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Steps to a Healthy Heart Information Evening in Sligo

Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

World Heart Day is celebrated around the world in September each year. This year, a free information evening is being organised by the Integrated Care Cardiology Team from the Benbulbin Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Hub Sligo for the public.

The event will take place on Tuesday 26th September 2023 in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo from 7 – 9 pm. The purpose of this event is to shed light on the importance of prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Unfortunately, we all know someone who suffers from heart disease. This may be our parents, our siblings, or ourselves. But, did you know that 80% of heart disease is preventable? 

Sadly, a third of Irish people die each year from heart disease, yet this is avoidable through lifestyle changes and modifying your risk factors. People need to consider their heart health at a younger age. There is a belief that heart disease only affects an older generation, however, this is not the case. Heart disease can occur to any person, at any age. For this reason, it is imperative to attend to our own heart health from an early stage. So it is vitally important we give our heart health the attention that it needs.

The aim of this information evening is to bring awareness to members of the public supporting them to identify individual risk factors and facilitate better choices for their health.

Speakers on the evening will include:

  • Integrated Cardiologist Consultant
  • G.P
  • Specialised Cardiovascular Nurses
  • Physiotherapis
  • Dietitian
  • Smoking Cessation Officer
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Living Well Programme
  • Social Prescribing

Dr Donal Murray, Consultant Cardiologist Integrated Care said,  “We are all aware that a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking reducing stress, and drinking within recommended guidelines contribute to preventing heart disease. We know this is easier said than done. Our advice to anyone out there who is looking to make changes is to get support today. This is why I would encourage you to come along and avail of expert advice on our information evening.” 

Dr David Swann, GP Medical Practice, Riverstown said, "Prevention is better than cure and that is particularly relevant to heart disease. Weight gain, salt, sugar, and smoking can all increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sometimes we all just need a small push to modify our actions. Hopefully, if you come along to the information evening, you will get some inspiration and motivation.”

Last updated on: 15 / 09 / 2023