MyHeartMatters

Helping you take control of your heart health

Welcome to MyHeartMatters

MyHeartMatters is a cardiovascular screening programme designed to help you take control of your heart health.

DCU recognise the need for a proactive health and wellbeing initiative and is delighted to launch MyHeartMatters. The programme is funded by the DCU Income Protection Plan.

Eligible members will be invited to avail of this initiative throughout February 2024.

Your MyHeartMatters Guide

For more information, frequently asked questions, and how to prepare for your assessment, please read your MyHeartMatters guide.

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Helping you take control of your heart health

27%*, of deaths in Ireland are caused by diseases of the circulatory system. However, 80%** of cardiovascular diseases could be prevented if detected early.

Who is eligible for MyHeartMatters?

All members of the DCU Income Protection Plan.

About the programme

This February, members will be invited to book a 25 minutes assessment in one of 2 clinics on selected campus sites.

- Bea Orpen Building, Glasnevin Campus and

- Belvedere House, St. Patrick’s Campus

This cardiovascular screening programme covers all traditional risk factors identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) associated with cardiovascular disease such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • High cholesterol
  • Overweight & obesity
  • Low fruit & veg intake and physical inactivity.

Book your spot early to avoid disappointment. Spaces are limited, must be booked in advance, and operate on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information on the programme please read the guide here.

What does the assessment involve?

The assessment will be performed in two stages by a Doctor and a Nurse/Cardiac Physiologist and will include:

  • A questionnaire
  • A physical exam
  • A pinprick blood test
  • An Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An ECG is a simple test that can be used to check your heart's rhythm and electrical activity. Following the exam, results are reviewed by a consultant cardiologist and your confidential results are provided within two weeks.

For a more detailed list of what is included in the assessment, please read the MyHeartMatters guide here.

Your results

Within 10 working days after attending the MyHeartMatters clinic, you will receive a notification to view your report online. The report will provide information on each test taken, recommendations and your result. It uses a simple colour coded flag system of green, amber, and red to help you navigate and understand your results.

You can share your report with your own personal GP. Your GP is best placed to put your results into action, recommend any further testing if required, and steer you towards a healthier future.

How to book an Assessment

This is your opportunity to take a proactive approach to your heart health. Knowing your numbers, including blood pressure, cholesterol levels and heart rate, can provide valuable insights into your cardiovascular wellbeing and identify potential risks or issues.

The opportunity to book a MyHeartMatters assessment will open on the 14th February 2024 and close on the 16th March 2024.

Eligible members will receive an invitation by post to book an assessment in February.

Steps to booking Assessment

  1. Click 'Book an appointment' at the top of this page
  2. In the 'Book an appointment' section, enter your clinic booking code
  3. Create an account on the booking platform. You will receive an email to activate your account
  4. Select the campus, date, and time that suits you best and enter your details
  5. Complete the two online questionnaires
  6. Review and confirm your booking. You will receive an email to confirm your booking
  7. Attend the MyHeartMatters clinic on the date and at the time you have selected
  8. Log back in to review your Report within 10 working days.

Will eligible members have to pay for anything?

The cost of the assessment and report is fully covered by the programme.

Further additional healthcare requirements such as referral, investigations, surgery, treatments, medication etc. No parking/travel/meal/accommodation expenses etc. are covered as a part of this programme.

MyHeartMatters Customer Support

For booking support contact myheartmatters@ameds.ie

If you are a member of the DCU Income Protection Plan and you did not receive an invitation, please contact wellness@cornmarket.ie

*Source: CSO.ie 2022, based on 9,652 deaths related to Diseases of the circulatory system in 2022.

**Source: World Heart Federation, 2023.

Important: MyHeartMatters aims to promote better heart health by providing information on the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

The assessment only reflects a point in time. In addition, no test or examination will pick up every heart condition. Therefore, if you have signs and/or symptoms that are concerning for your heart, now or in the future, please consult with your own GP without delay.

This programme is brought to members by Cornmarket and DCU on behalf of the Plan underwriter and DCU and is not a regulated financial product. The booking website and health assessments are managed by Advanced Medical Services.

The DCU Income Protection Plan is underwritten by Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC.

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland Designated Activity Company, a private company limited by shares,trading as Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland and Friends First, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.