The purpose of the “Heartwarming Initiative” that introduced by the Hong Kong Asia Heart Centre is to improve the heart health of the general public. We strongly believe that by cherishing and caring for the people around us, heart disease can be prevented or detected earlier and thus more lives can be saved. The initiative is divided into four parts, namely, Hospital’s Surgeries, Rehabilitation Support, Entering the Community, and Heart Examination, to care about the heart health of the general public in different perspectives.
Since February 2020, in response to the pandemic of coronavirus, public hospitals have suspended non-emergency surgical services. In order to alleviate the queuing problem of the cardiology department of public hospitals, the Hong Kong Asian Heart Center and Canossa Hospital jointly launched the “Heartwarming Initiative ” package for patients who are waiting for the coronary artery stenting operation in the HA with a special price.
The feedbacks have been very positive since the launch of campaign; more than 1000 patients enrolled into the campaign and finished coronary artery stenting. Therefore, Hong Kong Asia Heart Centre and Canossa Hospital are continuing the campaign to allow more patients to control their budgets precisely before hospital admission.
Rehabilitation support section includes free provision of the latest medical and health information, and various health promotion activities to make the public better understand the importance of having a healthy heart. The set-up of Heartwarming Club is to let more people, especially the patients and survivors of heart diseases, as well as their relatives and friends to learn more about heart health. Members will have opportunities to exchange health knowledge with healthcare professionals directly. Medical staff will also contact survivors from time to time to check on their health conditions, provide follow-up and support when necessary.