Heartlink West

Call: 091 544310

Monday – Friday

9am – 5:30pm

Heartlink West is Croí’s FREE helpline for those living with, or affected by, heart disease and stroke. When you call Heartlink West, you will be connected with one of our cardiac nurse specialists or join a virtual health chat.

Call the Croí Health Team if you have concerns relating to:

  • Concerned about COVID-19?
  • Afraid to visit your doctor, nurse or hospital?
  • Recently had a procedure or just discharged from hospital?
  • Had an appointment or procedure cancelled or postponed?
  • Generally concerned about your heart health?

Please be aware that Croí resources are intended solely for individuals seeking general information and advice and are not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor. We are fully compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018) to strengthen data protection for all within the EU. Should you chose to submit personal and sensitive information, this information is protected by a secure system both online and offline.

Heartlink West Virtual Chat

The Heartlink West Virtual Chat will take place every Thursday, over Zoom, at 11am. For more information and to access the chat, email healthteam@croi.ie.

See below for upcoming schedule:

Heartlink West Virtual Chat Schedule

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Croí Connects

Croí Connects is an online series, where Croí will connect with medical experts for a questions and answers session to help answer your questions on heart disease, stroke, COVID-19 and lots more.

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Stroke:

Have you or a loved one survived a stroke? Join Croí’s Stroke Support Groups online each month.

  • The Croí Galway Stroke Support Group meets virtually via Zoom on the second Thursday of every month at 2:00pm.
  • The Croí Mayo Stroke Support Group meets virtually via Zoom on the last Thursday of every month at 11.30am.

If you want to join and have not used Zoom before, Croí can help. Call us on 091 544310 or email healthteam@croi.ie to receive meeting details and technical support.

Risk factors you can change:

Risk Factors you cannot change:

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An initiative by Croí, endorsed by Cardiology Services, HSE Saolta University Healthcare Group.

To date, this initiative has been made possible thanks to the very generous support of the following:

Call: 091 544310

Or email: healthteam@croi.ie

Discover The Beauty Of Ireland’s West Coast With Croí’s Couch To Wild Atlantic Way!

Join Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, this St. Patrick’s Day on a virtual mission and discover Ireland’s stunning West Coast with Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way. Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of life by running, walking or jogging part of this spectacular coastal route over the next six weeks on this virtual mission. Your progress will be tracked through an interactive map, where people can sponsor you along your way.

“We launched this event last year to give people an exciting virtual mission in support of Croí, while adhering to the guidelines. Our interactive Wild Atlantic Way map connects people with the beautiful west coast, even from their local 5km,” says Croí’s Fundraising Director, Christine Flanagan.

Demand for Croí services has increased throughout the pandemic, with Croí responding to the needs of those living with heart disease and stroke with a range of new services, including a free telephone helpline, Heartlink West; virtual stroke support groups; virtual fitness classes; and online webinars and health chats.

“We hope you will join us on this virtual mission. Your support is vital to Croí– every euro raised will help the fight against heart disease and stroke,” says Flanagan.

Registration is just €15, and all registrants receive an eco-friendly Couch to Wild Atlantic Way medal, PLUS participants who raise over €50 will receive a Wild Atlantic Way t-shirt!

Register now at www.croi.ie/waw. Let’s fight heart disease and stroke together, one step at a time.

Make a healthier pancake this Shrove Tuesday!

Heart Healthy Pancakes!

This Tuesday, the frying pans won’t know what hit them with all the pancakes that will be made! Although a popular and tasty treat, pancakes and the toppings that come with them are often high in sugar and saturated fats.

This year, why not opt for the healthy choice and try Croí’s heart healthy pancakes, featuring soaked oats and banana. These delicious pancakes are full of heart-friendly ingredients, with the same great taste as traditional pancakes – the kids won’t even know the difference. Croí’s Lead Dietitian has also suggested some healthy toppings that just taste like more! Check out the ingredient list here and follow along with the video above for the method:

Ingredients: 

  • 150g soaked porridge oats
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 large, free-range eggs
  • 100ml skimmed milk
  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil

Suggested toppings:

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower & Pumpkin seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Low-fat yogurt

Learn about the ingredients in the pancakes and the benefits they have for you!

Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

Just because we can’t eat out this Valentine’s Day, does not mean we can’t make it special at home! Our Croí Dietitian, Aisling, has gathered some quick, delicious and heart healthy recipes for you to try on Valentine’s Day, next Sunday, February 14th!

Starter:

Begin your meal with a simple bruschetta. Easy to prepare but packed with flavour. Tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onion and basil are staple foods in the heart healthy, Mediterranean diet. Onion and garlic are known as ‘prebiotics’ and they promote healthy gut bacteria. Try this simple Tomato Bruschetta Recipe.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not try this Lemony Prawn Bruschetta?

Main Course:

Oily fish, such as salmon, are a great source of the heart healthy, fatty acids, so, what could be better to have as a main course on Valentine’s Day! Give this Sautéed Salmon with Citrus Salsa a try!

If you’re looking to spice things up this Valentine’s Day, why not try these Tomato and Chilli Mussels. Mussels are a good source of protein, fatty acids and contain a range of vitamins and minerals.

With the recent cold snap, if you’re looking for something more heart warming, try a Chicken Madras. The mix of herbs and spices, combined with a tomato base, makes this a very tasty and low saturated fat meal to warm you up!

If your idea of Valentine’s Day involves spending the minimal amount of time in the kitchen, then why not try this Spanish Style Chicken Stew. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare, and 25 minutes to simmer. How you spend that time is up to you…

Dessert:

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, so why not go all out with these mouth-watering Chocolate Molten Cakes? Dark chocolate has been shown to have some health benefits and is lower in fat and sugar than milk chocolate.

For something a bit lighter, try these mini Dark Chocolate and Blackberry Pavlovas. Or, keep things simple with the classic, some Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Bring the restaurant experience to the comfort of your own home with these delicious dishes! Put on some nice clothes (or your pyjamas and slippers, if that’s what you prefer), light some candles, and tuck in and enjoy your lockdown Valentine’s dinner date!