Living Well with Cardiovascular Disease – Managing Your High Blood Pressure

Register at www.croi.ie/webinar or call Croí on 091-544310

Are you, or a loved one, living with high blood pressure? Join Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, and leading experts for a webinar to learn how to manage your high blood pressure. The free webinar takes place online via Zoom on Thursday, April 28th from 7 – 8 pm.

Expert guest speakers on the night include Prof Andrew Murphy, GP and Professor of General Practice, NUI Galway; and Eoin Keating, Physiotherapist. The interactive panel discussion will address your questions on living with high blood pressure. This event is in recognition of World Hypertension Day on May 17th.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. It’s startling to know that Ireland has one of the highest rates of high blood pressure internationally, but among the lowest levels of diagnosis, treatment and control of the condition. Join us and connect with the experts at this free Croí webinar”, says Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes.

Register now and submit your questions at www.croi.ie/webinar, or call Croí on 091-544310. Don’t miss this special event!

Five Things You Should Know in Taking Control of Your Blood Pressure
  1. Be informed – High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, happens when the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high. Left untreated, it can significantly increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
  2. Get checked out – Known as a silent killer, high blood pressure usually has no symptoms. So, the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked out.
  3. Know your pressure – You should have your blood pressure checked at least once a year. The recommended target level for blood pressure is <140/90 mmHg, however, if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or have previously had a stroke, you may be prescribed a lower target.
  4. Minimise the risks – There are steps you can take to lower blood pressure, such as maintaining a healthy weight and becoming more physically active, stopping smoking, avoiding added salt, drinking alcohol in moderation, increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables, and learning ways to cope with stress.
  5. You can be treated – If lifestyle measures on their own are not effective in keeping your blood pressure under control, then you may need to take prescribed medications in addition. These are usually for the rest of your life.

Croí bedside support initiative for patients in UHG Heart Unit

Pictured from left outside University Hospital Galway (UHG): Katie McCormack, Clinical Nurse Manager, Coronary Care Unit, UHG; Sarah Molloy, Senior Staff Nurse, Coronary Care Unit, UHG; Annie Costelloe, Croí Patient and Community Engagement Manager; Dr Lisa Hynes, Croí Head of Health Programmes; and Maeve Frawley, Croí Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist and Heartlink West Nurse Lead.

Croí, the local heart and stroke charity, this week launched a special collaboration with the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) in University Hospital Galway as part of Croí’s Heartlink West support service for people living with cardiovascular disease.

Working with the team in the Heart Unit, Croí produced a series of special videos for patients who are receiving care in the Hospital CCU. Patients can now watch these informational videos on iPads donated by Croí, with videos covering a wide range of topics, including cardiac rehabilitation; diet and exercise post-cardiac event; the emotional impact of a cardiac event or procedure; as well as advice on smoking cessation.

“We’re delighted to provide this new educational video support for patients in the CCU. These videos give patients more information and advice on life post-cardiac event or their heart procedure, and we hope this service will be a support to the incredible medical and nursing team in the CCU, which is such a busy environment,” says Croí’s Head of Health Programme, Dr Lisa Hynes.

“The CCU team here in University Hospital Galway are thrilled to collaborate with Croí on this project. In facilitating these informational videos, Croí’s Heartlink West service is supporting not just the patients, but also the CCU team to deliver the very best care to our patients. The great thing about this project is that these patients and their families can also follow up with Croí’s HeartLink West nurse when they go home with any further questions or concerns they might have,” says Katie McCormack, CCU Clinical Nurse Manager.

Croí plans to expand this support service later this year to more coronary care units in the west of Ireland, with additional video content being developed in the coming months. Croí’s Heartlink West support service also offers a free telephone helpline, Monday to Friday from 9 am – 5:30 pm on 091-544310. Learn more about the work at Croí by visiting www.croi.ie.

Croí Corrib Charity Cycle returns on June 12th for the 28th year!

Pictured from left at the launch of the 28th Annual Croí Corrib Charity Cycle along the cycle route, in Finny, Co Mayo – Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Fundraising Director with Gerry Mullin, Corrib Oil, Stephen Hosty, Croí Head Volunteer and Bernard Dempsey, Corrib Oil.

Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is delighted to announce that registration is open for the 28th Annual Croí Corrib Charity Cycle, taking place on Sunday, June 12th, with the cycle starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Maam Cross. Register now at www.croi.ie/cycle and support Croí’s fight against heart disease and stroke – all funds raised will go directly to supporting Croí services for patients, with thanks to our primary sponsor, Corrib Oil, who have supported this event since the very first cycle in 1995.

Cyclists will have three scenic routes to choose from – 40km, 80km and a 110km option. All routes will start and finish within the grounds of Peacockes Hotel in Maam Cross. The 40km, suitable for beginners or a light cycle, will depart from Maam Cross, heading towards Leenane and turning back again towards Maam Cross. The 80km route will take cyclists from Maam Cross, towards Leenane, along Loch na Fooey, towards Finny, Clonbur, Cornamona and finishing back in Maam Cross. The difficult, advanced-level 110km route will take cyclists along a similar starting route before venturing to Toormakeady, Maumtrasna, Clonbur and returning to Maam Cross.

Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Fundraising Director, is delighted to be back in Maam Cross this year:We are delighted to return to our new route in Connemara this year following the success of last year’s cycle. We’re so grateful to the cyclists who return year after year to take part in aid of Croí – this cycle is synonymous with Croí and one of our longest-running events. All funds raised are vitally important to us to ensure that we can continue our work at Croí, leading the fight against heart disease and stroke in the West of Ireland.

The registration fee is €50, with cyclists to fundraise an additional €50 before the event. Roadside assistance, support vehicles, refreshment stops and post-cycle food will be provided on the day, with safety precautions uppermost in mind. All registered cyclists will receive a specially-designed Croí cycle jersey, water bottle and face covering, as well as being entered into a raffle to win a fantastic cycling equipment package to the value of €1,000 courtesy of West Side Cycles. Register now at www.croi.ie/cycle.

For more information on the work of Croí, visit www.croi.ie, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CroiHeartStroke.

2022 Croí Corrib Cycle FAQs

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Where do I collect my pack?

Cycle pack pickup will be available from:

All cycle packs will be available at Peacockes Mart on the morning of the cycle.  For those of you who would like to collect your cycle pack before the event you can collect in Croí at the times listed below.

  • Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway H91FF68  on Tuesday 7 June through Friday 10 June from 10am – 4pm

What is the Croí Corrib Cycle?

The 2022 Croí Corrib Cycle is a fundraising event for Croí that will take place on Sunday, June 12th, 2022. There are three routes on offer, 40km, 80km and 110km. All routes will start and finish at Peacockes Mart (H91 V520), adjacent to the Peacockes Hotel, in Maam Cross, Connemara, Galway. (Google Map)

How should I fundraise?

We encourage cyclists to use iDonate to fundraise for this cycle in aid of Croí. Once you register for the cycle, you will receive a confirmation email which will then allow you to create your iDonate profile. This is a fundraising event and we are so grateful for all the support which helps us to continue our vital work in communities throughout the region.

If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact lisa@croi.ie or contact us on 091 544310.

How much do I need to raise?

To confirm your place in the cycle, you must pay €50 registration fee and raise an additional €50 by June 10th.

When do I give my donation?

All donations and fundraising will be completed online, in advance of the cycle. There will be no money collected on the day.

What time does the event start?

The first group will leave Peacockes Mart (H91 V520), adjacent to the Peacockes Hotel, at 8 am. You will be emailed details of your start time in advance of the event. You will also receive your wristband via post in advance of the event. Please wear your wristband on the day to guarantee entrance to the start line and food stops along the way.  You can collect your jersey/water bottle at Croí the week before the event or at check-in before the cycle.

Routes start and finish at Peacockes Mart, adjacent to the Peacockes Hotel (H91 V520), Maam Cross, Connemara, Galway (Google Maps).

Please leave plenty of time to get to the event check-in as there will be a lot of traffic in the area.

Can I register on the day?

No. Due to a limit of 350 places, there will be no registration on the day. Registration for the event will close on June 10th.

Will there be bike repair on the routes?

Please ensure your bike is checked before departure. Pump your wheels and ensure you have spare tubes for your wheels. Bike mechanics will be available on the routes.

When do I get my jersey and water bottle?

Jerseys and water bottles can be collected at Croí House the week commencing June 6th or on the day of the cycle at Peacockes Mart (H91 V520), adjacent to the Peacockes Hotel. You will receive a Croí face covering and wristband via post in advance of the cycle.

Can I get a refund?

There will be no refunds as this is a charity event.

Where can I park my car?

There will be adequate parking in place at Peacockes Mart (H91 V520), adjacent to the Peacockes Hotel. Please allow extra time to park and register. It will be busy. Please do not park illegally.

Where do the routes go?

40KM Route

Cyclists will depart from Maam Cross, heading northwest towards Leenaun and turning back again towards Maam Cross. 40KM Google Map.

80KM Route

Cyclists will depart from Maam Cross, heading Northwest, towards Leenaun and turning right where you will cycle along Loch na Fooey, towards Finny. You will then continue onto Clonbur and turn back towards Cornamona (before Cong) and finish at Maam Cross. Click the link to see the route. 80KM Google Map.

110KM Route

Cyclists will depart from Maam Cross and head Northwest to Leenaun, then turning right and taking you over ‘Lally’s’. From there you will descend into Toormakeady, travelling down Maumtrasna (looking out on Lough Mask) towards Finny and cycling along Lough na Fooey. You will continue on to Clonbur and turn back towards Cornamona (before Cong) and finish at Maam Cross. Click the link to see the route. 110KM Google Map

Do rules of the road apply?

YES.  This is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.

  • Cycling on the route is maximum of two abreast.
  • The event is not a race and you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
  • Croí directional signs will be placed along the route and marshals will also be present. Please remember, marshals are only there to assist. You must check for oncoming traffic at all junctions.
  • All participants will be provided with an emergency contact number in the case of an emergency on the route. Please note, this is not a number for bike repairs.
  • Please ensure you have spare tubes in the event of a puncture and do not rely on the emergency number for help with changing punctures etc.
  • No earphones permitted.

What happens after the event?

There will be tea and coffee, as well as post-event burgers, provided by O’Reilly’s Bar and Kitchen, Salthill, available for all participants after the event. We encourage large groups of people not to congregate at the finish line. We ask all people to act responsibly and respect others’ personal space.

Are there showers at the finish line?

No showers are available.

Are there toilets on the routes?

There will be no additional toilets along the route.

What if I need first aid?

Irish Red Cross ambulances will be on all routes. Should you require assistance, please call the emergency number on your final confirmation email. In case of an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance and then call the emergency event number.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Yes, bring the following:

  • Helmet
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Puncture repair kit and spare tubes
  • Mobile phone with credit
  • Snacks
  • Sun cream
  • Rain jacket
  • Emergency money and ID

Are the routes well sign-posted?

Yes, there will be Croí directional signage on all routes, including marshals to support you. Remember rules of the road apply.

Is the jersey unisex?

Yes, and typically the jerseys are tight-fitting.

Anything else?

Yes, please respect the volunteers, marshals and medics on the route, they are there for your safety. Please bring your rubbish with you to the next refreshment stop if snacking on the route.

Enjoy the ride!

For any additional information, please contact Christine on 091 544310 or email christine@croi.ie.