• The St Vincent’s Screening TO Prevent Heart Failure, STOP-HF Screening Programme

    Guiding you toward preventing heart failure

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Welcome to STOPHF by The Heartbeat Trust

Welcome to  The Heartbeat Trust, a charity established in 2004 by Professors Ken McDonald and Mark Ledwidge to prevent heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases. We do this by supporting innovation, developing evidence and applying this evidence in multi-disciplinary care services.

Did you know? One in 5 of us will develop heart failure in our lifetime. There are up to 90,000 people in Ireland living with Heart Failure and the estimated cost of Heart Failure is €660 million.

STOPHF is a simple NP blood test can predict your risk of developing heart failure and keep you healthier longer!

What is STOPHF?

Information on STOPHF & Heart Failure Prevention


Information and advice on reducing your risk of heart disease

Real Stories

This is where we share YOUR stories.  We’ve gathered some of our most compelling stories from our STOPHF patients. We would love to share your story, so please get in touch.

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Preventing Heart Failure

Lifestyle choices & managing your risk of developing heart failure.


The Heartbeat Trust answer your questions on our Ask the Expert video wall.


Sign up to our STOPHF-Connect members area. STOPHF-Connect is a one stop shop for all your needs. When you become a member you will have access to a wealth of educational resources targeted for Healthcare Professionals specialising in Heart Failure Prevention such as Case Studies, CME presentations, downloadable PDF’s, Heart Failure Virtual Clinics, Clinical Trials, Research and much more.

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Patient Testimonials

Some words from our patients:

“It is indeed so very reassuring to know that we have excellent doctors such as Prof McDonald and his team working on our behalf.’

“As a spouse of a stroke survivor, tonight talks made me more aware of the actions I need to take for my own health as well as that of my husbands.”

“I find the process reassuring and the people involved in STOPHF very kind and helpful”

“I feel secure in the knowledge that I am being monitored. Beneficial in having ongoing advice etc.”

“Because of the thoroughness of the annual checks I was kept aware of my medical condition”

“While on the research programme it was discovered I had too much hormone. Then I was sent to the Endocrinology team in SVUH for many tests. I was diagnosed to have a growth in my pituitary and acromegaly. I had surgery in Beaumont Hospital to remove the growth. I am so grateful to the Heartbeat Trust for finding this and sending me to have it researched and treated.

“Lovely people. Great work over many years which will clearly help our nation. Thank you for your information”