Healthy Farmers

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

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

Discover more here about our work with the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and how we have helped check over 2,800 farmers in the past few years.

FHH report summary


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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