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Heartbeat Epworth Inc is a support group for cardiac care at Epworth. It was established in 1984 by a group of ex-cardiac patients and their families who wanted to give something back in gratitude for “A Second Chance” and the treatment they received. Heartbeat is an incorporated association and a registered charity that is managed by an elected committee. Heartbeat performs two important functions: 1. Support for patients and their families during their cardiac experience Conversation with an ex-cardiac patient often brings a better understanding of the experience ahead and helps alleviate doubts and fears that are common during cardiac treatment. Some of our ex-cardiac patients volunteer to meet with patients or family members who may ‘just want to talk’ to someone who really understands the emotional rollercoaster they are on. 2. Fundraising to support cardiac care at Epworth to stay at the forefront of world’s best practice in treatment and care of patients As a not-for-profit private healthcare group, Epworth relies on the generosity of the community to enable it to stay at the forefront of world’s best practice in treatment and care. All funds raised by Heartbeat are used solely to support Epworth’s mission to provide world’s best practice in cardiac care.