THE Irish Heart Foundation
(IHF) is urging the estimated 2,700 people living with
heart failure in Donegal to engage with new supports it
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 Donegal, the
foundation’s new support service will help thousands of
people nationwide to live normal, full and active lives
with their condition.
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.
“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
“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
or contact Lucinda McNerney, Heart Failure Programme
Manager on 01 668 5001 or email