Irish Heart Foundation Mobile Health Unit
The Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit is coming to Carlow on Friday, February 1 at the Fairgreen Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm.
Nurses will be on hand to offer locals free blood pressure checks, heart health information and lifestyle advice in professional consultation rooms.
The leading cause of stroke and heart attack, high blood pressure is a silent killer. Almost two thirds (64%) of people over 50 in Ireland have high blood pressure – that’s almost 800,000 people.
Once identified, high blood pressure is manageable through lifestyle changes and possibly medication, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
The Irish Heart Foundation is urging people in Carlow and nearby to avail of the quick and non-invasive free blood pressure check and to pop into the Mobile Health Unit on its visit to the Dolmen County.
With over 22,000 free blood pressure checks completed by the Mobile Health Unit in its first two years, the Irish Heart Foundation is planning to carry out more than 10,000 further free checks in the coming year.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Marese Damery, Health Check Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation said: "While most people have heard of high blood pressure, many still don’t understand the importance of having it checked.
"As the leading cause of heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure is a symptomless killer but once identified it is very manageable. A blood pressure check is a simple, quick and non-invasive test that could prove life-saving.
"Our nurses will be on hand to check blood pressure and provide lifestyle advice. 80% of premature cardiovascular disease is caused by lifestyle factors such as smoking, an unhealthy diet, a lack of physical activity, and harmful alcohol use.
"These behaviours also contribute to high blood pressure but by making positive lifestyle changes, people can reduce their risk of high blood pressure and improve their overall cardiovascular health."