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On the 15th June, The Heartbeat Trust held their first virtual STOPHF Patient information webcast. This education session was hosted live via YouTube and number of GP’s/patients nationwide were invited to view the webcast from the comfort of their own home/office.

Professor Ken McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heartbeat Trust along with Dr Mark Wilkinson presented an update on our ground-breaking STOPHF heart failure prevention study and discussed how results from the study have helped shape the expanding heart failure prevention service. Dr Mark Wilkinson, a registrar with the Trust gave an informative talk on how the heart works and what happens to your heart in heart failure. He also gave some excellent tips on making heart healthy lifestyle choices.

The trust received some extremely positive feedback from patients and healthcare professionals alike.  “Thank you all for an excellent presentation. So informative and easy to watch. I have not been able to attend previous meetings due to work commitments so, this evenings arrangements were great for me”. (STOPHF Patient)

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This was the first virtual patient focused educational webcast by the Trust and is potentially the innovative solution required to enhance patient engagement (the wonder drug of the 21st century). The Heartbeat Trust aim to produce a number of these webcasts as a means of offering a virtual solution to STOPHF patient education.

Guests were invited to simply click on the link to visit The Heartbeat Trust YouTube channel at the specified time and date. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAfEwrJ0aarrrQ_nSjXF25Q

This education webcast was recorded and is available to watch now on YouTube.

Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel to stay updated on future meetings.

Good for the Heart; The Heartbeat of Bloom

On Thursday 1st June, The Heartbeat Trust launched their ‘Good for the Heart’ garden at Bloom by Bord Bia, to the garden visitors and a host of VIP guests. The Garden titled ‘Good for the Heart’ was awarded Highly Commended by the Bloom Judges.

Pictured at the launch was President Michael D. Higgins and the President’s Wife Sabina Higgins, Micheál Martin (Fianna Fáil leader), Tony Ward (Former Irish Rugby Legend and an active supporter of the Trust) and Dr. Ambrose Mcloughlin (Heartbeat Trust Chairman) and our wonderful volunteers.

As one of The Heartbeat Trusts main focus areas is STOP-HF and the prevention of heart failure, the garden encompasses that message. ‘Good for the Heart’ is a Heart Healthy garden, rich in healthy vegetables and fruit to increase awareness and help in the fight against heart failure. The garden has fruit and veg areas representing the need for healthy diet, highlighting healthy foods that aid in heart health.

Bird feeders with various seeds and nuts represent the importance of lowering cholesterol. Hanging from our apple tree are wooden hearts made by our volunteers which represent the hearts saved by STOP-HF. In the garden is a moss covered chair ornate with blooming flowers to represent life and a bicycle to represent the importance of exercise and fitness.

‘Good for the Heart’ received a lot of positive feedback from the visitors which is not surprising as 1 in 5 people will be affected by heart failure. The garden really hit a chord with people and the messages within the garden were well received.
“Good for the Heart’ is a Heart Healthy garden, rich in healthy vegetables and fruit to increase awareness and help in the fight against heart failure. Heart failure can largely be avoided and with the correct supports can be significantly reduced. We all need to be heart aware and stay heart healthy!” Sinead Hand, Communications Officer, Heartbeat Trust.

Sinéad Hand designed the ‘Good for the Heart’ garden on behalf of the charity and a small but amazing team of volunteers helped create the suburb garden.
Mary Proctor from Lissenhall Nurseries is part of the small team behind Good for the Heart. She has expert knowledge of horticulture and has given incredible guidance with putting the garden together. Lissenhall Nurseries offer a full range of outdoor products, including fruit trees, plants and hedging.

The Heartbeat Trust would like to thank all our garden volunteers for their hard work. Without their support our ‘Good for the Heart’ garden would never have bloomed into fruition. Special thank you to Francis Hand, Nicholas Codd, Gus Keane, Adrienne O’ Connell Flood, Maura Quirke and Dolores Hand.

Tullys Nurseries are one of the main sponsors of the garden. They have given fantastic support to The Heartbeat Trust and supplied planting material for our postcard garden in Bloom.

The garden has been sponsored by a number of suppliers including Lissenhall Nurseries, Tullys Nurseries, Dunshane Nursery, Carl Foran Photography,  Green Worx, Bord na mona and Cuprinol.

The Heartbeat Trust would like to extend their thanks to everyone who has contributed to the garden.

The Heartbeat Trust Launch Education Programme for Secondary Schools

The Heartbeat Trust are proud to announce the launch an education outreach programme aimed at secondary level students. The aim of the education sessions are to encourage teenagers to be proactive and take control of their lifestyle and make heart healthy choices which aid in the prevention of heart failure.

Heart failure is often seen as an ‘old age’ issue however it is becoming more prominent in Irish society. Heart failure can largely be avoided and with the correct aids can be significantly reduced. We all need to be heart aware and stay heart healthy!

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The Education Programme was launched with students from St Tiernan’s Community School, Balally on  April 26th 2017.  Dr. Mark Wilkinson and Ms. Sinead Hand (from The Heartbeat Trust) presented to the students on the Science of Heart Failure followed by an interactive session.

The students were extremely enthusiastic about the education session and The Heartbeat Trust were delighted with the positive feedback.

“We are very excited about the launch of the Heartbeat Trust Educational Programme which ties in nicely with the Trust’s motto of Predict, Protect, Prevent. With this new initiative we aim to educate the younger generation in ways they can be proactive about their own health. We are delighted to be able to engage with the students and encourage them to make healthier lifestyle choices.” Sinead Hand, Communications Officer and School Liaison Coordinator.

The outreach programme run by the Heartbeat Trust charity aims to inspire teenagers to live healthier lives and guide them in their health education. The talks are free of charge and available to secondary school students. If you are interested in having the team visit your school in the next academic year please contact info@heartbeat-trust.org

About The Heartbeat Trust

The Heartbeat Trust, is Ireland’s national heart failure charity, established in 2004 by Prof Ken McDonald and Dr Mark Ledwidge to support specialist clinical and research services in heart failure and heart failure prevention. Patient services are provided in St Michael’s and St Vincent’s Hospitals. St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire  is also home to the STOP-HF initiative – which offers screening to prevent heart failure, a service aimed at prevention and early detection.

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The STOPHF screening initiative is where individuals (over 40 years of age who have one cardiovascular risk factor such as high blood pressure or diabetes) have a simple blood test which can predict those at risk of not just heart failure but other cardiovascular diseases, allowing more focused care to be directed to these at individuals.  The programme began in 2004 as a research project with the main aim of assessing if people with risk factors for heart failure could have their risk defined by the use of a blood test known as Natriuretic Peptide (NP). NP is a protein that is released from the heart when it is under stress or strain.

Special thank you to all the students and staff at St Tiernan’s Community School, Balally.

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Natasha’s Living Foods for sponsoring some delicious (healthy) treats!

Plain English Awards for Ireland

The winners of the Plain English Awards for Ireland, sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran, were announced by the National Adult Literacy Agency in Dublin on the 9th February 2017.

The independent judges were very impressed with how all the winners communicated directly to the intended reader through language that was easy to read and understand. The Heartbeat Trust are thrilled with the recognition of their continued effort in raising public awareness of heart failure and are delighted with their winning entry in the Health Posters & Bookmarks category. The organisers felt that the poster highlights in a clear and understandable manner, the main symptoms of heart failure.Nala Awards Website

The poster was designed by Dr Ciara Keane, Project Manager of the Heartbeat Trust after realising that clear, concise information was needed to help in the fight against heart failure and prevention of heart failure. Recognising the main symptoms of heart failure is vital in diagnoses and a key factor in raising public awareness. With this in mind, Dr Keane set about communicating these symptoms through visual design and the result was our winning entry.

The Winning Poster:Poster main symptoms heart failure = Shortness of breath Swollen ankles legs Sudden weight gain Palpitations Poor Appetite Tiredenss.

The Plain English Awards are organised by the National Adult Literacy Agency and sponsored by leading law firm Mason Hayes & Curran. The Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner in the Law Society of Ireland, Dublin.

Speaking about the awards, Inez Bailey, CEO, National Adult Literacy Agency said: “We developed these awards as we want to create a public preference for organisations that choose to communicate in plain English. We were delighted to get so many entries from organisations around the country as everyone benefits from clear information, written in plain English. We would like to congratulate EirGrid, Director of Public Prosecutions, Down Syndrome Ireland, Pavee Point and the Marie Keating Foundation, The Heartbeat Trust, Bord Gais, the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association and Taxback.com.  They have won this award for thinking of the people who use their service and putting them first.”

Commenting on the sponsorship, Declan Black, Managing Partner at Mason Hayes & Curran said: “As a law firm we are delighted to be promoting the use of plain English rather than legal gobbledegook! Our approach at Mason Hayes & Curran is to ensure that our legal advice is always clear and accurate, particularly when complex issues are being explained. The use of plain English is aligned with that approach.  We hope that our support of this award contributes to the use of plain language in everyday communications and we congratulate the winners on a job well done.”

Plain English is a style of presenting information that helps you understand it the first time you read or see it. It involves short clear sentences, and using everyday words and imagery. It is particularly important to provide information in plain English for people with literacy difficulties.

The Heartbeat Trust are delighted with the award and hope to continue creating public information with NALA guidelines in mind. They have recently developed the Heart Failure Education Pack and Toolkit which has also been approved by NALA.

The education pack can be found here.

An information meeting on the Screening to Prevent Heart Failure (STOP-HF) programme developed by Professor Kenneth McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heartbeat Trust was held in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan on the evening of Tuesday 11th October. The Heartbeat Trust, is a national charity that supports specialist clinical and research services in Heart Failure & Heart Failure Prevention by promoting efficiency in Irish healthcare especially around heart failure. Our motto is Predict, Protect, Prevent.

The Heartbeat Trust run a Screening initiative called STOP-HF (Screening to Prevent Heart Failure) in which individuals (over 40 years of age who have one cardiovascular risk factor, such as high blood pressure or diabetes) have a simple blood test which can predict those at risk of not just heart failure but other cardiovascular diseases, allowing more focused care to be directed to these at individuals.

The STOP-HF patient information meeting entitled, “Get More from STOP-HF; Equipping yourself with the knowledge to keep a Healthy Heart” was delivered by the expert team at The Heartbeat Trust. The speakers on the evening included Prof Ken McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heartbeat Trust, Fiona Ryan; Pharmacist, Elaine Tallon;STOP-HF Nurse and Karen Cradock; Specialist Cardiac Physiotherapist.

Over 300 guests attended this successful meeting and gained invaluable knowledge from these experts.

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Pictured are attendees making a heart symbol with their hands in an effort to raise awareness of Heart Failure and Heart Failure Prevention.

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, Chairman of the Heartbeat Trust and former Secretary General of the Department of Health, opened the meeting and welcomed over 300 guests.

Prof Ken McDonald gave the opening lecture on STOP-HF and the importance of BNP blood testing (BNP: B-type natriuretic peptide- which is a protein that is released from the heart muscle when it is under stress or strain) in preventing Heart Failure and the results to date. Ms Elaine Tallon, STOPHF Nurse followed with excellent advice on managing a balanced diet, cholesterol and blood pressure, followed by tips on exercise and how to reduce stress. With a phenomenal figure of 50% not taking medications as prescribed, Dr Fiona Ryan discussed the importance of medication adherence. She also explained clinical trials, how they work and the risks and benefits of participating.
The audience received an interactive presentation from Karen Cradock, Specialist Cardiac Physiotherapist, who (much to the guest’s amusement) had the audience out of their seats, doing gentle stretches and squats. Karen gave demonstrations of the types of exercise that should be undertaken on a daily basis in order to maintain a healthy heart.
The Heartbeat Trusts Communication Officer, Sinéad  Hand discussed the need for volunteers to get involved in the charity’s efforts in raising awareness of Heart Failure Prevention in Ireland. John, a Heartbeat Trust volunteer and STOPHF patient shared his experiences of the service and appealed to the guests to get involved with the charity in driving the future advancements of the STOPHF programme.

If you would like to get involved or find out any further information about The Heartbeat Trust, please get in touch by emailing us at info@heartbeat-trust.org

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eHealth in Revolution
Dublin Castle 15th-17th September

A major conference bringing together renowned speakers in healthcare and technology was held in Dublin Castle from the 15th-17th September. The conference was organised by the The Menarini Foundation and The Heartbeat Trust, a national charity that supports specialist clinical and research services in Heart Failure & Heart Failure Prevention and promotes efficiency in Irish healthcare especially around heart failure.

The eHealth in Revolution conference was officially opened by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and over 250 local and international delegates attended this three-day event.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Harris said: “I want to recognise the importance of eHealth in delivery of patient care. It has the potential to place the patient at the heart of our health system, and that’s something I’m very keen to see. In particular, it can allow health professionals to provide care in the most appropriate setting. New technologies are allowing for different approaches to the treatment of patients, offering alternative models of integrated care that can contribute to better outcomes for patients. Modern technology and eHealth provides opportunities and facilities that enable patients to truly participate in and contribute to the management of their own health.”

Prof Ken McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of The Heartbeat Trust, said: “This meeting presents an excellent opportunity to hear the latest information on many of the critical aspects of eHealth, along with insights into home-grown applications of this form of healthcare delivery. IT has the capacity to revolutionise healthcare delivery in Ireland. It is unfathomable why we haven’t made more progress with implementing technologies in healthcare but this conference offers a reflection point and an opportunity to spark a rising for eHealth.”

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Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, Chairman of the Heartbeat Trust and former Secretary General of the Department of Health addressed the conference as part of a panel on connected care. “eHealth properly utilised empowers patients, carers, the medical and associated professions, to work together to secure the very best outcomes for patients,” Dr McLoughlin has said. “eHealth also supports the implementation of cost-effective evidence-based best practice and enhances the clinical management of chronic disease such as heart failure.”

Dr McLoughlin also added that the Heartbeat Trust has been at the forefront of development of structured care programmes for the prevention and management of heart failure, including a “virtual consultation” service to enable specialists and GPs to discuss cases and reduce the need for outpatient department referral by 80%.

The conference was addressed by many global experts and advisors. Dr Alan Maisel, Professor of Medicine at the University of California gave the closing lecture on the future of eHealth and the role biomarkers can play in future health prediction through the use of the latest technologies. Professor Josip Car of Imperial College London and who has worked with the World Health Organisation also addressed the conference on the potential of eHealth. He believes healthcare is seriously lagging behind other sectors in terms of its use of information and communication technologies. His team are developing a technology to allow women who suffer depression post-pregnancy to be identified and treated.

The conference was also addressed by Richard Corbridge, Chief Information Officer of the Health Service Executive, Dr Nikolas Mastellos, Global eHealth Unit, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, Siobhan O’Connor of the University of Manchester, Paul Grundy, Global Director of Healthcare Transformation at IBM, Karl O’Leary of Microsoft and Dr Eugenio Capasso of Menarini Foundation.

The Heartbeat Trust are delighted with the success of eHealth in Revolution and look forward to the future and advancement of eHealth in Digital Health in Ireland and abroad.

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Heart Failure Awareness Day, an initiative of the European Society of Cardiology  is designed to raise awareness about the importance of recognising Heart Failure, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment

Heart Failure Patient Educational Resource launched at the meeting

Heart Failure in Ireland

Heart failure is a serious condition affecting 90,000 people in Ireland. There are another 160,000 people living with impending heart failure. Heart failure causes up to three times as many deaths as advanced cancers like bowel and breast cancer and is the number one reason for hospitalisation in the over 65s. Despite all of this heart failure awareness is worryingly low. One in three Irish people mistake heart failure symptoms with the normal signs of aging. One in four Irish people wait a week or more to seek medical advice when experiencing symptoms of heart failure1. Fewer than one in 10 people can identify three common symptoms of heart failure and these Irish figures emphasise how important it is for the public to learn more about the condition.

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Heart failure prevalence is increasing, affecting 2% of the population on the island of Ireland, with numbers set to grow as the population ages and associated conditions, in particular diabetes, become more prevalent.  The cost of heart failure approximates one billion euro across the island, driven primarily by hospital bed days numbering in excess of 230,000 bed days from emergency hospitalisation in the Republic of Ireland in 2012 alone.

Irish Cardiac Society calls for rapid community Heart Failure diagnosis

Professor Ken McDonald, President of the Irish Cardiac Society, has called for rapid Community Heart Failure Diagnosis to mark European Heart Failure Awareness Day, May 6th 2016.

“Although traditionally regarded as having a poor prognosis with little therapies to improve outlook, recent advances in heart failure therapies have dramatically changed this and led to much better quality of life and longer lives for people with heart failure” said Prof McDonald, a consultant cardiologist specialising in heart failure . “However, the critical first step for many of our patients in the community is rapid access to an accurate diagnosis and the definition of a care strategy following consultation between the general practitioner and the cardiologist”.

“At present this is compromised by difficulties experienced by our General Practitioners in getting access to important diagnostic tests and specialist opinion, leading to people with heart failure not receiving access to these life-changing therapies. A 6 month delay in diagnosis is estimated to lead to a 23% increase in emergency hospitalisation for people with suspected heart failure”.

To highlight this issue the Irish Cardiac Society established a North South GP / Specialist Working group who have agreed an approach to community diagnosis of this condition, which they feel should be universally available on the island of Ireland and which emphasies the  importance of access to diagnostic tests for heart failure. The Irish Cardiac Society encourages all involved in providing resources in health care on the island to work towards achieving specific goals over the next 12-24 months.

The society believes that ensuring rapid access to relevant diagnostics within a 2-6 week period, dependent on the severity of presentation, and subsequent specialist opinion within a further 4 weeks, will be a marked improvement on current delays which today can be in excess of 1 year.  This would result in speedy accurate diagnosis, careful planning of a treatment plan and significant reduction in subsequent Emergency Department attendance and emergency hospitalisation.

About Diagnostic Tests for Heart Failure

The main diagnostic tests required for this pathway are natriuretic peptides (a blood test) and echocardiography (an ultrasound scan of the heart).  Natriuretic peptides are proteins produced when the heart is under stress or strain.  A normal natriuretic peptide means that the GP need not send the patient for echocardiography and reduces demand on this service by 30%.  Echocardiography is an ultrasound of the heart which allows the doctor to see if there are abnormalities of structure or function of the heart consistent with heart failure and is essential to confirm the diagnosis and guide treatment.  Lack of access or delays in accessing these tests from the community leads to delays in diagnosis and emergency hospitalisations for this condition.

About the Irish Cardiac Society

The Irish Cardiac Society is the professional society in Ireland for those whose primary interest is in the practice of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiovascular Research.    www.irishcardiacsociety.com

About the North South GP / Specialist Care Initiative

The North South GP/Specialist Care Initiative is a working group of the Irish Cardiac Society involving general practitioners and cardiologists from  both from the Republic and Northern Ireland and cardiologists from both regions as well. The purpose of this group is to advise and discuss matters of mutual importance relating to Cardiovascular Disease, striving to improve the links between primary and secondary care.

European Heart Failure Awareness Day, the platform to launch “Keep It Pumping”

The “Keep It Pumping” campaign was officially launched today, European Heart Failure Awareness Day, to raise awareness of heart failure and the importance of recognising heart failure symptoms. The event which is being held in Dundrum Town Centre from the 6th – 8th May, is supported by The Heartbeat Trust and Croí and sponsored by Novartis.

The “Keep It Pumping” campaign aims to raise awareness of heart failure and its symptoms. We are encouraging people to donate their heartbeats in support of heart failure awareness. The “Keep It Pumping” app is available to download for free and lets you record and save your “heartbeat”. It also aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of heart failure and encourages people to seek medical advice if they or a family member are experiencing these symptoms. Common symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, low energy, swelling of the feet and ankles and coughing/wheezing.

In addition the Heart Failure Patient Alliance, founded by the Heartbeat Trust and Croí, is launching comprehensive heart failure education materials to support people who are living with heart failure and their carers, with the support of Novartis. This includes; practical advice on living with heart failure, helpful tips and advice from Irish people living with heart failure, their families, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dieticians.

Professor Ken McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist, Medical director of The Heartbeat Trust and National Clinical Lead for Heart Failure, said; “Education plays a huge role in disease prevention and management. The burden of heart failure is enormous from both societal and economic perspectives. Everyone needs to be better informed about heart failure: from symptoms and prevalence, to consequences and what can be done about it. Our aim is to help to reduce the burden of heart failure through the provision of educational material. To access this material visitwww.heartbeat-trust.ie or www.croi.ie/heart-failure-resources.”

Neil Johnson, CEO, Croí said; “It is important that people can recognise heart failure symptoms and if suffering from them speak to their GP at their next appointment. The most common symptoms of heart failure are; shortness of breath or trouble breathing, fatigue, swollen feet or ankles.”

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Loretto Callaghan, Managing Director, Novartis Ireland said, “Research conducted by Novartis in Ireland clearly shows that the awareness of health failure symptoms, is worryingly low, with most people mistaking the symptoms to be signs of aging. The only way we can start to tackle and manage the condition, is by raising awareness and uniting to improve the lives of those living with it.”

“Novartis is proud to support the Keep It Pumping campaign to help people identify symptoms of heart failure early, so they can act immediately to ensure that they will have an earlier diagnosis leading to better outcomes. For people already diagnosed with heart failure we are delighted to support the Heart Failure Patient Alliance to bring education and support to patients and their carers ensuring they are empowered and informed enough to manage their condition effectively.”

The Heartbeat Trust would like to thank all of its supporters throughout 2015.

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It has been a very exciting year for the Trust, we introduced our virtual consultation service and launched our Innovation Centre for Personalised Care with Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. We saw the expansion of our landmark STOP-HF (Screening TO Prevent Heart Failure) Programme into the Midlands region in addition to starting new studies into the prevention and treatment of Heart Failure. Our inaugural Golf Classic (sponsored by Arthur Cox) in Powerscourt was a huge success. This was also the first year team Heartbeat entered the VHI Womens Mini Marathon and the DLR Bay10k.

We were all deeply saddened by the passing of Krish Naidoo a long serving board and cofounder of the Trust. We are most grateful to him, his wife and family for their work and support. May he rest in peace and our sympathies to his wife and family.

There are about 90,000 people living with heart failure in Ireland today. It is one of the most common causes of hospitalisation in patients over 65 years of age. There are more than 20,000 patients admitted to hospital with heart failure in Ireland anually, 90% of which were emergency admissions.

The burden of heart failure on individuals, their families and the health service is increasing due to our ageing population, better survival after heart attacks, and poorly controlled risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking.

These numbers can be reduced by highlighting the risk factors of Heart Failure and becoming more aware of the signs. Prevention strategies such as our STOP-HF programme will reduce the numbers affected by Heart Failure.

With your donations and support we can;

  • Continue to provide and expand patient services for heart failure prevention and treatment.
  • Raise the awareness of Heart Failure and its symptoms to slow down and prevent more patient admissions to hospital Emergency Departments with Heart Failure related causes.
  • Fund more research to help prevent and treat heart failure.

The Heartbeat Trust wishes all its friends and supporters a Happy Christmas and all the very best in 2016. We look forward to further progress in 2016. Do keep in touch. Your help and support is highly valued and much appreciated.

A special word to the patients and their families: We are privileged to serve you and we wish each and everyone the peace and happiness this Christmas and throughout 2016.

Le gach Dea ghui i gcomhar Nollaig agus na hAithbhliana go gath einne.

Ambrose McLoughlin, Chairperson, The Heartbeat Trust.

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HEALTH LEADERS TO MEET TO DISCUSS TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE

20/10/2015 NO REPRO FEE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN Pic shows: (l to r) Research and Development Director of the Heartbeat Trust: Doctor Mark Ledwidge, Medical Director of the Heartbeat Trust: Professor Ken McDonald and Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, former Secretary General of the Department of Health and Chairperson of the Heartbeat Trust at the meeting in Dublin today. Some of the leading forces in healthcare, including senior officials of the Department of Health and HSE, will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss how the health service could be re-designed to make wider use of technologies in the treatment of chronic diseases. The meeting is being convened by the Heartbeat Trust which uses technology to manage heart failure patients.  Chaired by Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, former Secretary General of the Department of Health, the Trust is bringing together the top 25 in healthcare in Ireland involving Government, medics, HSE, CEOs of pharma, insurance, medical devices, tech companies about redesigning the health service. The Trust lead by a consultant cardiologist in St Vincent’s, Professor Ken McDonald could be a model for tackling chronic diseases which eat up a lot of the health service’s resources.  Using technology the Trust keeps people prone to heart failure out of hospital as much as possible.  “If the health system went for a system of connected care on chronic diseases involving service providers, funders, GPs, e-health, pharma and med tech, then it would take pressures out of the system and make better use of resources,” according to Dr McLoughlin, Chairman of the Heartbeat Trust. The Trust initiative is based on deploying smart community-based diagnostics to broaden the range of people who can benefit from landmark Screening to Prevent Heart Failure (STOP-HF) programme.  It also brings the next generation of novel, specific and personalised therapies to the STOP-HF population, as well as delivering care in the community using eHealth initiatives such as telemonit

Dublin, Monday, October 19, 2015: Some of the leading forces in healthcare, including senior officials of the Department of Health and HSE, will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss how the health service could be re-designed to make wider use of technologies in the treatment of chronic diseases.

 

The meeting is being convened by the Heartbeat Trust which uses technology to manage heart failure patients.  Chaired by Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, former Secretary General of the Department of Health, the Trust is bringing together the top 25 in healthcare in Ireland involving Government, medics, HSE, CEOs of pharma, insurance, medical devices, tech companies about redesigning the health service.

 

The Trust lead by a consultant cardiologist in St Vincent’s, Professor Ken McDonald could be a model for tackling chronic diseases which eat up a lot of the health service’s resources.  Using technology the Trust keeps people prone to heart failure out of hospital as much as possible.  “If the health system went for a system of connected care on chronic diseases involving service providers, funders, GPs, e-health, pharma and med tech, then it would take pressures out of the system and make better use of resources,” according to Dr McLoughlin, Chairman of the Heartbeat Trust.

 

The Trust initiative is based on deploying smart community-based diagnostics to broaden the range of people who can benefit from landmark Screening to Prevent Heart Failure (STOP-HF) programme.  It also brings the next generation of novel, specific and personalised therapies to the STOP-HF population, as well as delivering care in the community using eHealth initiatives such as telemonitoring and Virtual Consultations between primary and secondary care physicians.  This reduces waiting lists and bring care closer to the patient by empowering primary care.

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The pioneering work has shown a 40% reduction in heart-related Emergency Department admissions for the patients involved to date.  More than one million people in Ireland fit the STOP-HF criteria and amongst those, the model could save more than 17,000 emergency department admissions annually, equivalent to creating a brand new 380-bed hospital, if the model were rolled out nationally.  “People are now looking to our group internationally to understand how to roll the model out.  For example groups in Germany and Austria are working on the STOP-HF model and the Mayo Clinic in the United States is continuing discussions on how to adapt the STOP-HF model to the US healthcare system,” Professor McDonald said.