Croí thanks Night Run participants for their incredible support!

The 7th Annual Croí Night Run, in aid of Croí, the heart and stroke charity, took place virtually on Friday, October 8, with a record number of participants running and walking a 5km in their local area.

“Over 2,800 people joined us this year from every county in Ireland and internationally from dozens of countries including Australia, USA, Brazil, the UK and more! We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for this event. It’s one of our favourite events of the year and we love seeing all of our Croí friends out running and walking in support of people living with heart disease,” says Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Director of Fundraising.

With thanks to Croí’s new Night Run sponsor Irish Life Health and media partner, iRadio, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to supporting Croí services. This includes supporting our health and support programmes including Heartlink West (our free community phone line) and the Croí Courtyard Apartments, free to families in need while their loved ones receive heart or stroke care.

Edel McDermott, spokesperson from Irish Life Health commented, “It was fantastic to see so many people participate in this year’s event. A huge thank you to the 1,700 people who joined our MyLife challenge and tracked their run. Thanks to their efforts, we are delighted to announce that together with MyLife, Irish Life Health are donating a further €5,000 to Croí.”

Save the date for next year, Friday October 7, 2022! For more information on Croí, please visit www.croi.ie.

Fingers on the Pulse for Stroke Awareness

In recognition of World Stroke Day, Croí, the heart and stroke charity, will host a special free webinar on Thursday, October 28th from 7-8pm using Zoom. Register now at www.croi.ie/webinar, or call Croí on 091-544310.

The webinar will focus on stroke prevention and how you can reduce your risk of having a stroke. Leading risk factors for stroke include atrial fibrillation (a common heart rhythm disorder). Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is an age-related condition associated with almost one in three strokes in Ireland. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and other factors.

“Knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing a stroke. Our panel of experts will share their insights on how you can reduce your risk and be stroke aware,” says Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí Head of Health Programmes.

Expert speakers on the evening include Prof Rónán Collins, Geriatrician & Stroke Physician, Clinical Lead of the Irish National Stroke Programme; Prof Briain McNeill, Consultant Cardiologist; Trish Galvin, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Stroke Care; Declan Fahy, Stroke Survivor; and Edward Cherry, a patient who received ablation treatment for atrial fibrillation.

Annually, approximately 7,000 people in Ireland suffer a stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is suddenly interrupted or cut off. As a result, the brain is deprived of necessary oxygen and nutrients, leaving it damaged. A stroke is like a brain attack and it can affect people of all ages, but is more common as we age. Register now and submit your questions for the experts at www.croi.ie/webinar, or call Croí on 091-544310. Don’t miss this special event – know how to lower your risk of stroke and how to recognise the signs and symptoms.

Don’t forget, Croí’s Heartlink West free telephone support line can answer your stroke-related questions – available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5:30pm, on 091-544310, or by emailing healthteam@croi.ie.

This webinar is supported by Get Smart About AFib (getsmartaboutafib.net).

Marie Dunican Is Managing To Live Well With Heart Failure

Let’s focus on living, because even with heart failure, you can still be you. Don’t let heart failure stop you. #HeartFailureAwareness

Like us all, Marie Dunican has had memorable birthdays. However, her most recent one proved to be more memorable than most, but for all the wrong reasons as she was diagnosed with heart failure. Despite this setback, Marie is determined to get her life back, get back to work and start living a normal life once again.

“I was diagnosed for my 54th birthday! I was often tired however I put that down to my job, but on the day it happened, I knew I wasn’t right. I wasn’t feeling great at 10pm that night and I said, ‘I need to go to hospital.’ I knew myself I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t climb the stairs, I got really sick and my lungs were full of fluid.”

Once admitted to hospital, Marie was diagnosed and treated for heart failure. With this diagnosis, Marie was able to start adjusting her lifestyle to better manage her condition. She monitors her symptoms on a daily basis to ensure that her condition is kept in check. “I weigh myself every day and I know by my weight if it goes up in a short space of time that the fluid is building up in my lungs and I need to contact the doctor immediately.”

A hiker by nature, Marie tries to get out and exercise regularly, particularly since her diagnosis. “I would be good for climbing hills. I would be fit and I get on the bike as often as I can.” Once she was discharged from hospital, Marie contacted Croí for some support and advice on how she should manage and live with her condition.

“I was really stressed the day I rang Croí. I rang for advice and to see how I can manage this. When I spoke to the nurse in Croí, she reassured me that help is available and gave me the support and information I needed.”

Heart failure can affect different people in different ways. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people are at risk of heart failure and it is the most frequent cause of hospitalisation in people over the age of 65.

Heart Failure Awareness week runs from Oct 4th – 10th. For more information, click here.

Joyce’s Supermarkets partners with Croí to raise awareness about heart disease

This partnership aims to raise awareness and funds for Croí’s Heartlink West helpline.

Joyce’s Supermarkets is delighted to be teaming up with Croí, a registered charity dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, in support of its work in the West of Ireland. The partnership and instore fundraiser kicked off on World Heart Day on the 29th September and will be running until World Stroke Day on the 29th October. Customers will be able to donate directly via bucket donations at till points.

In addition to this, information posters containing key information about Croí’s dedicated heart and stroke helpline, Heartlink West, will be displayed in ten Joyce’s stores across Co.Galway, which will also include a QR code for customers to donate online.

Croí’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing. In 2020, the charity launched Heartlink West, a free support service for people living with, or affected by, heart disease and stroke. The service was launched following an increase in support requests as a result of the pandemic.

Through Heartlink West, the Croí Health Team offer weekly virtual chats on a range of topics with expert presenters. The public can also call the free support line for one to one advice with a cardiac nurse specialist. The Croí team is available Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:30pm by phone on 091 544310 or email healthteam@croi.ie.

Aisling Joyce, Director of Operations for Joyce’s Supermarkets, said: “Joyce’s Supermarkets is proud to partner with Croí for the coming weeks to support their work and to raise awareness amongst our customer base of the Heartlink West online service, a vital service for people in the West of Ireland. Over the coming weeks, our customers will be able to support Croí by donating in store and to learn more about its work in the region through our digital platforms.”

Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising for Croí, said: “Throughout the pandemic, our Heartlink West support service has been a lifeline for people living with, or affected by, heart disease or stoke in the West of Ireland. We are so grateful to Joyces’s Supermarkets and Joyce’s customers for their fundraising support as it helps Croí to continue to provide these vital services for free.”

There are many different heart conditions or heart problems in today’s world that collectively fall under heart disease. 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, with nearly 6 million dying and another 5 million left permanently disabled. Stroke is the second leading cause of death in people above the age of 60, and the fifth leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 59 years old.

Learn more about Croí’s Heartlink West service here.

Pictured are Joyce's employees: Rory Hennelly; Cian Duane; Barbara Toher; and Floor Manager, Margaret Keady

Niall Nugent is getting back to living after heart failure diagnosis

Let’s focus on living, because even with heart failure, you can still be you. Don’t let heart failure stop you. #HeartFailureAwareness

In September 2020, Niall Nugent’s life changed dramatically. Without any warning signs, he suffered a “widow-maker” heart attack, which had huge consequences for him and his family. Due to damage to the heart muscle following the heart attack, Niall was later diagnosed with heart failure.

Niall, aged 49, is determined to manage his condition and get back to living a normal live. “After my diagnosis, I told myself I would do whatever it takes not to be in this position again.” He has transformed his lifestyle with significant changes to his diet and exercise routine. “I have got back on the bike… I wouldn’t have cycled for over 30 years and now I am cycling on a regular basis. I am also going to learn how to swim. I am doing more exercise now than I ever did before.”

Heart failure is a serious chronic condition but there are lots of things that you can do to help manage your condition, including adjusting your lifestyle, medical treatments and self-management.

Niall has experienced the benefits of Croí since he joined the Croí MySláinte Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme in 2020. The programme gave him the information, support and advice needed to return to everyday life after his cardiac event.

“From the very start, Croí has been a life-saver for me. They have helped me to learn how to live with this condition and everything I learned from them was a huge benefit. The resources and information they gave me will support me for the rest of my life.”

Heart Failure Awareness week runs from Oct 4th – 10th. For more information, click here.