The Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit has carried out 30,000 free heart health checks in communities across the country since its launch in 2016.
Through the free heart health check, locals can receive a blood pressure check, pulse check, lifestyle advice and heart health information in their community. High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and heart attack and is a silent killer that almost 64% of people aged 50 and over in Ireland have.
With corporate sponsorship, the Mobile Health Unit can continue to raise awareness of and identify risks of heart disease and stroke in local communities and groups.
In July 2019, the Irish Heart Foundation and Pfizer Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a new partnership which will see Pfizer Bristol-Myers Squibb sponsor the Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit for six months as part of their efforts to help people live healthier lives.
Dr. Declan O’Callaghan, Medical Director, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland, said: “Pfizer is delighted to support the Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit as it embarks upon its next journey across Ireland. Thousands of people in every country have benefitted from the services of the Mobile Health Unit in the last couple of years. Many people may be unaware of their risk factors for cardiovascular disease and we would therefore encourage people to avail of this free service and efficient service.”
The Mobile Health Unit has two professional consultation rooms where people can avail of free, non-invasive heart health checks. Nurses provide lifestyle advice and information on the next steps including managing blood pressure and following up with a GP if necessary. We reach people in different community settings such as community and family resource centres, Men’s Shed groups, traveller groups, shopping centres, town squares, Community First Responder groups, farmers in marts and others.
If you are a company looking for an opportunity to work or partner with the Irish Heart Foundation, please contact Emma Hennessy in our corporate team by email or call 01 6685001.