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Heart Health Information and Resources

The heart is a muscular bag which squeezes to pump blood through the blood vessels around our bodies. It beats nearly 100,000 times a day, bringing food and oxygen in the blood to all parts of the body and bringing back waste from all these organs and cells. Like any engine or pump, it needs fuel and care to keep it working. Not surprisingly, if we neglect it, problems develop.


Many risk factors influence and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. A lot of these risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, inactivity and smoking are modifiable.


Click on the following links to read more about how these lifestyle factors affect your risk of heart disease and stroke:


 If you have any questions please contact a Helpline Nurse on Freephone 1800 25 25 50 or email the Helpline on helpline@irishheart.ie
The National Heart and Stroke Helpline is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm with a late night on Thursdays until 7pm

You probably already know that cholesterol has something to do with heart disease and stroke. But like many people, you may be confused about cholesterol, all the different fats you eat, what happens ... More
Regular physical activity can make you feel and look good. It can give you many benefits for your overall health. More importantly regular physical activity reduces your risk of high blood pressure, h... More
Healthy eating is essential for good health. What you eat can either protect you or increase your chances of getting heart disease or having a stroke. More
Being overweight means that your heart has to work harder to pump blood around your body. This extra pressure can cause wear and tear on your heart and blood-vessel system. More
We know that stress can mean different things to different people... it can have a positive and a negative effect. Have a read of our leaflet which will advise you on how to manage your stress levels. More
Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco related disease. Smokers are twice as likely to suffer a he... More
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. If not treated or kept under control, it is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. More
People in Ireland are eating too much salt, which is linked to high blood pressure especially as you get older. If everyone in Ireland reduced salt intake by a half teaspoon (3 grams per day), this wo... More
When it comes to alcohol, you may hear different messages about whether it is good or bad for the heart. You may also wonder "how much is too much?", "what are the recommended maximum weekly levels we... More
Men like to get things done. Whether it's the hunter-gatherer instinct or how we are brought up, we have a clear logic and the need to achieve. Our brains like to make things fit. We like answers, to ... More

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