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