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Thursday 14 November 2019

Free information evening on heart failure at Sligo Park

As part of the 'Don't Ignore the Signs of Heart Failure' awareness campaign the Irish Heart Foundation, supported by Novartis, will host a free Patient Information Evening on Heart Failure in the Sligo Park Hotel on Wednesday 6th November.

David Best is one of the guest speakers at the event, where he will speak about his experience of heart failure, the importance of self-management, the benefits of exercise and advice on medications, while highlighting the Irish Heart Foundation's work to support people living with the condition.

He will be joined by medical experts in cardiology including; Dr Donal Murray, Consultant Cardiologist, Sligo University Hospital; Attracta Madden, Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sligo University Hospital; Fiona Mahon, Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sligo University Hospital.

Heart failure affects 90,000 people in Ireland.

The information evening will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and is for heart failure patients, their carers and families, and those concerned about the condition. To register to attend this free event and for further information on the awareness campaign, please visit KnowYourHeart.ie or contact Martina Greene in the Irish Heart Foundation on mgreene@irishheart.ie or 087 605 7696.

Speaking ahead of the event, Martina Greene, Coordinator of the Sligo Heart Failure Support Group with the Irish Heart Foundation, said; "In our experience at the Irish Heart Foundation, many people are not familiar with the condition heart failure before they are diagnosed and they find the word 'failure' scary - they don't want to confront it.

"Our heart failure support groups, including the group in Sligo, meet regularly and provide information, support and advice on heart failure for people living with the condition.

"Groups also offer activity programmes to members, which can include guest speakers, recreational trips and services such as physiotherapy exercise.

"We hope that people living in Sligo and surrounding areas with heart failure, their carers and families, and anyone concerned about the condition will join us at our free information evening in the Sligo Park Hotel, on Wednesday November 6th"

Speaking about the success of the campaign to date, Michael Lyster, campaign ambassador who lives with heart failure, said: "At the beginning of the campaign, we called on the people of Ireland to make heart failure awareness a top priority. The response to date has been fantastic. Since the beginning of the summer, over 11,000 people visited KnowYourHeart.ie to use the symptom checker, and over 750 attended the information events to learn more about managing their condition. We're making sure that this once ignored condition gets the attention it deserves, ensuring that anyone experiencing symptoms gets to the doctor and diagnosed as early as possible."

Heart failure is a highly debilitating, life-threatening condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body, as the walls of the heart become too weak or too stiff to work properly.

The 'Don't Ignore the Signs of Heart Failure' campaign aims to educate the public about the warning signs of heart failure - which include shortness of breath, swollen ankles and fatigue - and empower those who may be experiencing these symptoms not to ignore them, but rather to discuss them with a doctor as soon as possible.

The good news is that people with heart failure can live a full and active life if the condition is detected and treated early.

For more information about heart failure, to register for the Sligo event, and to use the Irish Heart Foundation's heart failure symptom checker, visit KnowYourHeart.ie

Heart failure affects 90,000 people in Ireland.

Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood around the body as the walls of the heart have become too weak or stiff to work as normal.

A free patient information evening will take place at The Sligo Park Hotel on November 6th.

David will be speaking at the event, along with medical experts in cardiology.

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