Huge congratulations to Riona Joyce, Ballyhaunis and John Gardiner, Birmingham, winners of our limited edition, signed Croí Mayo GAA jersey! Thank you so much to everyone who entered and supported the raffle – your support is greatly appreciated.

In celebration of Mayo Day 2020, Croí is joined for a discussion with Mayo GAA greats, including: former footballers Andy Moran and Martin Carney; Manager James Horan; Mayo native and Croí volunteer Pat O’Donnell; Croí’s Medical Director, Prof. Jim Crowley; and Croí’s Third Age Mayo Lead, Patricia Hall. Watch the video below!

Croí Third Age Mayo offers a new way of thinking about ageing and is specifically designed to promote and support the cardiovascular health and well-being of the over 55 population in the county.

Heart disease, stroke and diabetes are more common as we get older. If detected early, many heart conditions such as high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) can be treated so that people can have a longer and better quality of life.

With this, we are asking the over 55 population in Mayo to OWN IT, CHECK IT, SORT IT!

Own it - take responsibility for your health and well-being

As we get older, age-related heart disease and stroke become more prevalent. What can you do today, now, to improve your health? Keep making or start making better choices.

Check it - Know your risk factors and engage with your healthcare professional

  • A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing heart disease and stroke. There are 2 types of risk factors – those you can do nothing about (age, gender, family history) and those you can change (such as high cholesterolhigh blood pressuresmoking, lack of regular exerciseoverweight/obesity)
  • Focus on the risk factors you can change, because there is a lot you can do to reduce your risk and prevent disease. More than 80% of heart disease and stroke can be prevented with lifestyle changes
  • Know your numbers – this will help you understand how healthy you are.
    • check your blood pressure
    • cholesterol
    • sugar level
    • weight/BMI/ waist circumference
  • If you are over 65 years or have a family history of heart valve disease, or have ever been told you have a heart murmur have your health care provider listen to your heart
  • Learn how to check your pulse to make sure it is regular
  • Without testing for these conditions, such as high blood pressurehigh cholesterolheart valve diseaseheart failureatrial fibrillation (irregular pulse) and diabetes you probably won’t know you have them
  • Symptoms are often silent but with early detection and management, outcomes can be very good

Sort it: take control with effective action to keep you healthy for longer

  • It’s not enough to just know your numbers and risk factors, you need to take control and do what needs to be done for a long and healthy life
  • Schedule a yearly check up to keep on top of your health
  • Keep a record of your numbers
  • Set yourself some healthy goals you can work towards and build on these
  • If you lose momentum, immediately get back on track to re-establishing a healthy lifestyle
  • Keep track of your achievements and reward yourself by doing something you enjoy
  • It is very important to always take your medications as prescribed by your doctor
  • Get support from family and friends
  • Stay active and connected to your community