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About long-term conditions

A long-term health condition is one which can be treated and managed but usually not cured. Most long-term health conditions are not contagious.

In Ireland, 38% of Irish people over 50 years have one long-term health condition. 65% of adults over 65 years have two or more long-term health conditions (HSE 2016a).

Some examples of long-term health conditions include:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Heart conditions
  • Stroke
  • Asthma
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Vascular (circulatory) disease
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease/ Colitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • High blood pressure

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