Charity of the Week – Irish Heart Foundation

The Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke, funded 92% by public donations. Their vision is that every person living in Ireland will live a long, active and healthy life free from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease. Their mission is to lead in improving the cardiovascular health of people living in Ireland so they do not experience disability or die from preventable heart, stroke and other blood vessel diseases.

Did you know?

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in Ireland. More people die from heart disease and stroke than any other cause of death but the Irish Heart Foundation says many of these deaths can be prevented. Every day in Ireland 27 lives are lost to the disease and almost 300 new cases are diagnosed daily in this country.
By eliminating risk factors such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity and smoking, the Irish Heart Foundation says 80 percent of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.

Each year approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and other circulatory diseases.

History
The Irish Heart Foundation was established in 1966.
Achievements:
*Coronary care units in all hospitals 1966-1975
*Public awareness and education programme
*’Action for Life’ programme in schools
*’Sli na Slainte’ 220 locations – now adopted in many countries
* Advocacy – smoking ban 2004
*National patient helpline 2006
*National stroke audit 2008
*The introduction of an internationally recognised CPR training pr

If you wish to support the Irish Heart Foundation for the Evening Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon please contact Anne Riordan at ariordan@irishheart.ie

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