Irish Heart now has an expanded Helpline service and new Freephone number 1800 25 25 50 to support the many thousands of people affected by heart disease and stroke in Ireland each year.
Calls to the National Heart & Stroke Helpline will now be completely free of charge, with longer daily opening hours, late Thursday evening openings, and plans underway to develop an online helpline service later this year.
The Helpline is staffed by trained specialist nurses, so callers can be assured of expert one-to-one advice and support in full confidence, and absolutely free of charge. Heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death and disability in Ireland, with 27 lives lost and almost 300 new cases diagnosed daily.
The expansion has been made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Life Pharmacy, which has nominated Irish Heart as its Charity of the Year 2016.
Our new Helpline service and email:
Our new FREE Helpline number is 1800 25 25 50
One-to-one advice and support with trained specialist nurses
Extended daily opening hours, operating 9am to 5pm
Late Thursday openings until 7pm
Plus a new dedicated direct access email firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline Nurse Manager Patricia Hall said: “It’s important to emphasise that, in the event of an emergency, an ambulance should be called. But for everything else, Irish Heart’s National Heart & Stroke Helpline is here for you.”
Studies have shown that almost two-thirds of middle aged and older adults have two of the big three risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
“These risks include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Almost all 94%, have at least one risk factor. The good news is 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable. So, if you’re worried about stroke or heart health, don’t delay. Call our Helpline free of charge on 1800 25 25 50.”