Farmers Have Hearts

Hundreds of thousands of people around the country live with the effects of heart disease and stroke. Thanks to the support of our colleagues in cardiac and stroke care around the country, many are in good health. Still, however, some may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch the coronavirus.

Our mission is to protect their health and wellbeing, and so we have decided to suspend a number of our community services and programmes. We will review this decision in line with advice from the HSE and work to re-start these services as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we will continue to focus our efforts on providing information, advice and support to people living with heart disease and stroke to help them stay safe. We’re also encouraging healthier members of the public to follow public hygiene guidelines. Because right now we all have to do our part to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the most vulnerable people in our society.

For now, we are temporarily suspending our Farmers Have Hearts programme.

For further information – please email our Health Check Manager, Marese Damery

Thank you for your understanding.

Our ‘Farmers Have Hearts’ programme, supported by the HSE, provides FREE one-to-one health checks in marts across the country.

For many farmers, making time to go to the doctor is one of those things that is too often pushed down the list because of so many other pulls on their time. That is why the Irish Heart Foundation nurses come to you!

Why do I – or someone I know – need a health check?

Nearly 80% of farmers who have attended our ‘Farmers Have Hearts’ health checks at local marts were identified with risk factors for heart disease and stroke; and were advised to see their family doctor. Many of these farmers hadn’t visited their family doctor in years.

What is involved in a health check?

At your local mart, under the ‘Farmers Have Hearts’ programme, the Irish Heart nurses will measure:

The key benefits:

If you’d like to book at a Farmer’s Have Hearts Health Check – please telephone 01 6685001 or email Health Check Manager, Marese Damery  on

Keep an eye on our schedule and avail of your FREE health test.

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Farmers Have hearts Cardiovascular health Programme

A major study of farmers’ health published on the 18 June 2020 showed farmers in Ireland are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study involved the National Centre for Men’s Health (NCMH) at IT Carlow, The Irish Heart Foundation, Teagasc, Glanbia Ireland, the HSE and UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences that saw 868 male farmers undergo health checks in marts and Glanbia Ireland Agribusiness branches across the south, east and midlands.

Farmer Have Hearts evaluation report

View our summary or Evaluation Report on our ‘Farmers Have Hearts’ health checks for more about the purpose, methodology, main findings and recommendations.


Useful Resources for Farmers Health


Ways To Live Life Better – view our range of articles to help you to reduce your risk factors on topics such as smoking to being active, blood pressure, healthy eating and more.

Heart & Stroke Conditions Explained A to Z – take a moment to read our articles that cover the symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the most common heart conditions.

A Man’s Guide To Heart Health – view our insightful and at times entertaining guide to heart health and the battle between your mind and your heart. In short, always listen to your heart and call 999 immediately if you have any unusual symptoms whatsoever.

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