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Friday, 8th January 2021

New supports to help Louth heart failure patients combat Covid isolation

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Lucinda McNerney, Heart Failure Programme Manager with Irish Heart Foundation, is encouraging people with heart failure to engage with new supports.

The Irish Heart Foundation is urging the estimated 2,700 people living with heart failure in County Louth to engage with new supports it has established during Covid-19 restrictions.

The charity has responded to a sense of isolation felt by people living with heart failure, a condition which has a lower survival rate than many cancers.

Heart failure or heart inefficiency occurs when the organ is not working as well as it should and does not pump blood around the body efficiently.

With almost 300 new cases every year in Louth, the Foundation’s new support service will help thousands of people nationwide to live normal, full and active lives with their condition.

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It has launched a range of supports, including online groups and a podcast presented by retired RTE presenter Michael Lyster, who has experienced heart failure himself.

“Patients with heart failure and other cardiac conditions have real fears and a sense of isolation during the current climate of escalating Covid cases,” said Lucinda McNerney, Heart Failure Programme Manager.

“The supports, which include our new podcast series, Nurse Support Line, new heart failure web page, Heart Support Network, online meetings, daily exercise on Facebook and peer to peer support, will help patients and their families to keep well at home both physically and mentally.

“The IHF support service allows people to access regular information sessions on topics such as medication, lifestyle changes, self-management and diet.

“They will be provided by healthcare professionals who work in the area of heart failure, including Norma Caples, National Nurse Lead for the Heart Failure Programme in Ireland.”

You can sign up to receive the supports at www.irishheart.ie or contact Lucinda McNerney, Heart Failure Programme Manager on 01 – 668 5001 or at heartfailure@irishheart.ie.

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