HEARTLINK is a local charity providing advice and support to people living with heart conditions, especially those undergoing or recovering from hospital treatment who live in Southall, Greenford, Hanwell, Ealing and across West London.
Clinical staff provide the necessary medical support, but don’t have personal experience of living with a heart condition and the physical and mental challenges that can bring. Many of Heartlink’s members live with heart conditions themselves so know what you are going through.
We have a dynamic social network, an education programme and a support structure that is a lifeline for heart patients and their families. We help people who are lonely and isolated and advise patients about care.
We also work in the wider community and with key health partners to promote services and facilities for all heart patients in the borough of Ealing.
The key elements of our work programme are detailed below.
We are a registered charity with strong links to the British Heart Foundation. Our base is Ealing Hospital and our Trustees include cardiologists and other senior staff from the Hospital. We were formed at Ealing Hospital in 1994 by Professor Kooner, who is our President.
For 2022/23 were honoured to be the chosen Charity for Ealing’s Mayor Cllr Midha.
We provide everything from a good heart-to-heart to practical advice and support. We meet on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm in the Post Graduate Lecture Room, Level Three, Ealing Hospital. We run a monthly support Hub for our members in a community hall on the Southall/Greenford border close to the Hospital. Full details of our wide range of activities and meetings are in the Events section HERE
For more information about our events, or details of our weekly walks or activities please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on:
0300 102 4575
These statistics are based on official surveys and data sources.
London Borough of Ealing:
Around 32,000 people are living with heart and circulatory diseases in Ealing.
Around 11,000 people are living with coronary heart disease in Ealing.
Around 2900 people have been diagnosed with heart failure by their GP in Ealing.
Around 58,000 people in Ealing have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Around 34,000 adults have been diagnosed with diabetes in Ealing.
20% of adults in Ealing have obesity.
33% of adults in Ealing do not meet physical activity recommendations.
Around 10% of adults in Ealing smoke.
Heart and circulatory diseases are the cause of nearly one in four deaths in Ealing.
Heart and circulatory diseases cause 45 deaths each month in Ealing.
Every 16 hours, someone dies from heart or circulatory disease in Ealing.
There are around 5000 stroke survivors in Ealing.
Around 5300 people have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in Ealing.
Around 3500 people have a faulty gene that can cause an inherited heart related condition in Ealing.
Around 30 babies a year are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect in Ealing.
There are around 4200 out of hospital cardiac arrests each year in London.
Only one in 11 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in London.
Our members are hundreds of local heart patients, their families and carers. We run an extensive and varied programme of education and social activities, and keep in touch with members. As a registered charity we have a management committee and answer to our Trustees, amongst whom are cardiologists and nursing staff. We support Ealing Hospital Cardiology Department. For full details see the ACTIVITIES page and the ORGANISATION page.
We provide advice and support about heart problems to our members and to all local heart patients. We share our own experiences as patients and offer to be 'heart buddies' for those who need to talk to someone. The cardiologists and health staff we work with provide general advice on heart health matters. We also use our links to the British Heart Foundation and others for this. See details of our ADVICE and LINKS.
Our local community has a high incidence of heart and associated health problems. In addition to existing patients, we know there are many others with undiagnosed conditions, and many more who run a high risk of developing them. We campaign widely out in the community, where we can reach large numbers, to raise awareness and to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. For full details of our campaign and what is planned see the COMMUNITY HEALTH CAMPAIGN page.
Do you want to help your community? Your local community suffers from high levels of heart disease and includes many people who have not been diagnosed as yet.
Just an hour of volunteering work may help save a life.
How you can help us:
Call us for a chat or email us about what you could do if you are interested
- see our contact details by clicking HERE.
Watch this video to see a short introduction to Heartlink and Dr Harmandeep Singh, one of our Trustees, outline our role and campaigns.
The video was shot at the fundraising dinner for Heartlink organised by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Mohinder Midha and held at the Royal Nawaab in Ealing on 19th January 2023.