Heart Connect Service

The Irish Heart Foundation Heart Connect Service is not currently active but we are hoping to get it back up and running in the future. We’ll keep you informed.

Heart Connect is a dedicated support service for people living with heart failure and was a response to a huge unmet need for support for people living with the condition in the community.

It is currently a pilot project running in South Tipperary, Carlow/Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.

This pilot project will run until the end of October 2022 and we are currently reviewing locations for the next Heart Connect Pilot project. Please keep an eye on this page which will be updated as soon as we have more details.

For more information or to receive heart failure supports please email heartfailure@irishheart.ie 

A lack of support and education can mean patients can struggle to manage their heart failure effectively and Heart Connect aims to help them with this through the promotion of self-care and education. We know from patient feedback that dealing with a chronic illness like heart failure can be very isolating and low mood, anxiety, and depression can be high among those diagnosed with the condition.

The Heart Connect phone support service provides patients with six support calls from Irish Heart Foundation staff and nurses on a monthly basis.

The focus of these calls is to reinforce the advice of heart failure clinics and GPs and provide social, emotional, and practical support, advice, and education on the management of their condition.

There is also option for referral into other IHF supports such as the nurse support line, zoom information meetings, exercise classes and other short-term interventions such as mindfulness and counselling.

A key part of the service is checking in with the person to ensure they know how to manage their condition, recognise and understand red flag signs and symptoms, and who to contact if there are any issues.

The service aims to complement the work of heart failure clinics and GPs, emphasising the key message on how to manage and monitor symptoms and will also provide a pathway to escalate any issues or concerns to the patient’s medical team/heart failure clinic, with the aim of preventing further deterioration and or hospital admission.

After completing the six-month programme, patients can continue to receive ongoing support from the Irish Heart Foundation’s National heart failure support service.

For more information or to receive heart failure supports please email heartfailure@irishheart.ie 

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