STOPHF (Screening to Prevent Heart Failure) Information video Launch on European Heart Failure Awareness Day

On May 5th, European Heart Failure Awareness Day, The Heartbeat Trust are proud to launch the STOPHF (Screening to Prevent Heart Failure) information video. The video was created in order to demonstrate to the wider community that STOPHF is a simple blood test with incredible results.

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Nurse and patient STOPHF NP blood test

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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 STOPHF 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.

The information video was created by a wonderful team of volunteers and The Heartbeat Trust  would like to thank Mrs. Dolores Hand (actress) and Mr. Cian Brennan (videographer) for their contributions.

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.

Heart Failure the Facts

Did you know…? Heart Failure affects approximately 90,000 people in Ireland, costing upwards of €700 million. One in five of us will develop heart failure in our lifetimes. These figures are staggering and more is needed to help prevent this silent killer.

STOPHF Video links

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