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I’m Neslihan Arslan, a final-year student in the Child Development Program at Okan University. Eight years ago, I went to see a pediatrician. During my examination it was found that my heart was beating faster than normal. Since there was no pediatric cardiology department in the hospital where I went, I was admitted to the adult cardiology clinic. They decided to hospitalize me following my physical examination and echocardiography. However, they hadn’t told the diagnosis to me during this time. I knew that they informed my family, but I had no clue about my diagnosis.
Later on, I learned from my cousin that I had been diagnosed with heart failure. The doctor was explaining to them that I had only 20% of heart function and I had 1 or 2 months left to live. My family was crying. That’s how I heard the news.
Learn more about managing life with heart failure
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!