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In 2007, doctors told Blanka that she had heart failure. She had no idea what it meant for her health. And what did it mean for the future? When the doctor explained it to me, I was really scared.
Blanka feels like a lot has changed. She can’t cook or clean as well as she used to. She also has trouble tending to her garden. But she has the strong support of her family. With their help, Blanka stays active.
I think that we still have a good social life. I enjoy going shopping with my daughter, window-shopping, traveling. But the major part of my social life, what I enjoy the most, is my grandchildren. I have 5 grandchildren aged between 3 and 15. All little devils! [But] they help me a lot. They’re very caring.
Blanka also gets help from her husband with day-to-day activities. She smiles about marriage being “for better or worse.”
Blanka hopes to live a long life. She wants to see her grandchildren get married. For everything her family does for her, she is thankful. I want to thank my family for their support and help—I give a special thank you.
Raising Heart Failure Awareness in Florence
We headed to Florence with our stunning LED heart to raise awareness of heart failure and collect your donated heartbeats. See highlights from the event by watching the video below.
Raising Heart Failure Awareness in Dublin
On European heart failure awareness day in May 2016, Keep It Pumping dropped into a shopping center in Dublin to raise awareness of heart failure. See how the day went by watching the video below.
Keep It Pumping supports American Heart Association walks
Keep It Pumping participated in 6 awareness walks in 2015. See how we provided heart-healthy education materials to all those involved.
Don’t fail your heart
Join us on a video journey about heart failure.
Putting our print on Italy
Keep It Pumping joined a special event in Rome, Italy. We teamed up with local artists to create a fun and innovative symbol of awareness. You can see pictures of the event on the Keep It Pumping Facebook page and watch a video of the event below.
Toy-brick heart stop: Basel
Novartis continued the toy-brick heart project at its campus in Basel for European Heart Failure Awareness Day. The heart sculpture took shape, brick by brick, all for heart failure awareness. Watch the video to learn more!