Amsterdam and Breda represent the Netherlands in the Acting on Heart Failure campaign
On 22nd May, Dayenne Zwaagman and Patricia Vlasman of iHHub patient group Hart4Onderzoek (Heart4Research) presented a cheque in support of Heart Failure research on behalf of their board. The €2,500 donation to AFIP was funded by community efforts of Hart4Onderzoek and will fund L-Glutamine research in an endeavour to improve the quality of life for people living with Heart Failure. The research is being undertaken by Prof Bianca Brundel (VUmc) and Natascha de Groot (EramsusMC) and focuses on arrhythmias in Heart Failure patients. This research is particularly relevant as Heart Failure is currently the leading cause of death in Europe affecting both youth and the elderly. Recognising this significance, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, Sir Eric van der Burg attended the event lending his support for Heart Failure awareness efforts. Hart4Onderzoek is dedicated to supporting Heart Failure research including the relationship between atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy.
In addition to efforts in Amsterdam, Hart4Onderzoek held an important Heart Failure prevention event in Breda. On 22nd May, KBS Laurentius, a local primary school, held a sponsorship run to raise funds for research into hereditary heart muscle disease to prevent the development of Heart Failure. Prior to the event, on 9th May, the children were educated about Heart Failure and heart muscle diseases by post doctoral research fellow of the VUmc hospital Dr. Paul Wijnker. Dr. Wijnker joined forces with a pupil within the school who is living with heart disease and at-risk for Heart Failure. Together they gave four presentations to over 400 children in third to sixth grade to raise their awareness of Heart Failure and the importance of participating in the run. The children were engaged and participated en masse in the sponsorship run to collect as much money as possible for the research. The children walked laps of 500 meters under the beautiful spring sun in the vicinity of the school. Within an hour and a half, the enthusiastic children walked and ran many kilometers, some even more than 10! All proceeds will go directly to Heart Failure research.
Well done to Hart4Onderzoek for a very impressive event that tackles both management of Heart Failure and prevention and for recognising that involving youth in awareness efforts has significant implications to prevention efforts. Visit their website and Facebook page for more details about the event and visit the iHHub Facebook page and Twitter to keep updated on all the events throughout Europe in support of the Acting on Heart Failure campaign.