The capital city of Ireland joins the campaign
The capital city of Ireland, Dublin, joined the European ‘Acting on Heart Failure’ awareness campaign on May 9th. Cllr Tom Murphy, An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, heart failure patients, carers and their families joined the National Heart Failure charity, The Heartbeat Trust, at St Michael’sHospital, Dublin to endorse the initiative.
Dublin joined Galway, Cork, and the many other cities across Europe to welcome this patient group-led HeartFailure 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 Chairperson, Cllr 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.”