Tommy Bowe launches The Mater Heart Appeal for 2012 to help raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome – SADS.
In Ireland, more than one young person dies from an undiagnosed heart condition each week. The Mater Heart Appeal raises much-needed funds for the Mater Hospital’s Family Heart Screening Clinic, where relatives of loved ones who have died from SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome) or survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, can be screened for undiagnosed heart conditions.
Now celebrating its 5th Anniversary, the Mater Family Heart Screening Clinic has seen a massive increase in demand for its services, with almost 500 extended families from all over Ireland seeking help with screening and diagnosing familial causes of cardiac disease. Identifying genetic cardiac conditions is a speciality of the clinic, and with some families running to more than 20 members, this is a complex and lengthy process.
Key to the Family Heart Screening Clinic is the level of care, attention and appropriate and timely assistance that is provided to the sometimes bereaved, but always anxious families who avail of the service. The screening allows the medical team to make important diagnoses in over one-third of families who attend because of a sudden unexpected death of a close family member – and whist no one wishes to find out that they have a hidden heart condition; the importance of instituting proper preventive measures in saving lives cannot be overstated.
For the month of February, the Mater Heart Appeal will encourage people to donate much needed funds online at http://www.materfoundation.ie or by texting MATER to 51500 to pledge a donation. In addition, people can purchase a Mater Heart Badge which will be on sale nationwide costing just €2, the proceeds of which will go directly to the running of the Family Heart Screening Clinic.
More information can be found here