Thursday, 16 June 2016

DAY 16: The Heart, Cardiac Involvement, Scleroderma Awareness Month 2016, Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease


DAY 16: The Heart / Cardiac Involvement,
Scleroderma Awareness Month 2016. Raynaud’s, Autoimmune Rare Disease 



DAY 16  Scleroderma Awareness Month: THE HEART 

Scleroderma can affect all body parts, including the heart. This can be seen in the limited forms and the diffuse forms – see  Day 1  Scleroderma Awareness Month Campaign 2016. 

As can be seen in the above image, scleroderma can affect the heart in many different ways. An early diagnosis and diagnostic tests can be crucial in preventing life threatening damage with irreversible heart involvement. 

Currently, there is no cure, with treatments targeting symptom suppression and blood pressure regulation, with transplantation, being a final option. 

Here in the UK, Hollie Owen recently underwent a heart transplant, aged 20, due to the damage caused to her heart by diffuse scleroderma. Hollie is making amazing progress with her new heart and has now returned home to convalesce. To follow Hollie’s story visit her facebook page ‘Hope for Hollie- Heart Transplant’ here

For more information on the UK Scleroderma Study Group cardiac management guidelines Click here and here



An edited version of this article was published here, in my Column with Scleroderma News. 
June 2016. 

To read my articles: 


Rare Disease Day 2018, Research - Taking Part in Clinical Trials, Click here   

March Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month 2018, Click here   

Global patient video, Click here      

If we only had more RESEARCH investment for Scleroderma, Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease, Click here   


Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017 Patient Profiles Campaign, Click here     
 
Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017 Patient Profiles Campaign Patient Index, Click here        
The Pandora’s Box of the rare autoimmune disease Scleroderma, Raynaud's and Cancer, Click here



Key Event Dates 2018, Click here     

Importance of an early diagnosis, Click here     

Taking Part in Clinical Research Trials, Click here    

The Importance of a Multi Disciplinary Medical ‘Dream Team’, Click here  

Expert Specialist Centres, Click here      

My Skin is Cured from Scleroderma, Click here      

UK Guidelines for Managing and Treating Scleroderma, Click here      

Fatigue, Click here      

Mobility, Click here       


Raynaud's, Click here    


World Scleroderma Day 29th June 2016, Click here

World Scleroderma Day 29th June 2017, Click here        



RARE DISEASE DAY:

The theme to this years Rare Disease Day is Research

Rare Disease Day 2018 – Research, Taking Part in Clinical Trials. Scleroderma, Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease, Click here     

2016 Rare Disease Day Patient Voice
2016 Rare Disease UK Parliamentary Reception 

2017 Rare Disease Day Flashback  

More unmet clinical needs  

Rare Disease Day 2016



Rare Disease Day is a fantastic opportunity for the entire rare disease community to shine a spotlight on their reality, combining as one unified voice. Where, at least one commonality presides –  
Medical Research provides the brightest light
for the illumination of the rare disease patients’ plight. 

I highlighted other areas of medical research interest within Week 3 of my Patient Profiles Campaign for Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017. 

VIDEO



Although rare disease patients are few in number, eg. 2.5 million scleroderma patients worldwide, (the World Scleroderma Foundation), the commonalities and golden hallmark for each rare disease patient are the same: 

Early Diagnosis
Expert Specialist Centres
Access to Innovative Medicines

Where MEDICAL RESEARCH investment is VITAL.

Research is the key. Abstracts from 2016 World Congress, Click here


Scleroderma Awareness Month Campaign 2016, Click here

View video, here

Preamble - here 



The Family Day at the Scleroderma Unit, The Royal Free Hospital is taking place on the 19th May 2018. Browse the program, here

This year, I am celebrating 20 years of being a patient at this world leading expert specialist research centre. 

Sept 2017


I am eternally grateful to the global scleroderma trail blazers Dame Prof Black and Prof Chris Denton, whose commitment and dedication to unlocking the scleroderma enigma, is nothing other than, superhuman.
I am truly humbled and inspired by their work ethic. I am wholly appreciative for Prof Denton’s continued medical expertise and support, especially during my barrister qualifying years, 1997 - 2004. 

1st March 2004, I qualified as a self employed practising barrister. Further to having been told in 1997, by my diagnosing doctor, that I was looking at a 15month prognosis. 

I very much hope to utilise my professional skills and qualifications along with my patient experience, to help achieve the #SclerodermaFreeWorld dream, hoping to improve understanding and best practice, in the meantime.
  
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Twitter: @SclerodermaRF  @RaynaudsRf  


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#Raynauds
#RareDisease  

Living the dream, scleroderma style.  


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#HOPE 


 

Last Update: April 2018




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