Mind your heart and your head – Dublin heart failure event

By June Shannon Heart News   |   31st Oct 2019

Operation Transformation psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy is due to speak at the Irish Heart Foundation’s patient information evening on heart failure in Dublin next week.

The Irish Heart Foundation is hosting the last of its 2019 nationwide public information evenings on heart failure on Thursday, November 7th in the Ashling Hotel in Dublin city centre.

Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor at the UCD School of Psychology, who is probably better known as the psychologist on RTE’s Operation Transformation, will discuss ways to care for your heart and your head while living with heart failure.

Dr Murphy is one of a number of heart failure experts due to address the Dublin heart failure meeting.

The event will be chaired by Dr Angie Brown, Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation.

Dr Emer Joyce, Consultant Cardiologist and heart failure specialist from the Mater University Hospital in Dublin, will speak on the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure while Michelle Carey, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Heart Failure at Tallaght University Hospital will share some tips on living well with heart failure.

Heart failure affects approximately 90,000 people in Ireland. It 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.

" 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."

Michael Lyster , Campaign Ambassador

The Dublin information evening is part of the Irish Heart Foundation’s heart failure awareness campaign ‘Don’t ignore the signs of Heart Failure’, which is supported by Novartis.

The campaign aims to educate the public about the warning signs and symptoms of heart failure and includes an online symptom checker.

The symptoms of heart failure include, shortness of breath, swollen ankles and fatigue. It also encourages people not to ignore these symptoms, but to discuss them with a doctor as soon as possible.

Former Sunday Game presenter and Campaign Ambassador Michael Lyster will make a special guest appearance at the Dublin meeting where he will share his person experience of living with heart failure

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.”

The Irish Heart Foundation’s free heart failure patient information evening will take place in the Ashling Hotel, in Dublin 8 on Thursday November 7th from 6.30 to 9pm.

For more information on the Dublin patient information evening please see here

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