A new survey has found that two in five Irish people have high blood pressure with men especially ‘feeling the pressure’.
Over the past twelve months, Irish Heart’s Mobile Health Unit has tested more than 11,000 people in 26 counties across Ireland in the past year.
Marese Damery, Health Check Manager with Irish Heart, says men are more likely to suffer high blood pressure than women and they are less likely to follow-up with a doctor.
The results were released as RTÉ Sport presenter Marty Morrissey had his blood pressure checked to encourage more men to avail of the free community service which is supported by Bank of Ireland and Medtronic.
The Mobile Unit at Dolphin House drew people in to get health checks.Read More From Dolphin House
It reassured the Men's Shed members and encouraged more visits to the doctor.Read More From Men's Shed
Warm and friendly Irish Heart staff ensured a continuous flow of people.Read More From Carnew Day Care Centre
The Mobile Unit got people to look at their lifestyles and make positive changes.Read More From Newbridge Family Resource Centre
Clondalkin Health House felt that the experience was really positive.Read More From Clondalkin Health House
The community of Kiltegan felt relaxed in the friendly environment.Read More From The Hub
Mobile Health Unit Timetable
8th Aug Tues 11 am – 3 pm
The Pavilions, Swords, Co Dublin
9th Aug Wed 10 am – 6 pm
The Park Carrickmines, Dublin 18
14th Aug Mon 10 am-5 pm
Ballymun Plaza, Dublin 9
15th Aug Tues 10 am – 5 pm
Clarehall Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Dublin 17
16th Aug Wed 9 am – 1 pm
ACE Enterprise Centre, Bawnogue, Dublin 22
17th Aug Thurs 10 am-6 pm
Bray Promenade, Co Wicklow
18th Aug Fri 10 am-6 pm
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre (Blue Entrance), Dublin 15
21st Aug Mon 1 pm – 6 pm
St Pauls car park (near Tonys bistro), Donegal Town, Co Donegal
22nd Aug Tues 10 am – 5 pm
Supervalu Ballybofey, Co Donegal
23rd Aug Wed 10 am – 5 pm
Supervalu Buncrana, Co Donegal
24th Aug Thurs 10 am – 4 pm
Falcarragh, Co Donegal
25th Aug Fri 9 am – 1 pm
Supervalu Dungloe, Co Donegal
A blood pressure check is a simple quick and non-invasive test that can truly be life-saving.
High blood pressure is a major cause of stroke and heart attack it is one of the most widespread risk factors in the population. High blood pressure, so long as it is identified, is very manageable; thereby reducing your risk.
The launch of the Mobile Health Unit has been made possible thanks to the staff of Bank of Ireland, who are generously undertaking a range of employee-led fundraising initiatives to support the operation of the Mobile Health Unit.
Corporate partner Medtronic also supported this initiative by providing the initial purchase cost of the vehicle.
Thank you to ‘Best Car Park’ for providing year long free parking for our Mobile Health Unit.
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