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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 Mobile Health Unit services. 

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

Thank you for your understanding.

The ‘silent killer’ that affects almost one million people in Ireland

High blood pressure or hypertension is the leading risk factor for stroke, heart attack and other serious heart conditions .

High blood pressure is predicted to affect more than 1.2 million people in Ireland by 2020 and often goes undetected as many of those who suffer from high blood pressure often feel fine,” warned, Marese Damery, Health Check Manager with the Irish Heart Foundation.

Research has shown that only half of people with high blood pressure are aware that they have the condition and we would advise all adults over the age of 30 to have their blood pressure checked at least once a year.

"Only half of people with high blood pressure know that they have the condition"

Marese Damery, Health Check Manager, the Irish Heart Foundation.

The Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit travels around the country offering free heart health checks to members of the public. During a heart health check our expert nurses will check your blood pressure and your pulse and provide heart health information and lifestyle advice.

A pulse check could help detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heartbeat which can lead to heart damage or a stroke however you would be advised by our nurses to see your GP for more tests before a diagnosis is made. The good news is that with early diagnosis, atrial fibrillation is treatable. We would encourage people to have a regular pulse check or to learn how to do this themselves.

Download the mobile health unit 1st years summary report which will show you the results of a survey conducted by the Institute of Education Carlow on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation.

This report found that men were more likely than women to have high blood pressure and that even when advised to visit a GP, men are less likely to act on that advice. We would really encourage people and especially men in particular to follow up on the recommendation to visit their GP if advised to do so.

A Big Thank You To Our Big-Hearted Sponsors And All Our Fundraisers

The Mobile Health Unit FREE national blood pressure check service has been made possible thanks to Pfizer Bristol-Myers Squibb our new sponsor, who are generously supporting 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 yearlong free parking for our Mobile Health Unit along with SPORTSCO who also assist with this.

 

Heart-health Resources

Your Heart Health Information– 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.

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association men’s health website Malehealth.ie