Safety of common heart drugs in COVID-19 patients: A study.

At the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak there were concerns that the Covid-19 virus might have a greater impact in people taking certain medications –  angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) (e.g lisinopril, ramipril, enalopril, captopril)  or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) (e.g. candesartan, olmesartan, valsartan, losartan). These medications are commonly taken to reduce blood pressure and to treat heart failure.

A clinical trial was carried out by researchers in Duke University, North Carolina, US. In total, 659 people taking ACEI/ARB who were admitted to hospital in Brazil with Covid-19 were included in the study. The ACEI/ARB was discontinued for 30 days in half of the patients, and continued in the other half. At the end of the 30 day study, the proportion of patients alive in both groups was similar.

The results of this study (the BRACE CORONA trial) were presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference on 01 Sept 2020 (please see link to the full article below).   The Heartbeat Trust cares for over 1000 people with high blood pressure in the STOPHF Service of St Michaels Hospital, Dublin. Just over half of these are taking ACEI or ARB medication. This research provides reassurance that those who need these drugs for their heart should continue using them.

Face Masks Now Available!

Support our work fighting #heartfailure by purchasing a face mask! Our highly sought after masks are now on sale!

We teamed up with Irish designer @NiallTyrrell to bring you Irish handmade high quality face masks. Available in regular & large sizes.

See the tab above to order. Modelled here by our charity co-founder Prof. Ken McDonald!


Call or email Kate at 01-2845735 or [email protected] to find out more.

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Face Masks – Launching Soon!

Keep an eye out on our website for our new Heartbeat Trust branded face masks. HeartBeat Trust in collaboration with Irish designer @nialltyrrell have created these face masks to raise much needed funds to continue to provide heart failure screening, clinical trials & valuable research in our fight against heart failure.
On sale soon 💛 #HeartFailure #HeartHealth

Call or email Kate at 01-2845735 or [email protected] to find out more.

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Best Wishes to RB Pharithi!

Wishing our Doctor RB Pharithi our huge thanks for his care, commitment and dedication for our #StopHF patients especially during #COVID19. He will be missed by us all & the team St Michael’s Hospital #DunLaoghaire. Best wishes in your new role RB! 🙏

POSITION FILLED. We are Hiring! Dun Laoghaire area

Research Nurse required for Maternity Leave Cover – Dun Laoghaire! – Are you working in research in Dublin? – Would you like a Dun Laoghaire-based, Monday to Friday nursing role with no late nights or weekends? – Are you interested in working at the forefront of preventative cardiology screening and research? – Would you like […]

Happy International Nurses Day!

Wishing all our nursing colleagues a happy #InternationalNursesDay2020 from the team (Emma Brennan, Aoife McDermott, Nuala Edwards) here in the #HeartFailure unit at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire.

True #FrontLineHeroes #HeartHeroes #DunLaoghaire 💛🙏

Team Achievement!

Team News! Congratulations to Aoife McDermott our Clinical Research Nurse on passing her probation with flying colours.

Healthy treats for our rugby star too naturally! Congrats Aoife 🥳👩‍⚕️🏉 🏀💛

#clinicalresearch #nurse #heartfailure #STOPHF #stmichaelsdunlaoghaire #frontlineheroes #covid19 #congratulations

Our Services During COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, we have adapted our patient-facing services here in St. Michael’s Dun Laoghaire to ensure we still deliver you the best quality care in the safest way. We are here during #covid19 for our patients.

Above are some of our Heartbeat Trust team members; Joanne Maher & Aoife McDermott research nurses, Kathrina Bentley CEO & Libhan Collins our research assist. Don’t hesitate to call💛

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