‘Learn what a Heart Attack feels like – It could save your Life!’ is the message from Croí, who will be launched a Heart Attack Awareness Campaign across the West of Ireland to mark Men’s Health Week (June 13th – 19th 2016). This novel campaign will see Barber Shops in Mayo and Galway spreading important messages about the main signs and symptoms of heart attack to its customers.
Speaking about this initiative Irene Gibson, Director of Programs, Croi Heart and Stroke Charity said “The main aim of this campaign is to raise awareness about heart attack. We are encouraging everyone to learn the main signs and symptoms of heart attack and to take immediate action by phoning 999 or 112 for an ambulance, if you suspect that you, or a family member may be having a heart attack. All too often, people wait too long to take appropriate action; which can limit treatment options, increase risk of complications following heart attack, and unfortunately, in too many cases, individuals die at home before they seek help. We are hoping to spread the message to as many men as possible during Men’s Health Week. While it may seem an unusual setting for a health message many of the Barbers who have already come on board this initiative have been really eager to get involved and spread the campaign message to their customers, in an effort to save lives.”
A heart attack occurs when there is a sudden complete blockage of a coronary artery (the arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle). This can happen when the plaque, a fat like substance which builds up in the lining of these blood vessels eventually ruptures or tears and a blood clot is formed, which blocks a narrowed section of the coronary artery. The clot stops blood from flowing to that area of heart muscle. As a result, this area of heart muscle will not receive any blood supply and oxygen and therefore will become damaged.
For more information on this plaque build up and cholesterol management you can download our booklet here Croí Cholesterol Booklet