Welcome and thank you for visiting our blog. The British Heart Foundation Jersey Branch was established in 1972 to support the life saving research of the BHF. We have created this page to help Islanders keep up to date with local events, activities and ways in which you can support our local fight against heart disease.
Monday 19th September marks an international awareness day surrounding a life-threatening condition of Aortic Dissection.
The BHF Jersey Branch & Jersey Heart Support Group have teamed up with one of our wonderful volunteers to raise awareness of the condition - and why it is important for Islanders to visit their doctors if they are at all concerned.
Mike Strong of the Jersey Heart Support Group & Keith Berry - two local survivors keen to raise awareness.
Aortic Dissection (AD)
WHAT IS IT?
Aortic dissection is a life threatening condition where the wall of the main blood vessel leaving the heart, the aorta, splits and forms an additional false vessel. It is associated with high blood pressure and with less common conditions such as Marfan syndrome. It is one of the complications of a thoracic aortic aneurysm.
Aortic dissection affects the flow of blood through the aorta and the circulation system, causing various complications. How the disease progresses depends on the patient and how blood flow is affected. Surgeons routinely perform imaging scans of patients to help treatment decisions in people with aortic dissection, but these scans provide limited information about blood flow.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The symptoms are very similar to those of angina. You may feel a heaviness or tightness in your chest, which may spread to your arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach. You may also feel short of breath, sick, sweaty and light headed. If the artery becomes completely blocked you may have a heart attack – which puts you at risk of a cardiac arrest. If you have chest pain or any of the symptoms above call 999 immediately.
WHAT IS THE BHF DOING TO FIGHT THIS?
We are relentlessly working to expand our knowledge of heart disease, who it affects and why. This is why we are funding the UK’s first ever research project into AD. The results of this ground breaking project will aim to make it easier to find people affected by the condition and help them to live their lives despite their diagnosis. Supervised by mechanical engineer Dr Stavroula Balabani, a BHF funded PhD student is working on a three year research project studying aortic dissection.
A technique used in aerospace engineering called computational fluid dynamics, could provide more information, helping doctors tailor treatments to individual patients, decide when to intervene surgically and manage the disease better. But this technique needs to be thoroughly tested to ensure it provides an accurate picture of a person’s condition.
In this project, the student will develop reliable computational tools to understand aortic dissection and its progression and help doctors manage the disease. The researchers will combine measurements in the body, lab experiments and computer fluid-structure interaction studies to understand how blood flow changes in aortic dissections. The tool they develop will be used in patients to reveal how aortic dissection affects blood flow and ultimately their outlook.
Our cardiac nurses and heart health advisors are here to answer your questions about anything heart related. Call us on 0300 330 3311 Similar cost to 01 or 02 numbers. Lines are open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. This information does not replace the advice that your doctor or nurse may give you. If you are worried about your heart health in any way, contact your GP or local healthcare provider.
The British Heart Foundation are dedicated to life-saving cardiac research so that fewer of our loved ones are lost prematurely. Together we have already made amazing discoveries, but there is still progress to be made and this is not possible without the support of Islanders and the community through fundraising. If you would like to support the BHF Jersey Branch, please visit www.bhfJersey.com.