Shine a light on heart health today – World Heart Day 2022!

Croí an Chladaigh

Galway, 29 September 2022: Croí, the heart and stroke charity, is delighted to collaborate with some of the most iconic and historic buildings, organisations and landmarks throughout the West of Ireland today to mark World Heart Day.

Buildings and landmarks illuminate in red for the evening to share the important message that “Self-Care is Heart Care”, one of the core messages that the World Heart Federation has identified for this year’s World Heart Day campaign.

The iconic image of The Galway Hooker docked in the Claddagh basin is a sight that many will associate with Galwegian culture and the Wild Atlantic Way, was the first to light up in support.

To mark their support and commitment to promoting the importance of heart health, the following buildings and landmarks will light in red this World Heart Day:

Galway: Croí House, Galway City Museum, The Browne Doorway on Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, University of Galway, Bon Secours Hospital, Galway Garda Regional & Divisional HQ, ATU Galway City, ATU Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.

Mayo: ATU Mayo, Castlebar Tourist Information Office, The Linnenhall Arts Centre Castlebar, Castlebar Garda Station, Ashford Castle and Westport town bridges will partake in the illumination initiative.

ATU Donegal, The Bridge of Athlone, the Trinity Arts Centre in Roscommon, Roscommon Garda Station, Carrick on Shannon Garda Station and Sligo town Garda Station will also illuminate for the evening.

In addition to the building illuminations, a community awareness festival will take place at Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway, today, which encourages the public to come and visit the facility which marks its 10th year open this year, providing essential and lifesaving community support services. People visiting can avail of complimentary heart health checks and experience the heart health activities taking place on the day. The day will finish with an in-person public talk this evening from 7 pm – 8:30 pm at Croí House.

The free public talk on ‘Self-Care is Heart Care – The Power of Knowing Your Numbers and Taking Action’, will be with a panel of experts: Dr Susan Connolly, Consultant Cardiologist; Dr Lisa Hynes, Health Psychologist and Croí’s Head of Health Programmes; and Frankie Lane, who will share his story of heart disease and recovery. This public talk will be a hybrid event with the option to tune in from home live via a livestream link.

The campaign not only encourages people to ensure their heart health is a priority, but also those around them – friends, family and colleagues. Croí’s aim is to educate and empower individuals, families and communities to take control of their heart health and to make and maintain the changes that can lead to a longer and healthier life.

 

For more information visit www.croi.ie/heartfest or call 091-544310.

Croí Marks World Heart Day with Heartfest

Join Croí for a free holistic heart health festival to mark World Heart Day on September 29th

On September 29th (World Heart Day), Croí is delighted to invite the public to Heartfest, a free and holistic cardiovascular health and wellness event at Croí House from 10 am – 3 pm.

Self-Care is Heart Care is one of the core pillars that the World Heart Federation has identified for this year’s World Heart Day campaign. With this in mind, we will be opening the doors of Croí House for our first public event since 2019 and the Croí Health Team will be providing heart health checks as well as information and general heart health advice. At Heartfest, you will be able to avail of free taster sessions of some of our most popular offerings such as our exercise classes like Back to Fitness, strength training and yoga; mindfulness and goal setting sessions with our Health Psychologist; and our Cardiac Dietitian will host a Q&A session on eating for a healthy heart. Local community clubs and groups will also be there to highlight the many and varied activities available locally that contribute to overall heart health and wellbeing.

Heartfest will finish with a free public talk that evening from 7 – 8:30 pm at Croí House on ‘Self-Care is Heart Care – The Power of Knowing Your Numbers and Taking Action’, with experts: Dr Susan Connolly, Consultant Cardiologist; Dr Lisa Hynes, Health Psychologist and Croí’s Head of Health Programmes; and Frankie Lane, who will share his story of heart disease and recovery. This public talk will be a hybrid event with the option to tune in from home via a live stream link.

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For more information call 091-544310.

Thank you to Benecol, our charity partner, for supporting this event.

Joyce’s Supermarkets partners with Croí to raise awareness about heart disease

This partnership aims to raise awareness and funds for Croí’s Heartlink West helpline.

Joyce’s Supermarkets is delighted to be teaming up with Croí, a registered charity dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, in support of its work in the West of Ireland. The partnership and instore fundraiser kicked off on World Heart Day on the 29th September and will be running until World Stroke Day on the 29th October. Customers will be able to donate directly via bucket donations at till points.

In addition to this, information posters containing key information about Croí’s dedicated heart and stroke helpline, Heartlink West, will be displayed in ten Joyce’s stores across Co.Galway, which will also include a QR code for customers to donate online.

Croí’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery and wellbeing. In 2020, the charity launched Heartlink West, a free support service for people living with, or affected by, heart disease and stroke. The service was launched following an increase in support requests as a result of the pandemic.

Through Heartlink West, the Croí Health Team offer weekly virtual chats on a range of topics with expert presenters. The public can also call the free support line for one to one advice with a cardiac nurse specialist. The Croí team is available Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:30pm by phone on 091 544310 or email healthteam@croi.ie.

Aisling Joyce, Director of Operations for Joyce’s Supermarkets, said: “Joyce’s Supermarkets is proud to partner with Croí for the coming weeks to support their work and to raise awareness amongst our customer base of the Heartlink West online service, a vital service for people in the West of Ireland. Over the coming weeks, our customers will be able to support Croí by donating in store and to learn more about its work in the region through our digital platforms.”

Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising for Croí, said: “Throughout the pandemic, our Heartlink West support service has been a lifeline for people living with, or affected by, heart disease or stoke in the West of Ireland. We are so grateful to Joyces’s Supermarkets and Joyce’s customers for their fundraising support as it helps Croí to continue to provide these vital services for free.”

There are many different heart conditions or heart problems in today’s world that collectively fall under heart disease. 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke every year, with nearly 6 million dying and another 5 million left permanently disabled. Stroke is the second leading cause of death in people above the age of 60, and the fifth leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 59 years old.

Learn more about Croí’s Heartlink West service here.

Pictured are Joyce's employees: Rory Hennelly; Cian Duane; Barbara Toher; and Floor Manager, Margaret Keady

World Heart Day ‘Heart to Heart’ with the Croí Health Team

Use Heart to Connect with Croí – Know your Risk and Fight Heart Disease and Stroke!

In recognition of World Heart Day, the expert health team at Croí, the heart and stroke charity, will host a special free webinar on Thursday, September 30th from 7-8pm using Zoom. The webinar will focus on how you can reduce your risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, stress and more.

Expert speakers include Dr. Lisa Hynes, Health Psychologist and Head of Health Programmes at Croí; Aisling Harris, Cardiac and Weight Management Dietitian; and Zoe McCrudden, Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist.

Join this interactive webinar to learn how you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease or stroke by making small lifestyle changes. All participants will receive a free e-copy of Croí’s new Healthy Living Workbook that will help guide them in making the changes that are right for them. “Up to 80% of heart disease can be prevented by modifying risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking. The more risk factors you have, the more likely it is that you will develop heart disease and stroke. We want you to focus on the risk factors you can change, because even if you have a family history, there is a lot you can do to reduce your risk,” says Dr. Lisa Hynes.

Register now and submit your questions for the experts or call Croí on 091-544310. Don’t miss this special event – know your risk of developing heart disease or stroke and make heart healthy changes!

Don’t forget, Croí’s Heartlink West free telephone support line is available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5:30pm, on 091-544310, or by emailing healthteam@croi.ie.

World Heart Month Events

September is World Heart Month! To mark this, Croí has a wide range of virtual health events coming up this month, with a panel of expert speakers to answer all your questions.

Click the calendar below to see our upcoming events and then click the buttons below the calendar to register for the events that you wish to attend!

Zoom Training with Bridget!

Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 12pm

Risk Factors for Heart Attack and Stroke

Date: Thursday, September 23rd

Time: 11am

Healthy Eating as we Age

Date: Thursday, September 30th

Time: 11am

World Heart Day Webinar: Heart to Heart with the Croí Health Team

Date: Thursday, September 30th

Time: 7-8pm

Galway is going red for World Heart Day!

We’re lighting Galway up red for World Heart Day! 🚨

This Sunday, September 29, Bon Secours Hospital Galway; The Browne Doorway in Eyre Square; Kylemore Abbey; and the Human Biology Building in NUI, Galway will be illuminated in red to celebrate World Heart Day 2019 in association with Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity.

If you see any of these sites all lit up, be sure to take a selfie and tag @croiheartstroke with the hashtag #WorldHeartDay! Let us know what promise you’re making for your heart with the hashtag #HeartHero. ❤️

Tag us in your #WorldHeartDay posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @CroiHeartStroke

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Be a Croí Heart Hero and make a promise for your heart

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.