Croi Night at the movies Network Galway

Network Galway’s Exclusive screening of Bridget Jones’s Diary for Croi Heart and Stroke Charity

Are you a Bridget Jones’s fan? Network Galway have the ideal night out lined up for us all!

An exclusive viewing of Bridget Jones’s Baby with pre movie drinks and nibbles at The g Hotel Galway and movie at Eye Cinema Galway. Tickets are selling fast so get in there early.

Oh! And wear a splash of red to support Croi!

What do you do to keep your heart healthy?

This World Heart Day, we want everyone to understand what they can do to fuel their hearts and power their lives. Your heart is at the heart of your health. And it’s easy to give it the care it deserves.

Just a few simple steps such as eating more healthily, cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking can improve your heart health and your overall well-being.

Croi are asking you to send us your heart healthy pictures. It can be an activity picture, walking the dog, climbing a mountain or weeding in the garden, sports groups, colleagues, groups of friends no age limit doing what they do to keep themselves fit and healthy. It could simply be picture of your breakfast of porridge and blueberries, your lunchtime salad, or your glass of water!

Send your pictures via social media using the hashtag #HeartHealth #WorldHeartDay.

Twitter @croicharity

Facebook: Croi Heart and Stroke or


The best picture as voted by our health team wins a fitbit! Its that easy – a bit like looking after your heart health!!

Free Patient Education Event for Adults Living with an ICD

Free Patient Education Event for Adults Living with an ICD

About 4,000 people in Ireland have Implantable Cardiovertor Defibrillators (ICD’s). These devicesare used to treat abnormal heart rhythms which are a leading cause of preventable sudden death.

Croí, the West of Ireland Heart and Stroke Charity, and the Department of Cardiology at Galway University Hospital are running a special information event for the 2nd year running called ‘Living More Confidently With Your ICD’ on Saturday, 3rd September 2016 at 10am.

This information morning will include presentations and questions & answers sessions from Dr Pat Nash (Consultant Cardiologist, Galway University Hospital), Paul Nolan (Leading ICD Cardiac Physiologist, Galway University Hospital) and Denise Dunne (Specialist Cardiac Physiotherapist, Croí) and promises to be highly informative for anyone with an ICD themselves and their family and friends who would like to know more.

Announcing details of the event, Croí Director of Programmes and Prevention Nurse Specialist, Irene Gibson said “A shock from an ICD can be lifesaving, but it can also affect a person’s quality of life and psychological state. You can live more confidently with an ICD by understanding more about the conditions that led to implantation, the device itself and what to expect after implantation which is why this important educational event provides an excellent opportunity to listen to and interact with leading experts in this area. It is certainly guaranteed to be interesting, useful and practical for all in attendance”.

This is the 2nd year that this event is being held at the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre as a result of last year’s hugely successful event with a full house of almost 200 people in attendance.

Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is supported by an educational grant from Boston Scientific.

New Ways to Improved Health & Fitness with Croi

New Ways to Improved Health & Fitness with Croi

Croí’s Specialist Cardiac Physiotherapist, Denise Dunne says: “These new initiatives are proving very popular with people post stroke and those with conditions such as COPD and Heart Failure and we have capacity to cater for many more people who are interested in joining us.”

Being physically active prevents and helps control a multitude of health problems, especially, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity but often it is difficult for people with physical limitations to engage in meaningful fitness programmes. The Croi Chair Yoga and Active Hour provide a locally accessible opportunity for anyone looking to commence a safe and beneficial exercise and flexibility programme supervised by professional trainers and exercise specialists.

The six-week rolling programmes are specially designed to suit all levels of fitness and abilities. These programmes, led by an expert cardiac physiotherapist and yoga trainer provide many benefits:

  • Slow, controlled movement: The chair is used in both chair yoga and active hour as a prop enabling you to move in your own capacity.
  • Learn skills to relax the mind
  • Improve your breathing
  • Relax the nervous and digestive system
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve strength, balance, flexibility and stability in the body
  • Assist with falls prevention
  • Keeps joints mobile

“These exciting new initiatives facilitate all ability levels so that everyone can make health gains from participation in these programmes. Classes are open to everyone and we will gladly assist you in choosing which programme is right for you so that you have the opportunity to engage in a meaningful health and wellbeing programme to assist lifestyle change or whatever your individual fitness goal may be” says Dunne.

Croi ‘Chair Yoga’ and the Croi ‘Active Hour’ take place in the Croi Heart and Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway on a weekly basis.

For further information or to book a place on either of these programmes call Croí now on 091 544310

Nuts and Heart Health

Nuts and Heart Health

A recent review of the scientific evidence reveals theintake of almond nuts are associated with significant reductions in cholesterol levels. The authors of the review recommend the consumption of nuts, such as almonds, should be part of a healthy diet in order to help in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels and to reduce the risk of heart disease. Nuts are a good source of protein, fibre, good fats, along with containing several important vitamins and minerals.

In response to this review, the Croí Cardiac Dietitians recommend a handful of mixed nuts or seeds as a healthy nutritious snack. As nuts and seeds are high in good fats, they recommend limiting these to no more than one small handful per day and to avoid the salted or sweetened versions of nuts.

Healthier choices are:

  • almonds
  • hazelnuts
  • peanuts
  • pecans
  • pistachios
  • walnuts

Nuts have:

  • protein
  • fiber
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • antioxidants

Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit & Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are one of the most important food groups for your heart and overall health. They are a source of fibre as well as vitamins and antioxidants. Aim to have a minimum of five servings of fruit and vegetables per day!

One serving of fruit and vegetables includes:

  • 1 medium sized fruit e.g. apple, orange.
  • 2 small fruits e.g. plum, kiwi
  • 1 bowl of salad – lettuce, tomato, cucumber
  • 4 dessert spoons of cooked vegetables – fresh or frozen

What about Fruit Juice?

All fruit and vegetables contain natural sugars. However, the fibre in the fruit or vegetable slows the release of the sugar into your blood stream. The main difference between whole fruit and fruit juice is the fibre content, when fruit is pressed or squeezed to make juice some nutrients and most notably fibre is lost. A small glass (100mls) of unsweetened fruit juice can provide one portion of your recommended Five-a-Day. However, if you drink more than a small glass it will still only account for one portion of your Five-a-Day!

Be Cautious: Small fruits (e.g. grapes), fruit juices and smoothies have little or no fibre; therefore the sugar is released into the blood stream more rapidly and elevates blood sugar levels more quickly than whole fruit.

*Remember*The biggest problem with fruit juice is the high sugar content and lack of fibre!

Interested in reading more in relation to fruit juices? Read Fruit juice: Friend or Foe?

Heart Failure Toolkit

Heart Failure Toolkit

Booklet one describes many of the common symptoms of heart failure. These include sudden weight gain, shortness of breath, cough, swollen ankles, loss of appetite and tiredness. This booklet will help you to manage your symptoms and understand your heart medication.

There are lots of things you can do to manage your symptoms. This toolkit explains how healthy lifestyle choices can help you feel better and lead a fuller life.

Heart Failure Toolkit

What about Cheese?

What about Cheese?

Cheese is high in fat, particularly saturated fat, and can contribute significantly to the amount of calories in a meal, even if just grated on top. When you are watching your weight or trying to lower your blood cholesterol or blood pressure you need to be careful of how much cheese you are eating. It is recommended that you eat less than two matchstick box size of cheese (approx. 30g) per week. Even better still try to avoid!

Alcohol and you!

Alcohol and our Health

There are a lot of myths about alcohol and our health. Whilst very tiny amounts of alcohol may be beneficial, drinking over the recommended levels is definitely harmful. Too much alcohol will raise your blood pressure, increase your blood sugar readings and increase your weight. Alcohol is also very high in calories. One standard drink has the same amount of calories as a small bar of chocolate!

What are the safe limits?

Alcohol is measured in units. The recommended upper limits are 17 units a week for men and 11 units a week for women. You should spread your alcohol intake over the week, aiming for at least two alcohol free days!

1 standard drink is:

  • One half pint of beer, stout or lager
  • A small glass of wine
  • One Irish pub measure of spirits

Note: One bottle of wine contains approx. 10 units of alcohol!

1 Pint
210 calories

1 Pint
160 calories

1 Pint
200 calories

1 pub measure
50 calories

1 small glass (100mls)
80-100 calories

Fish cakes – perfect for lunch or dinner.

Fish Cakes


225g/8oz white fish cooked in skimmed milk

225g/8oz cold cooked potato

5ml/1 tspn parsley, chopped

Lemon juice


Mixed herbs


Poach the fish in skimmed milk seasoned with mixed herbs.

Flake the fish, mash the potato and mix together. Season to taste.

Divide into 8 portions. Shape into flat cakes with a little flour.

Grill until golden brown, turning once. Serve with baby potatoes and fresh in season salad.

Alternatively, you can use tinned tuna or salmon, drained and flaked, in place of the poached fish.