worked closely with patients to develop this wonderful online resource. provides the most up to date information for patients, their families and healthcare professionals. We are extremely lucky to have secured a Health Research Board Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination award to support this work. This website together with our recent adoption into US guidelines means the STOPF and the Heartbeat Trust’s Predict, Protect, Prevent message can continue to spread.” Dr Ciara Keane, Director of Operations, the Heartbeat Trust.

The site will also act as a one stop shop for HCPs, loaded with info on STOPHF, such as how to get your clinic involved, CME case studies, info on types of blood tests available (NTproBNP & BNP), a secure forum and enabling registered users to log in directly to our Heart Failure Virtual Clinic meeting room.

“This new website will be an excellent resource for patients and healthcare professionals. Its straightforward and easy to use with lots of relevant information on how to stay heart healthy. We have designed the site to be accessible to older users and have an option to increase font size for visually impaired users. The site is visually pleasing and the use of content boxes makes for a better user experience.” Sinead Hand, Communications Officer with the Heartbeat Trust.


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We hope you enjoy discovering our new website.

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Already, feedback from patients and HCPs has been extremely positive.


“May I congratulate you on a great piece of work. It is informative and easy to navigate. The information is available in easily absorbed and perused sections. I found the use of videos and links made it an interesting exploration and they will encourage me to return again to review the information. I have probably seen some of this advice before but it has certainly impacted more now and I look forward to putting some of it into effect – a small “road to Damascus” event?” – Tony Bergin

                “It ( is some achievement and the site looks great!” – Dr Patricia Campbell

“Looks great guys, very fresh!” – Croi Heart & Stroke Charity

                “Congrats The Heartbeat Trust on a great website! Packed with useful info!” – Tickerfit