Each year, approximately 10,000 Irish people have a stroke and around 2,000 die – more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer combined.
We are trying to change this through our awareness campaigns, policy solutions, stroke recovery support and support groups.
An estimated 60,000 people are living in the community with disabilities as a result of a stroke, though the likely figure is higher. This makes stroke the third biggest cause of death in Ireland and the biggest cause of acquired disability.
The Irish Heart Foundation is dedicated to reducing the rate of death and severe disability from stroke and we regularly lobby the government in relation to this aim