Irish Heart Foundation
The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) is the only national voluntary organisation working towards prevention of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Stroke. Through medical based research and community based education programmes the IHF is aiming to reduce the incidence of premature death and disability from CVD. It provides information on risk factors for heart disease and support for change to a healthy lifestyle: - not smoking, regular exercise and healthy eating to communities, workplaces and schools.
Ongoing training in coronary care for nurses and other healthcare professionals is provided. The Irish Heart Foundation publishes a wide range of leaflets and booklets.
The IHF is a founding partner of ASH Ireland, and continues to fund its activities. The Foundation is aIso a patient advocacy organization, whose principle concern. Is to ensure that the Government's CVD Strategy is fully implemented.
The Irish Heart Foundation coordinates a network of training sites throughout the country that offer Basic (CPR) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Training to the General Public and Healthcare professionals. The IHF also offers CPR and ACLS instructor training, and organizes mass training days, aimed at teaching CPR to as many members of the public as possible, without cost to the individual.
Over 70% of the IHF annual budget is raised from voluntary contributions and corporate donations.