Mims Davies Supports British Heart Foundation

The Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, Mims Davies has supported the launch of new resources by the British Heart Foundation to keep constituents informed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronary heart disease was the most common pre-existing condition found among deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred in March, found in 14% of cases and therefore the resources, outlined below, will help patients and their families stay safe and be prepared.

  • Heart Helpline – expanded hours mean patients or their loved ones can speak directly with one of BHF's specialist nurses about any queries or concerns any day of the week;
  • Coronavirus and you information hub – the latest information and guidance on coronavirus, from its impact on people with heart and circulatory diseases to coping with the loss of a loved one during lockdown;
  • HealthUnlocked – an online community where people can connect and support each other and speak to others who have had similar experiences.

Commenting, the Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, Mims Davies said:

“Covid-19 has caused a lot of stress for all of us, particularly those with underlying health conditions. I encourage constituents with questions to contact British Heart Foundation. Specialist nurses staff their helplines and they have an online support hub too.

“Attendance to A&E for people with suspected heart attacks has dropped by 50% since the start of march and 71% of cardiologists believe people are afraid to visit hospital during the Covid-19 crisis due to fear of being exposed to the virus. A&E services are there for all of us if we need them and I know our hard working NHS staff are making sure those with suspected Covid-19 are treated separately from other patients.

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Notes to Editors:

The BHF is also directing its’ research efforts to fight the virus directly. Including:

  • Supporting  researchers, many of whom are doctors and cardiologists, to return to the NHS frontline to fight Covid-19 directly or ensure heart patients continue to receive the care they need;
  • Enabling research facilities and infrastructure to be used for vital work such as testing for the virus – a key strategy in moving out of lockdown; and
  • Launching a new initiative to identify and support flagship research projects that will help better understand why people with heart and circulatory conditions are at greater risk of Covid-19 and how this can be addressed.