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Action on Stroke Month May 2019

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This year the Stroke Association is asking supporters to “Make May Purple” in honour of Stroke Awareness Month.

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This campaign is highly relevant to the Irish population in Britain because of the higher than average mortality rates of Irish men and women from coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke. The majority of people who experience strokes are over 55 years old, so raising awareness among the population of Irish in Britain is extremely important due to their overall age demographic.

You can support the Make May Purple awareness and fundraising campaign by wearing purple throughout the month, organising a “purple to work” day or even arranging a purple bake sale. Find more information on different purple events and to request your purple fundraising pack click here.

Blood Pressure Screening

Conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension) dramatically increase the risk of stroke, and recent studies have shown that 50 percent of people with high blood pressure are unaware that they have it, meaning many of these strokes are likely preventable. In light of this, Green Hearts partnered with May Measurement Month (MMM) in 2018 to run a national blood pressure screening campaign.

The Green Hearts Health Guide is full of useful health advice and tips, and is available to download for free on the Irish in Britain website. It contains useful information on heart health and a 30–day habit tracker to help monitor your progress.

Finding Help After a Stroke

With the right help and support your stroke doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you want to do. Stroke.org has a host of information to help get you back on track including information on coping at work, grant payments and stroke support line details. You can also check out the Green Hearts Facebook page to learn more about how to keep your heart healthy.