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Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Hypertension
Heart health is a sizeable concern for the Irish community with clear evidence of higher, and in some cases increasing, mortality among Irish men and women from coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke. Research also suggests that that high levels of cardiovascular disease in the Irish community probably increase the risk of vascular dementia.
Although the risk of heart disease increases with age, we know that many contributing factors to poor heart health are lifestyle habits evolved over the course of a person’s lifespan. There is evidence of significant economic inactivity due to poor health among Irish people in Britain particularly among men from the age of 50 onwards. Many of the risk factors for poor heart health are also the same as those associated with diseases such as cancer.
The good news is that it’s never too early or too late to start making positive changes for your heart, and when we look after our heart we automatically help reduce the risk of many other common health issues.
Keeping an active healthy lifestyle can help prevent these health related issues. Walking, cycling, running, football, tennis and all forms of sport as well as a healthy social lifestyle is important for both physical and mental well being. Many local authorities and Irish services have healthy activities in place.
Prevention is at core of Irish in Britain’s approach to heart health, with a focus on promoting positive lifestyle changes, social inclusion, early detection and promoting a shift in awareness and attitudes.
Understanding the culture, beliefs, values and experiences of the Irish community in Britain is essential in the development and delivery of the Green Hearts message. Continuing to evolve new and existing partnerships and collaborations between organisations, our intention is to diversify Green Hearts’ reach and impact the Irish community on a local and national scale.
Developing and implementing innovative, dynamic and peer–led projects that resonate with the hearts and minds of communities is central to Green Hearts success and longevity.