Approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease – including coronary heart disease, stroke and other circulatory diseases.
At the Irish Heart Foundation, we are fighting to improve services that will contribute to a 25% reduction in premature deaths from cardiovascular disease by 2025.
The Irish Heart Foundation is primarily focused on how the cardiovascular disease patients we represent are best served by the Irish health system.
The OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has identified significant challenges for countries seeking to reduce cardiovascular disease.
Sadly all of these challenges are apparent within the Irish system:
90,000 people and 20,000 hospital admissions
Swollen ankles, breathlessness and extreme tiredness are key symptoms of heart failure, a chronic condition affecting 90,000 people living in Ireland and responsible for 20,000 hospital admissions each year.
Prompt assistance would help people live longer
Because so few people understand how common and life-threatening the condition is, they are not seeking the prompt medical assistance that can save their lives. However, with suitable treatment patients can live an active and comfortable life, preventing the heart function getting worse and helping them live longer.
We need to talk about Heart Failure more
In Ireland, heart failure is among the least talked about, the least understood and the least prominent of chronic diseases.
Focus on community care
The recommendations for heart failure within the Cardiovascular Disease Policy (2010) are underlined by a desire to shift the centre of heart failure care from the hospital to the community setting. The policy proposes the development of an integrated community-based approach to heart failure management, led by primary care teams. A growing body of data, from national and international sources, shows that multidisciplinary care for heart failure, can produce significant reductions in the need for hospitalisation. These recommendations are supported by the Irish Heart Foundation Council on Heart Failure.
The Irish Heart Foundation has made a number of policy submissions to government and other organisaitons in an effort to improve patient care.
For more informaiton on our submissions please contact our Policy Manager, Kathryn Reilly email: firstname.lastname@example.org