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.
BHF Jersey were delighted to team up with Keith Berry and Mike Strong from Jersey Heart Support Group to raise awareness of the rare but life-threatening condition of Aortic Dissection on it's International Awareness Day 2016.
To help Islanders better understand the condition and what to look out for, the team set up on King Street St Helier with information to share and a passion to explain why "today is a goof day".
Where to get help
Cardiac nurses and heart health advisors from the British Heart Foundation can answer questions about anything heart related.They are available 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.
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.
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.
"It's so life and death, it's overlooked by some - I won't say the majority - by some GP's and A&E people, because there are other things it could be. A lot of people go in and they're treated for cardiac arrest, heart attack, other problems, and it is, like me, the aorta that's going." – KEITH BERRY