Security body scanners safe for patients cardiac devices

Body scanners used for security checks are safe for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators, according to late breaking research presented at ESC Congress 2018.

Across the globe more than four million patients with heart failure or cardiac arrhythmias rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to keep their hearts beating regularly. It has been unclear whether body scanners used for security checks at airports interfere with the function of cardiac devices.

Dr Carsten Lennerz, study author, of the German Heart Centre Munich, Technical University of Munich, and German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), said: “A multicentre survey of 800 patients with cardiac devices revealed that eight out of ten worry about the safety of security body scanners and would refuse the scan, preferring a manual check. (2) This takes more time and requires giving medical details to security staff.”

This study assessed the safety of full body scanners for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The scanners emit millimetre waves which bounce off the skin and create an image of the body and any concealed objects. These scanners were introduced in the mid-2000s and most airports with full body scanners now use millimetre wave imaging. They are also used in train stations and some public buildings for security screening.

The study included 300 patients with a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), or cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) device attending a routine check-up at the German Heart Centre Munich. Patients underwent a body scan mimicking the scans at airport security (figure). An electrocardiogram (ECG) was recorded during the scan to detect potential malfunctions of the cardiac device caused by electromagnetic interference.

Security body scanners safe for patients with cardiac devices

Dr Lennerz said: “We found no evidence of electromagnetic interference or device malfunction with the full body scanner we tested and can conclude that scanning is safe for patients with implanted cardiac devices. This may be because cardiac devices filter out high frequency signals such as millimetre waves, the waves hardly penetrate the body at all, and the scan time is very short (usually around 100 milliseconds).”

The premise of the study was that the electromagnetic fields generated by body scanners could be misinterpreted by cardiac devices as signals from the heart, causing a pacemaker to stop pacing or pace incorrectly, or a defibrillator to mistakenly deliver shock therapy. Electromagnetic interference could also alter the cardiac device’s programming, which is tailored to a specific patient, with unpredictable results. However, the research found no indication of electromagnetic interference or device malfunction.

Dr Lennerz noted that a strength of the study was that patients underwent a security body scan with the same electromagnetic fields used in real life, but in a controlled hospital environment.

He concluded: “The study suggests that millimetre wave body scanners pose no threat to patients with pacemakers, ICDs, and CRT devices and there is no need for specific protocols or restrictions on their use.”

Investigational Extravascular ICD System

Investigational Extravascular ICD System

Medtronic Begins Pilot Study of Investigational Extravascular ICD System


Chronic Study Evaluating New Extravascular ICD System Designed to Deliver Pacing and Defibrillation Therapy Via a Lead Placed Under the Sternum, Outside the Heart and Veins

Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today announced the start of a pilot study of its investigational Extravascular ICD Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (EV ICD) system, in which a lead is placed outside of the heart and veins to deliver lifesaving defibrillation and antitachycardia pacing therapy all in one system, with a device size similar to transvenous ICDs. The first patient implant was performed at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand, representing the first intended long-term patient use of the Medtronic EV ICD system. The EV ICD system is investigational and not approved for sale or distribution.

“The Medtronic EV ICD system has the potential to deliver the benefits of traditional ICDs while eliminating the risks that can occur when leads are implanted inside the veins and heart,” said Ian Crozier, M.D., Department of Cardiology, Christchurch Hospital, ChristHEART FAchurch, New Zealand, and principal investigator (PI) in the Medtronic Extravascular ICD Pilot Study. “We are incredibly pleased to contribute to this important research that will serve as a key step in establishing the safety and efficacy of this new approach.”

The pilot study will assess the Medtronic EV ICD system in 20 patients at four sites: Christchurch Hospital (Dr. Crozier); Austin Health in Heidelberg, Australia (PI: David O’Donnell, M.D.); MonashHeart in Clayton, Australia (PI: Emily Kotschet, M.D.); and The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia (PI: Haris Haqqani, M.D.). After implantation of the system, patients and their devices will be routinely checked to assess safety and device performance.

“As a global leader in ICD innovation, Medtronic is developing new approaches for delivering lifesaving ICD therapy,” said Mike Marinaro, vice president and general manager of the Cardiac Rhythm Management business, which is part of the Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division at Medtronic. “This pilot study is a significant step forward in our EV ICD clinical development program, as we aim to offer patients the therapies of a traditional transvenous ICD, but without leads implanted in the heart.”

The Medtronic EV ICD system is intended to provide the benefits of traditional transvenous ICDs including lifesaving defibrillation therapy, antitachycardia pacing to painlessly terminate arrhythmias, as well as post-shock pacing to protect from sudden cardiac death; and bradycardia pacing to address abnormally slow heart rates. It also is the same size (33 cc) and shape, and is expected to have similar longevity as traditional ICDs, but without any leads (thin wires) in the veins or heart. The investigational EV ICD device is implanted in the left mid-axillary region below the left armpit, and the newly designed lead is placed under the sternum (breastbone). New procedure tools guide the delivery of the system.

Medtronic research teams developed the EV ICD System and have completed multiple early research and acute feasibility studies using the system components, including the ASD1 (Acute Sensing and Defibrillation), SPACE2 (Substernal Pacing Acute Clinical Evaluation) and ASD23 studies.

In collaboration with leading clinicians, researchers and scientists worldwide, Medtronic offers the broadest range of innovative medical technology for the interventional and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias. Medtronic strives to offer products and services of the highest quality that deliver clinical and economic value to healthcare consumers and providers around the world.

About Medtronic
Medtronic plc (, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 86,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in more than 150 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic’s periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

Heart Failure Diagnosis #Hattie83

Heart Failure Diagnosis Delivery?

Heart Failure Diagnosis Hattie83

How you receive a heart failure diagnosis is important, and can shape how you go on to self care and your attitude of how you self manage your condition. Education and health literacy is a vital element. The general public’s awareness of heart failure is poor, so learning what heart failure is is often the first step, as well as being provided with the best tools at the right time to help you.

How do patients receive a heart failure diagnoses?

In our recent heart failure community poll we asked, Where were you when you were told you had heart failure?
The results were as follows:

  • In hospital face-to-face 84%
  • In a GP surgery from your GP 7%
  • By letter 6%
  • Over the telephone 3%

How would you prefer to learn you have heart failure?

Imagine that you are elderly, live alone, don’t know what heart failure is and received your heart failure diagnosis over the phone or by letter?

Would you know what this may mean for you and your future?

Who would you turn to?

How would you know the importance of self monitoring and management of your condition?

Would this keep you awake at night?


“Good Afternoon. My doctor called to tell me I have heart failure. Are you able to tell me what that is please?”


We recently had a call from Hattie. Hattie is eighty-three and lives alone. She had been called on the telephone that week by her doctor to tell her she had heart failure. Hattie didn’t know what heart failure was, and found our office number so she could ask us to explain more. We explained the condition, the positive effects of self care on quality of life, available NHS services and the multi-disciplinary team who would help her along the way. We told Hattie that almost one million people in the UK live with this condition, and that it does not mean your heart is about to stop. We told Hattie she was not alone, and that there are patients across the country who would be very happy to help with any questions she might have about her heart failure diagnosis and questions, day or night, in our positive heart failure patient support group.

Find out more about Heart Failure Diagnosis.

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Living With Heart Failure Infographic #HFpatientsTellUs

Our Heart Failure Community Share the Impact of Heart Failure, Their Self Care Priorities, How They Feel, and What They Want from Future Medical Therapy, with our New Living with Heart Failure Infographic.

We asked our heart failure community how they feel about heart failure, in a 5-minute poll, enabling insight and opening the door on their lives with the condition. We are delighted to share these results with you with our Living With Heart Failure infographic.


TLiving with Heart Failure Infographic full version pngo stay up to date and follow further information from our heart failure community, follow the hashtag #HFpatientsTellUs and ensure you follow us on Twitter.

Click here to download the Living with Heart Failure Infographic pdf.


“The age of medicines and clinical interventions being the only way of treating and managing a condition like heart failure is drawing to a close. But, before I get shot down in flames, I am not saying that what Doctors and Nurses do isn’t valuable, of course it is and should be at the centre of every person’s team who is managing their heart failure.


I would challenge that apart from patients popping pills and agreeing to procedures, do we really know how patients behave and react to having a long-term condition like heart failure? What is it really like to be living with heart failure? Do we know how they access knowledge and what is their propensity to take this on board and use it? Do they engage with the system and do they know about clinical trials?


This infographic looks at a cross-section of people managing their heart failure. So why do heart failure patients on the survey access digital resource so much, and why do people use Facebook groups?


Hopefully you’ll gain some insights into how to engage with patients in the heart failure community and how they may want to learn.” – Nick Hartshorne Evans. Founder and CEO of The Pumping Marvellous Foundation.

Getting Flu Vaccine Cuts Risk of Death by Half in People with Heart Failure

Flu Vaccine Cuts Risk of Death for Heart Failure

Getting Flu Vaccine Cuts Risk of Death by Half in People with Heart Failure

For people with heart failure, getting a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine in a given year was associated with a 50 percent drop in the risk of death during flu season and a 20 percent drop in the risk of death during the rest of the year, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session.

The study comes amid a flu season that has brought higher than normal rates of infection and death. It is the first study to examine the relationship between the flu vaccine and death or hospitalization in heart failure patients through meta-analysis, a research method in which the collected results of multiple studies are analyzed together.

Influenza and flu-related complications can cause death even in otherwise healthy people. Previous research has found the risk of flu-related death is elevated in people with heart failure, a condition in which the heart becomes too weak to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. About 6.5 million U.S. adults have heart failure.

“It is well known that influenza infection is associated with increased risk for mortality in heart failure patients,” said Hidekatsu Fukuta, MD, a cardiologist at Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Nagoya, Japan, and the study’s lead author. “Given the high mortality rate and the relatively low influenza vaccination rates in heart failure patients worldwide, our study supports a wider use of influenza vaccination in heart failure patients.”

Researchers analyzed six studies conducted in the U.S., Europe and Asia that together included data for more than 78,000 patients with heart failure. Five of the studies were observational (analyzing associations based on health records, for example) and one was a retrospective analysis of results from a clinical trial. The researchers found no randomized control trials designed specifically to investigate influenza vaccination in patients with heart failure.

Taken together, the studies showed that getting the flu vaccine reduced the risk of dying (from any cause) by about half during flu season and by about one-fifth during the rest of the year. Vaccination was also associated with a 22 percent reduction in the risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular problems.

In the studies, the proportion of heart failure patients receiving the flu vaccine ranged from 26 to 86 percent, reflecting wide variability in vaccination rates among these patients. Researchers suggested this variability may be due to limited guideline recommendations for influenza vaccination in heart failure patients. While the Heart Failure Society of America recommends annual influenza vaccination in all heart failure patients who do not have known contraindications, the ACC/AHA and European Society of Cardiology guidelines do not make such specific recommendations for heart failure patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot each year and encourages people with heart disease to stay current on immunizations and talk with their doctor.

The findings suggest influenza vaccination is beneficial for patients with heart failure, although researchers cautioned that while observational studies can show associations, they do not necessarily prove cause and effect.

“Randomized controlled studies should be planned to confirm our observed potential survival benefit of influenza vaccination in these patients,” Fukuta said.

People with heart failure are susceptible to influenza-related complications including the exacerbation of acute heart failure and secondary infections such as pneumonia.

Fukuta will present the study, “The Effect of Influenza Vaccination on Mortality and Hospitalization in Patients with Heart Failure: A Meta-analysis,” on Sunday, March 11 at 3:45 p.m. ET in Poster Hall A/B.

Twitter Disco is back for heart month

Twitter Disco is Back!

Twitter Disco is Back for Heart Month

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation are delighted and honored to host #TwitterDisco for Heart Month and we can’t wait for you to join us on the dancefloor. Let your hair down, enjoy yourself and take some time out to refresh, revive and replenish at our movie-themed spectacular. It’s time to get your groove on for FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES discoteers! 9 to 10 pm Feb 9th.

Make a date with us and share your movie floorbangers with the hashtags #twitterdisco and #fridaynightatthemovies. See you there!

#Twitterdisco isn’t a theory, idea or event. It is an experience

– Put on your best disco gear for heart month.
– Follow the hashtag #Twitterdisco and this month’s theme #FridayNightAtTheMovies.
– Listen along to Pumping Marvellous‘ (dj) setlist from 9 to 1opm and music from other discoteers.
– Tweet your youtube (or other video streaming site) movie soundtracks links along with a hello and the movie title they are from.

What Is Twitter Disco?

#TwitterDisco is a legendary monthly healthcare tweetchat to explore the benefits of music, looking at how it creates conversations and improves the wellbeing of participants. Since its conception, ‘Twitter Disco’ has grown to become a virtual health and social care disco that believes in ‘caring for those that care’, joining together once a month for a fresh opportunity to share music and make us all happy. There is no agenda…it is purely for enjoyment! A twitter community that supports, inspires and nurtures.
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Think 80s disco, glitter, sparkles and legwarmers and every other genre!

Twitterdisco is an ‘open’ team, which consists of ordinary citizens, sharing & connecting both online and offline. Some are doctors, nurses, carers, managers, volunteers, educators, community groups  and charities. Whilst all take their day jobs seriously, twitter disco is a light-hearted and fun way to meet with people from diverse backgrounds, is inclusive as anyone can join and spans all ages’ abilities & professions.

Read the top or latest tweets here > #twitterdisco

CATCH UP on Pumping Marvellous’ #TwitterDisco
#FridayNightAtTheMovies 09.02.2018

DJ Marvellous [Pumping Marvellous] had a  lot of fun hosting #TwitterDisco, and would like to thank everyone who joined us  and took part. We hope that you enjoyed it too. We shared, received, listened to and watched some incredible music from the movies for heart month, and still have bags more, so do keep your eyes peeled for #Twitterdisco, and its next hosts.
Big thanks for the opportunity. We have loved every minute. Thank you also goes to everyone who donated via Pumping Marvellous’ justgiving page.

Are you sitting comfortably?
Ready to put on your auditorium dancing shoes?
It’s almost time to join us for a #TWITTERDISCO Friday Night at the Movies for #HeartMonth!!


#TWITTERDISCO IS HERE! #DJMarvellous & the PM crew blast off with a stay-fresh chart topper from steamy American Gigilo by new wave pioneers @BlondieOfficial – No1 for #FridayNightAtTheMovies … Get your blockbusters ready to share for #heartmonth!


Track No2 of #TwitterDisco for #FridayNightAtTheMovies is Will Smith, black suits and funky aliens. Sing along, and do the dance in your sparkly disco shoes. Everything is better with a dash of Will Smith. *LOVE* #heartmonth


No disco or #FridayNightAtTheMovies would be complete without the beat of this disco classic to keep our hearts pumping at number 3. We’re staying alive. What’s your movie soundtrack?


Let’s take a #twitterdisco trip back to the eighties for the 1st of our 3 #80s movie classics with @simplemindscom’ epic track from the #Breakfastclub – a #mustsee for every teenage heart. #heartmonth #FridayNightAtTheMovies


At No5 of #TwitterDisco #FridayNightAtTheMovies is the legendary Sausage King of #Chicago himself, #FerrisBueller, twisting and shouting for his adoring parade fans, with the help of the #FabFour. (Don’t forget our #MarvellousThree) #classic80s


Carrying on with another 80s classic #FridayNightAtTheMovies, Jake & Elwood need YOU, YOU, YOU for #TwitterDisco! Everybody needs somebody to love. Especially for #heartmonth. Which track do you need?

#heartfailure #bluesbrothers

7. THE WOO HOO SONG (UHU UHUHU SONG) – THE 5, 6, 7, 8’s – KILL BILL [View Tweet]

#DJMarvellous lifts the tempo with a bit of Woo Hoo at no.7 with a perfect #TwitterDisco number from a film that featured an iconic, bright yellow #catsuit. #FridayNightAtTheMovies #heartmonth #heartfailure. #KillBill



First spin of the #Twitterdisco decks for #DJMarvellous and animated movie lovers. We like to move it move it. How about you? Move your body for #heartmonth #FridayNightAtTheMovies. #Madagascar


We hope you’re all feeling like #happy #discoteers? Get ready to bounce around to this top tune from @Pharrell to lift our spirits this #heartmonth. #heartfailure #FridayNightAtTheMovies #Twitterdisco #motivation @DespicableMe

What’s your feel-good film?


At number 10, here comes the #twitterdisco #electrospective. Electronica was a wonderful gift for #generationx and us cinema-goers. Did you have #ElectricDreams? #heartmonth #FridayNightAtTheMovies


Track 11: Whatever your goal, One Way or Another, you can’t go far wrong with a bit of #TwitterDisco and @BlondieOfficial attitude, denim and a smile for #heartmonth. #BeMarvellous @BlondieOfficial

From the movie #MeanGirls #FridayNightAtTheMovies


Once a touchstone movie for its generation – and now a cult classic – Easy Rider captured imaginations across the world welcoming a new era of independent filmmaking #FridayNightAtTheMovies. Not an easy dance in legwarmers at #Twitterdisco 😊


Another chance to sashay over to your fellow #Twitterdisco dancers, with ‘You Sexy Thing’ by Hot Chocolate on the disco decks, as featured in the Full Monty soundtrack. #FridayNightAtTheMovies What are your tunes for #heartmonth?


Grab the nearest beating heart – a good one if you can – it’s time for the last slow dance of our #Twitterdisco night setlist. We’d like to thank you all for joining in and sharing your #FridayNightAtTheMovies favourites for #heartmonth.



Remember you know where we are. You’ve got a friend in #Twitterdisco. This final final #FridayNightAtTheMovies tune is for everyone managing their #heartfailure, where peer-to-peer support is so very important for #heartmonth. Slow down for smooch with us.


Remember to subscribe to PMTV on YouTube, the heart failure community channel for the latest news on Parallel Hearts – the groundbreaking HF awareness project, and much more.

2017 Most Read Heart Failure Information

Top 5: 2017 Most Read

As 2017 draws to a close, browse Pumping Marvellous’ Top 5 2017 most read pages and downloads:

  • Heart Failure Toolkits Download
    Pumping Marvellous’ series of Heart Failure Toolkits which help patients and carers self manage their condition better. Written by patients for patients.
  • Medications for Heart Failure
    When you have heart failure one of the cornerstones to support proper functioning of your heart is medication. There are many different medications for heart failure. They are generally broken into Beta Blockers, ACE inhibitors, ARNI’s, ARB’s and diuretics
  • What is Heart Failure?
    What is heart failure? It does not mean your heart is about to stop. Heart failure, is an unfortunate phrase which describes a set of conditions. The Pumping Marvellous Foundation like to call heart failure “heart inefficiency” or just HF. However you describe it it means that your heart is not working properly. Although heart failure is caused by many different conditions the reality is that they all affect your hearts ability to pump nutrient rich oxygenated blood around the body.
  • Newly Diagnosed with Heart Failure
    Being newly diagnosed with heart failure is a traumatic event. Getting to grips with being newly diagnosed heart failure starts with acceptance.
  • Mood Of the Nation
    With the many challenges that people with heart failure, their carers and families face, we believe that creating a big conversation through our live surveys will help influence change to enable people manage their heart failure better and improve access to the best treatments and care. If you are a patient or carer living with heart failure come and tell us how you are feeling today.

We Wish You a Pumping Marvellous Christmas

We Wish You a Pumping Marvellous Christmas and a New Year Filled with Ho Ho HOPE

Pumping Marvellous Christmas from all the team at The Pumping Marvellous Foundation.

Pumping Marvellous DIGITAL Christmas Card 2017 Green


Remember to join our 12 Marvellous Days Of Christmas on YouTube [PMTVliveHF] for  a Pumping Marvellous Christmas, of fun celebrity impersonations and a self care tip each day to help you manage your heart failure this Christmas. Ho Ho HOPE.

Paul Heesom, Warrington Businessman, Awarded Pumping Marvellous Fundraiser of the Year 2017

Paul Heesom, Warrington Businessman, Awarded Fundraiser of the Year 2017

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation, the UK’s Heart Failure Charity Recognise the Impact of One Man’s Contribution to People Living with Heart Failure

Paul Heesom, Warrington Businessman, Awarded Fundraiser of the Year 2017

Warrington, Cheshire, Thursday 7th December 2017 – The Management Team from The Pumping Marvellous Foundation paid a surprise visit to Paul Heesom’s Gents Hair Salon on Mersey Street, Warrington, to present him with their highly coveted ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ award for 2017.  The UK’s Heart Failure Charity wanted to recognise the huge contribution Paul has made to the UK’s heart failure community during 2017 with this personal gesture.

Between 9th and 16th September 2017, Paul braved the crocodile-infested waters of the mighty Zambezi River in aid of people living with heart failure across the UK.  The week-long epic adventure pushed Paul to his limits kayaking and rafting gigantic grade 5 raging white water rapids and circumnavigating pods of hippos and crocodiles on his 200-mile trip down Africa’s fourth longest river.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience was Paul’s way of giving something back to a charity which gave support to his family following the loss of his father, Roy, in January 2016.

“Losing Dad to heart failure was a devastating blow to my family and myself.  The Pumping Marvellous website and literature helped Mum and the family try and understand why he had been taken from us at a relatively young age.  Sharing thoughts with others helped immensely.  Giving something back to Pumping Marvellous as a way of a thank you was something I felt I wanted to do and in doing so, raising awareness of heart failure.”

Indeed, Paul has not been the only member of his family to support Pumping Marvellous during 2017.  His Mum, Ann, along with her friend, Kathy, held an additional fundraising social event with their Best Western Line Dancers group in May.

“What a hoot we had!  It was a fabulous night.  We were blown away by people’s generosity and they really bought into Pumping Marvellous.”

In fact, Paul’s selflessness and truly inspiring nature was also recognised at The Warrington Guardian Inspiration Awards in November.

Nick Hartshorne-Evans, Founder and CEO of The Pumping Marvellous Foundation, the UK’s Heart Failure Charity said:

“Paul’s fundraising endeavours have enabled us to supply NHS teams across the North West of England with vital patient information.  His sterling efforts will ensure that patients are supported on their journey with this life-changing condition.  It was a huge honour to meet Paul in person and he is a true Pumping Marvellous Super Hero.”

If you would like to support Paul and The Pumping Marvellous Foundation, you can still donate by visiting


Ends – For more information please contact The Pumping Marvellous Foundation +44 (0) 1772 796542 or +44 (0) 7854 407050


Notes for Editors

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation (PMF) is the UK’s patient led Heart Failure charity. It was founded by a heart failure patient whose experiences whilst rehabilitating have shaped the Foundation’s goals and principles of a patient-centric charity focused on improved patient outcomes.


Heart Failure affects 900,000 people in the UK –


Heart failure is debilitating and outcomes are poor: 5 year survival rate is worse than breast or prostate cancer –


30-40% of those diagnosed with heart failure die within the first year –


Heart failure is a major cost to the NHS. It is a leading cause of hospital admission in over 65s –


Paul Heesom Pumping Marvellous Fundraiser of the Year
Paul Heesom Ann Heesom and the Pumping Marvellous Foundation, Warrington
Roy Award Recipient Cardiologist Dr Lisa Anderson

Marvellous Awards 2018 Tooting Cardiologist Wins Roy Award

Heart Failure Health Care Professional recognised for marvellous quality of care by the UK’s Heart Failure charity. The Pumping Marvellous Foundation awards “THE ROY AWARD” for outstanding contribution to Heart Failure services.

Dr Lisa Anderson Heart Failure Cardiologist based at St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust, Tooting – Wins National Roy Award

Preston, Lancashire, December 2017 – . Sponsored by The Pumping Marvellous Foundation, the Roy Award is the charity’s CEO’s discretionary award to an individual who he feels has shown outstanding contribution and excellence in heart failure care. This award reflects the direct impact this person has had on their local community whilst, producing the highest standards of care for their patients.

Dr Lisa Anderson, Consultant Cardiologist, who works at St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust, has been awarded The Roy Award. CEO and Founder Nick Hartshorne-Evans has commended Dr Anderson for her outstanding focus and services to heart failure.

The Roy Award is a special yearly award presented to Healthcare Professionals who deliver excellence. The award is in memory of Roy Heesom who died of heart failure in 2016 and his family’s subsequent work to raise the awareness of heart failure along with their fundraising efforts and achievements.

As the representative of the UK Heart Failure patients’ voice, The Pumping Marvellous Foundation emphasises the importance of the patient perspective in recognising and rewarding Health Care Professionals.

“I am delighted to award Dr Lisa Anderson on her outstanding contribution to heart failure services at St Georges Hospital. Every time I meet Lisa, she is full of passion and drive to ensure her patients and families of those patients get the very best service she can deliver with her team. This is a fantastic achievement and Lisa should be proud of herself as we are very proud to award this special award to her this year”, explains Nick Hartshorne Evans, Founder and CEO of The Pumping Marvellous Foundation.

Awards are currently being received by Health Care Professionals this week alongside a personalised commendation letter explaining the reasons behind their selection.

“Congratulations to all the winners. We recognise that there are so many fantastic Health Care Professionals out there and to all those who haven’t won, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your amazing work,” says Angela Graves, Clinical Lead of The Pumping Marvellous Foundation.


Ends – For more information please contact The Pumping Marvellous Foundation +44 (0) 1772 796542 or +44 (0) 7854 407050,


Notes for Editors

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation (PMF) is the UK’s patient led Heart Failure charity. It was founded by a heart failure patient whose experiences whilst rehabilitating have shaped the Foundation’s goals and principles of a patient-centric charity focused on improved patient outcomes.


Heart Failure affects 900,000 people in the UK –


Heart failure is debilitating and outcomes are poor: 5 year survival rate is worse than breast or prostate cancer –


30-40% of those diagnosed with heart failure die within the first year –


Heart failure is a major cost to the NHS. It is a leading cause of hospital admission in over 65s –