We can all be Heart Heroes by making a promise, to ourselves and those we care about, to look after our hearts.
The team at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre in Newcastle, Galway, encouraged the people of Galway to make an important promise for their heart health in celebration of World Heart Day on September 29th. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, and approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease in Ireland.
With sign-sheets scattered across Galway in locations such as University Hospital Galway, Bon Secours, NUI Galway and Galway City Council, the Croí Team gathered almost 2,000 signatures from Heart Heroes who promised to make a change for their hearts!
Some of the promises included:
- A promise to your families to cook and eat more healthily;
- A promise to your children to exercise more and help them to be more active, to say no to smoking and help your loved ones to stop;
- A promise as a healthcare professional to help your patients give up smoking and lower their cholesterol;
- A promise as a policymaker to support policies that promote healthy hearts;
- A promise as an employee to invest in heart-healthy workplaces.
You can become a Heart Hero at any time by making a promise to make a change for your heart health!
Galway goes red for World Heart Day!
In the lead up to World Heart Day, Bon Secours Hospital Galway; The Browne Doorway in Eyre Square; the Human Biology Building in NUI, Galway; and Kylemore Abbey were lit up red – in association with Croí!
On September 29th, The Croí Health team were in Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, to take part in a special World Heart Day event, with the Abbey lighting red in celebration! The Health Team offered free blood pressure and pulse checks, and took part in a guided hike to the Sacred Heart Statue along with other heart heroes.
Mitchell’s Café, who are renowned for their wholesome home cooking, also took part by serving a special heart healthy menu on the day. Many became Croí Heart Heroes by making their heart healthy promise, joined by Mitchell’s Sous Chef Dolores Heanue, who recently recovered from a major coronary event.