The Heartbeat Trust


Coming up in November 2015:

An evening with Irish Rugby Legends

The Heartbeat Trust is delighted to announce a great event for a great cause. On the evening of 3rd of November in Dun Laoghaire, Irish Rugby Legends Tony Ward, Ollie Campbell and Mickey Quinn will dissect Rugby World Cup 2015 and, in conversation with Brent Pope, will discuss the battle for the No10 Jersey between Tony and Ollie.

Its a must for all Rugby fans and its in support of a great cause. The evening will be hosted at the Pavillion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and for more information and to make a booking click here

June 2015:

Heartbeat Golf Classic, Powerscourt

The summer sun shone down as sporting legends Liam Buckley and Tony Ward as well as stars from the entertainment industry Keith Duffy and Brian Ormond competed for first prize at the inaugural Heartbeat Golf Classic in Powerscourt Golf Club.

Many thanks to all of our sponsors including Arthur Cox, Newbridge Silverware, CCIS, Social & Personal and The Irish Mail on Sunday.

The teams competed in a mixed-four ball tournament and rounded off a great day with a BBQ in the beautiful surroundings of Powerscourt, where prizes were awarded by The Heartbeat Trust’s Chairman Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin

June 2015:

Run for Heartbeat!

A 30 - strong team represented The Heartbeat Trust in the VHI's Women's Mini Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday. The team were among over 37,000 who took part in the event. The orange weather warning didn't dampen spirits while helping  raise vital funds for The Heartbeat Trust. A reception was held in House on Leeson St afterwards. Thank you to all participants and supporters. If you would like to support the Heartbeat Trust, text HEARTBEAT to 50300 in order to donate €4.

May 2015:

Pioneering Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Project Announced to Mark European Heart Failure Awareness Day, 8th May 2015

A significant investment in the world’s first personalised heart failure prevention study was announced today to coincide with the annual European Heart Failure Awareness Day. The project is a collaboration between the pharmaceutical company Novartis and the Heartbeat Trust. The ground-breaking new study, entitled PARABLE*, aims to recruit 250 people over a two year period and will be the first project to be carried out by the new Dublin-based Innovation Centre for Personalised Medicine, which was launched in early 2015. The study, which will also be the first of its kind in the world, will shift the focus away from population-based intervention to a more targeted approach, which effectively focuses attention on those at higher risk of heart failure. This departure allows the million at risk of heart failure to be narrowed down to a cohort of 250,000 at the higher risk. Significantly, the project is focused on heart failure prevention versus treatment. For more information, click here

April 2015:

Launch of new Text Donation service

Text HEARTBEAT to 50300 to donate €4 100% of your donation goes to The Heartbeat Trust across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to The Heartbeat Trust. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278 Please note that donations through text can only be made once every 24hours. For more information on fundraising for the Heartbeat Trust, please click here

February 2015:

Launch of new Innovation Centre in Personalised Cardiovascular Care 

The Heartbeat Trust together with The Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar TD and Professor Ken McDonald (pictured right) will launch Ireland’s first Innovation Centre for Personalised Cardiovascular Care on Februrary 24th. Personalised care uses detailed patient profiling to tailor the right therapy to the right person at the right time. Places are limited and for more details click here

January 2015:

New Virtual Consultation Service

The Heartbeat Trust in association with Cardiomark is providing a new virtual consultation service, designed to help guide registered Clinician users about patients with suspected heart failure. If you are a registered user, click on the link below to schedule a virtual consultation. If you are not a registered user, please Contact Us to find out more and in your email provide quote the virtual consultation service, provide details of your qualifications and contact number and ask for Bronagh Travers.

Click here to schedule a virtual consultation 

January 2015:

Heartbeat Trust Public Information Meeting 

The Heartbeat Trust’s 5th Public Information Meeting took place in The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, Tuesday the 27th January 2014. The meeting was attended by over 170 patients and carers. The Heartbeat Trust’s fundraising officer Katie Reilly, discussed exciting ways to become involved in supporting the charity.

Professor Ken McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist presented an update on the STOP-HF study. Presentations on health and wellbeing were also given by Elaine Tallon, clinical specialist nurse and Karen Cradock, chartered physiotherapist.

November 2014:

Heartbeat Trust Researcher wins inaugural Brian Maurer Young Investigator of the Year Award 

The Heartbeat Trust is delighted to announce that Dr Chris Watson, a Senior Researcher with the Heartbeat Trust and the Conway Institute at UCD, was awarded the Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award at the recent Irish Cardiac Society Annual Scientific Meeting held in Athlone.

Dr Watson received the award for his work Epigenetic Modifying Therapy for the Treatment of Cardiac Fibrosis and Hypertrophy. This work formed the basis of Dr Watson’s recent funding award from Enterprise Ireland, which entails building a commercial case for epigenetic modifying therapy for the treatment of cardiomyopathies.

The Irish Cardiac Society annual Young Investigator Award was renamed this year as the Brian Maurer Young Investigator Award in honour of Dr Brian Maurer, former Chairman of the Heartbeat Trust, who passed away in 2013. For more details click here

October 2014:

STOP-HF research study wins prestigious award

The Heartbeat Trust is delighted to announce that the STOP-HF research study has been given a prestigious international research award by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Click here for more.

April 2014:

STOP-HF public meeting on cardiovascular disease in diabetes in association with the Health Research Board and the European Commission Framework Programme 7

A video summary of the second STOP-HF public meeting on cardiovascular disease has been released. The meeting was attended by over 300 people associated with the STOP-HF follow on programme with a focus on diabetes.

Hosted by the Heartbeat Trust, speakers include Professor Donal O'Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist as well as Professor Ken McDonald and Dr Joe Gallagher from the STOP-HF programme. View highlights in the YouTube clip.For a recording of the post talk discussion, click here.  

Jan 2014

Evidence Based Medicine provides a commentary on the STOP-HF programme 

The BMJ's Evidence-Based Medicine systematically searches a wide range of international medical journals applying strict criteria for the validity of research. Recently, experts critically appraised the STOP-HF study, supported by the Heartbeat Trust.  To read the report, click here

September 2013

The recent Heartbeat Trust public meeting on STOP-HF for the programme participants 

More than 300 participants met with the Trust and the study team in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in the first of a series of public meetings to discuss the results and the future of the programme.

The team was joined by Minister Alex White TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care. Minister White who told the audience about the importance of STOP-HF and the need to strengthen primary care.

Speakers were Professor Ken McDonald and Dr Joe Gallagher from the STOP-HF programme. View a brief clip with highlights in the YouTube clip


October 2013

Prevention of Heart Failure biomarker driven prevention of heart failure. The PONTIAC trial is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology this October.

The PONTIAC study follows on from the larger STOP-HF study focusing on patients with diabetes. This study sought to assess the primary preventive effect of cardioprotective therapy in high-risk patients with diabetes selected by N-terminal pro–B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). After 12 months there was a significant difference between the number of patients treated with cardioprotective therapies. Also, this was an effective and safe intervention for the primary prevention of cardiac events for diabetic patients pre-selected using NT-proBNP. 

The PONTIAC study, along with the STOP-HF study, provides important evidence that prevention of heart failure is an attainable goal. View a commentary in the YouTube clip.

The Heartbeat Trust is all about preventing heart disease

The Heartbeat Trust is helping to lead the way in prevention of heart disease

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The Heartbeat Trust is a registered charity based in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland which is dedicated to  the prevention, early detection and treatment of heart failure (where the muscle of the heart does not work as well as it should do).

Located in the east coast area of Ireland, the Trust has a network of collaborators and stakeholders giving national and international impact.

The Heartbeat Trust also provides healthcare services and carries out innovative research in conjunction with the St Vincents Chronic Cardiovascular Disease Unit

Our research

To date there have been more than 80 peer reviewed publications from the unit. In addition, unit personnel have made in excess of 150 presentations at national and international meetings. To find out more about our research, click here

Our news

  • March 2013. The STOP-HF study is a major research programme focused on prevention of heart failure -
  • July 2013. The STOP-HF study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association - see press release
  • July 2013. Adrian Hernandez, MD, Duke University, talks about the implications of the STOP-HF trial in JAMA - see report
  • August 2013. Gary S. Francis, MD, University of Minnesota, talks about Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
  • September 2013. Inaugural Heartbeat Trust Annual Public Meeting - the STOP-HF programme and future initiatives. To view a quick video of the evening, click here
  • October 2013. Momentum grows for prevention of heart failure as the PONTIAC trial is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. See commentary here
  • January 2014. Read the BMJ Evidence Based Medicine review of the STOP-HF study here
  • April 2014. Watch highlights of the presentations at the STOP-HF public meeting on diabetes supported by the HRB and FP7 here
  • September 2014. The Heartbeat Trust in association with Cardiomark provides a new virtual consultation service for healthcare professionals, which is designed to help guide referrals for patients with suspected heart failure
  • October 2014. STOP-HF Research Study wins prestigious Royal College of General Practitioners Award. For more information, click here
  • November 2014. STOP-HF Researcher wins inaugural Brian Maurer Young Investigator of the Year Award. Click here for more
  • February 2015 Launch of new Innovation Centre in Personalised Cardiovascular Care. The Heartbeat Trust together with The Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar TD will launch Ireland’s first Innovation Centre for Personalised Cardiovascular Care on Februrary 24th.  For more details click here
  • May 2015. A significant investment in the world’s first personalised heart failure prevention study by the Heartbeat Trust to coincide with the annual European Heart Failure Awareness Day. For more information, click here

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