Help A Heart 2018

GO RED FOR WALES THIS FEBRUARY AND HELP US SAVE LIVES IN WALES! FROM WEARING RED CLOTHES TO SITTING IN A BATH OF RED CUSTARD, PAINT YOUR FACE RED, PAINT YOUR ROOM RED WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE YOU COULD HELP WELSH HEARTS HOLD HEART SCREENING SESSIONS IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Hundreds die each year from an undiagnosed heart condition – that’s hundreds too many. A simple ECG (electrocardiogram) will identify most cardiac abnormalities so that conditions can be managed.

Welsh Hearts are pleased to be funding such a vital and life saving initiative. It is our mission to help protect and promote the heart health of young people here in Wales. Many people still associate heart disease and heart attacks with older people, however this is sadly not the case. But with screening we can make a massive difference and we will save lives.

Help A Heart is an annual campaign running throughout February, to raise money to enable Welsh Hearts to hold heart screening sessions.

Sam Warburton“This is a great initiative from Welsh Hearts that will hopefully prevent lives being lost from undiagnosed heart conditions.

“I’ve worked closely with Welsh Hearts for a number of years and they do a fantastic job in raising the awareness of heart conditions as well as screening across Wales.”

Sam Warburton

Each session costs £7000 to hold – Welsh Hearts part fund this vital service so you only need to pay £35 per person to have your heart screened. We cannot hold these heart screening sessions without generous donations of money to help support our work. Can you donate today to help us save lives in Wales.

Book a heart screening session

Welsh Hearts are pleased to offer heart screening sessions for everyone aged 18-35. You can book a place online to get your heart screened. Please email fundraising@welshhearts.org for more information.

The first heart screening session took place at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff on Saturday 30th January 2016, where 104 young people had their heart screened. The campaign is backed by Wales Captain Sam Warburton, talented artist Nathan Wyburn and Celebrity Big Brother runner up Joel Williams. All three Welsh celebrities are backing the campaign as they fall under the age bracket who are most at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

Upcoming sessions


Support our #helpaheart Campaign

We would like to run more sessions across Wales but we do not have a limitless pot of money, therefore we are also urging the general public to back our campaign and donate money so that we can fund more screenings. It costs Welsh Hearts £7,000 to provide screening for 100 young people.

You can help us raise money to fund more screening sessions by taking part in our #helpaheart fundraising campaign which we are celebrating by ‘wearing red’ throughout February.

You can donate online using your credit or debit card, or your PayPal account. Please make sure you choose #helpaheart as your designated fund so we can direct your donation to the right cause. Thank you.

What is a heart screening session?

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There is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. This is by having an ECG (electrocardiogram) test.

An ECG looks at the electrical conduction pathways around the heart. Small stickers known as electrodes are placed on the client’s chest and the wires connect to an ECG machine whilst they lie still.

A printout of the heart’s electrical activity is obtained for evaluation by the cardiologist. From the information provided, measurements are taken which give a guide to muscle thickness and size of the chambers of the heart.

This test is painless, non-invasive and takes only 5-10 minutes to perform.

About the sessions

The heart screening sessions involve a short 5-10 minute test which is quick and painless and able to detect any heart abnormalities. The doctors carrying out the tests will then review the results and let you know if you need a further test.

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