NHCS Heart To Heart Fund
Set up by the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), the NHCS Heart To Heart Fund is a health endowment fund that has three main purposes:
- Provide aid to financially needy heart patients in the payment of their medical treatment;
- Support programmes that will bring about improved patient outcomes, such as important research in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and the introduction of new treatment modalities, and;
- Sustain medical excellence through training future generations of healthcare professionals.
For most patients, heart disease is a lifelong condition that requires either medication or implanted devices, or a combination of both, to sustain their lives. For patients with advanced heart failure, for example, their heart condition has deteriorated a point where no amount of medication and surgical intervention can help, and their only chance for survival is a heart transplant.
Due to the scarcity of donor hearts in Singapore, however, many of these patients will need to be fitted with a mechanical heart assist device (an artificial heart) as a last resort. The device takes over the function of their severely ailing heart and allows patients to resume their normal lives while waiting for a heart transplant. Patients as young as 14 years old have been fitted with a mechanical heart assist device. The device costs about S$160,000 before subsidy, and financially needy patients will have to rely on your generosity and the NHCS Heart to Heart Fund for support.
Another group of patients who benefit from the Heart2Heart Fund are those at high risk of sudden cardiac death. These patients are susceptible to onsets of abnormally fast and chaotic heart rhythm that come without any warning signs. When this happens, the heart is unable to pump blood and oxygen to the rest of the body, which results in the brain being deprived of oxygen. The patient then loses consciousness and will die within minutes if he or she does not receive immediate medical treatment.
Fortunately, such tragedies can be prevented with Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs) that are designed to restore a heart’s normal rhythm with a small electric shock. The cost of an ICD ranges from S$7,000 onwards before subsidy, and your kind support for the NHCS Heart to Heart Fund will help save more patients from sudden cardiac death.
Research takes time and resources to bloom into meaningful discoveries that will one day become revolutionary treatments for heart disease. An estimated S$2 million is needed each year to drive our research efforts in cardiovascular medicine. NHCS’ research arm, the National Heart Research Institute Singapore, aims to shed light on how heart disease and their treatments work on Asian patients, as current research literature mainly focuses on Caucasian populations. One of the key areas our research scientists are working on is the study of inherited cardiac conditions that lead to heart failure and sudden cardiac death. The findings will help in the creation of better diagnostics and treatments for these heart conditions which tend to strike younger patients. These research breakthroughs will potentially save many young precious lives from dying from premature deaths.
You can support the NHCS Heart To Heart Fund in the following ways:
- A one-off or monthly donation. A donation may also be made to commemorate a special occasion, or in memory of a family member, friend or corporation. Physical facilities can be named in honour of the person or corporation.
- A bequest of a specific property (real estate) or donating a portion of your estate. Please contact us for more information on this (contact details below).
You may also make an online donation to the NHCS Heart To Heart Fund or download and complete the donation form*.
All donations to the NHCS Heart To Heart Fund are managed by the SingHealth Foundation (UEN T02CC1576B) and Singapore tax residents will receive a tax deduction of 300 per cent of the value of their donation (for donations made from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015). Please click here for more information on the SingHealth Foundation.
For more information, please refer to our NHCS Heart To Heart Fund FAQ. You may also reach us at 67042384 or firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
*By providing the information set out in this form and submitting the same to NHCS, you confirm that you have read, understood and consented to the SingHealth Data Protection Policy, a copy of which is available here. Printed copies are also available on request.
Last updated: 3 August 2018