What is STOPHF?
The Heartbeat Trust and St Michael’s Hospital in Dun Laoghaire are home to the STOPHF initiative – which offers screening to prevent heart failure, a service aimed at prevention and early detection.
The screening initiative is where individuals (over 40 years of age who have one cardiovascular risk factor such as high blood pressure or diabetes) have a simple blood test which can predict those at risk of not just heart failure but other cardiovascular diseases, allowing more focused care to be directed to these at individuals.
The programme began in 2004 as a research project with the main aim of assessing if people with risk factors for heart failure could have their risk defined by the use of a blood test known as Natriuretic Peptide (NP). NP is a protein that is released from the heart when it is under stress or strain.
The results of the research study were positive and STOPHF is now a routine clinical service supported by the Heartbeat Trust.