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Heartbeat Tasmania Inc.

Heart surgery support group

What we do

Heartbeat provides services such as reassurance and social activities for members and cardiac patients. All persons who have undergone open heart surgery, suffer from cardiac disease or are interested in the aims and objectives of the group, are eligible to join. Family and friends have an important role to play and therefore are most welcome to join Heartbeat.

By joining Heartbeat you too can help out patients along in their recovery, supporting them and their carers. Just being a part of our organisation will help towards our goals and aims.


Reassurance

It can be stressful (not only for the patient, but also for the family) when informed that surgery or a cardiac procedure is required, whether for valve replacement, bypass surgery, pacemaker, angiography (cardiac catheter), or angioplasty.

Many people have little knowledge of open heart surgery or cardiac procedures. Often there are fears and misconceptions concerning employment, finances and a general inability to adjust.

State of mind, both before and after, plays a large part in eventual recovery. Encouragement and reassurance from ex-patients can often help to ease this stress.

Members of Heartbeat recognise this need and the organisation has Reassurance Officers who are available to help alleviate fears and doubts.

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Social activities

After patients are discharged from hospital we endeavour to assist their return to a normal lifestyle, making the most of their 'Second Chance'.

Meetings and social functions including luncheons enable patients and carers to mix with others who have had similar experiences.

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Events

Ulverstone Heartbeat Market - On the second Saturday of the month, the Ulverstone Branch conducts the Ulverstone Heartbeat Market at The Quadrant, Ulverstone. It runs from 7.30 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.

Cost is $5 per site and all profits go to the Ulverstone Branch of Heartbeat Tasmania. If the weather is unsuitable, the market does not happen. For more information contact Maureen Stewart on 6437 2737.

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Ticker Topics

We publish our quarterly newsletter 'Ticker Topics' to inform members about current events. It also contains various reports and Branch news and you can download our latest edition here.

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