The Heartbeat Trust
...Supporting specialist services and research in heart failure...
...putting knowledge into actionÖ
Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in Ireland. Cardiomyopathy* is a type of heart disease which may be present in more than 160,000 Irish people, many of whom will go on to develop Heart Failure. It is set to reach epidemic proportions in this decade. The Heartbeat Trust supports research and special services in the Heart Failure Unit in St Vincentís University Hospital Group. The main foci of the Charity are:
- To raise public awareness of the risk of developing Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure.
- To develop improved strategies of detecting cardiomyopathy earlier in itís development and prevent its' progression to Heart Failure.
- To enhance collaborative management between community and hospital based services of both people with and those at risk of developing cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
This is a critical development in Cardiovascular Care in Ireland. It is an exciting new departure focused on the prevention of Heart Failure rather than simply accepting a growing epidemic. It represents a unique collaboration between Hospital, Community Care and the public and will have wide-ranging benefits for everyone.
*Cardiomyopathy is heart muscle damage which may be genetic or caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
The Launch of the Heartbeat Trust
The Heartbeat Trust was officially launched in August 2005. From then until now, the organisation has made significant strides in addressing its central goals of increasing awareness of heart failure, establishing a platform for prevention of this syndrome and continuing to investigate alternative and improved strategies for delivering heart failure care. Visit our website at www.heartbeat-trust.org to view.