Croí & Mayo Pharmacies launch free blood pressure checks for September

Own it, Check it, Sort it!

The Croí Third Age Mayo project, which aims to promote healthy cardiovascular ageing, is delighted to partner with local pharmacies across Mayo for the month of September to offer free blood pressure checks to people over 55 years of age who have not had their blood pressure checked in the past year.

High blood pressure (hypertension) can put a strain on your arteries and organs, which can increase your risk of developing serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Members of the public found to have high blood pressure will be offered advice and information, as well as the opportunity to take part in a free blood pressure management programme, delivered by the Croí multi-disciplinary health team.

“If you’re over the age of 55, you should have your blood pressure checked once a year. A blood pressure test is a simple way of checking if your blood pressure is too high. If you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it and reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke,” says Dr. Lisa Hynes, Croí Head of Health Programmes.

People over 55 years of age interested in a free blood pressure check can simply contact one of the participating pharmacies. See croi.ie/third-age-mayo-bp to learn more.

The pharmacies participating in the pilot programme are:

  • Achill – Molloy’s
  • Balla – Life Pharmacy
  • Ballaghaderreen – Molloy’s
  • Ballina – Molloy’s Garden St., Molloy’s Bunree Rd., McKane’s, Kilroy’s
  • Ballinrobe – Hynes
  • Ballyhaunis – Curley’s
  • Bangor Erris – Lavelle’s
  • Belmullet – Lavelle’s, McCormack’s
  • Castlebar – MacAuliffe’s, O’Donnell’s, Staunton’s, Treacy’s
  • Charlestown – Colleran’s
  • Claremorris – Davey’s
  • Crossmolina – Molloy’s, Quinn’s
  • Foxford – Heneghans
  • Kilkelly – Life Pharmacy
  • Killala – Lavelle’s
  • Kiltimagh – Heneghans
  • Knock – Life Pharmacy
  • Louisburgh – Staunton’s
  • Swinford – O’Connell’s
  • Westport – Treacy’s, McVann’s, O’Donnell’s, O’Connell’s, Lally’s.

Close to the heart – Mayo team to wear Croí’s message in upcoming Mayo vs Kerry game

On February 29th at the Allianz football league game between Mayo and Kerry, with thanks to the generous support of Mayo GAA main sponsors Intersport Elverys, the Mayo team will wear a special one-off jersey carrying Croí’s logo in an effort to put the spotlight on heart health for over 55’s across the county. The jersey will call on people to own their heart health and ‘Check it. Sort it.’

Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, will be on-site at An Sportlann and Elverys MacHale Park to share information about a new initiative, Croí Third Age Mayo. In Ireland and across the world, people are living longer – in fact County Mayo has one of the highest rates of people over the age of 55 compared to the rest of the country. Croí Third Age Mayo is specifically designed to promote and support the cardiovascular health and well-being of the over 55 population. 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.

Pre-match Panel

Croí’s recently announced partnership with Mayo GAA is helping to put the spotlight on heart health for over 55’s, with Croí hosting a panel discussion with key Mayo and Kerry former players ahead of the game on February 29th. Everyone is welcome to attend this special event at An Sportlann, Castlebar Mitchels, with Mayo and Kerry footballers to lead the discussion for an hour of chat and reminiscing from 5 – 6pm before the all-important match in Elverys MacHale Park.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 5 – 6pm
Location: An Sportlann, Castlebar Mitchels

TJ Kilgallon, Andy Moran and Liam McHale will join the Mayo side of the panel, with Marc Ó Sé the first to be announced from the Kerry side. Kilgallon said, “I support any effort to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke… Mayo has one of the highest rates of heart disease in Ireland, and we need to start being more proactive about our health.” Dr. Jim Crowley, Consultant Cardiologist and Croí’s Medical Director will open the panel, with Ballinrobe native Liam Horan as the MC for the evening. Space is limited and seats are first come, first served – no pre-registration is needed.

Follow Mayo GAA (@OfficialMayoGAA) and Croí (@CroiHeartStroke) on Facebook for the latest information and more details on the panel line-up as it is announced.

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