• Acting on Heart Failure’ is a patient group-led initiative dedicated to increasing the global awareness of heart failure
  • Dún Laoghaire one of three Irish locations taking part in European campaign
  • Mayors from locations across Europe have been invited by the International Heart Hub (iHHUB) to help raise awareness of heart failure and call for local action to improve the lives of those living with the condition


    On May 9th Councillor Tom Murphy, An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, heart failure patients, carers and their families joined the Heartbeat Trust at St Michael’s Hospital and to launch the ‘Acting on Heart Failure’ European awareness initiative.

    We joined Galway, Cork, and another 37 locations across Europe to welcome this patient group-led heart failure awareness campaign. The campaign, running throughout May as the designated European Heart Failure Awareness Month, invites Mayors from across Europe to commit to raising awareness of heart failure and call for local action in their respective cities and towns to improve the lives of those living with the condition.

    Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Murphy said; “Dun Laoghaire is proud to be one of 40 locations participating in this very important initiative. Heart failure is a serious condition which affects millions globally – 90,000 people live with the condition in Ireland, and up to 60 million people worldwide. It’s time to join together to understand heart failure and commit to making positive changes to improve the lives of those with the condition.”

    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 properly. However, with access to timely diagnosis, appropriate medical management and follow- up services, a patient’s prognosis can be significantly improved. 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 years.

    Professor Ken McDonald, Clinical Director of Heartbeat Trust said; “At the Heartbeat Trust we are delighted to be part of the collective effort, both globally and locally, to raise awareness of this condition. Awareness of the condition, its symptoms and preventive measures is so important to ensure a long and healthy life. For those who wish to know more, I urge them to get involved in this campaign, and to make use of the Heartbeat Trust’s Heart Failure Toolkit – a wonderful online resource for anyone interested in learning more about the condition.”

    The ‘Acting on Heart Failure’ Campaign in Europe is the brainchild of the International Heart Hub (iHHUB) and is supported in part by Novartis. Irish patient groups the Heartbeat Trust and Croi are spearheading the initiative in Ireland.