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IHF announce International Men's Health Week

Are you carrying a weight around your middle? Are your stress levels higher than normal?  Are you in danger of a heart attack?

Too often men delay in seeking health advice or getting to hospital – they don’t want to cause a fuss or they waste vital time calling friends or family first – which can prove fatal. But the harsh truth is that many of Ireland’s men over 45 are at risk of developing heart disease leading to a heart attack.

Combined with rising levels of obesity, diabetes and smoking, many Irish men are literally a ticking time bomb.

The Irish Heart Foundation are pleased to announce International Men's Health Week, from June 12th to June 18th, a health promotion campaigh to highlght the risks to the male population, which are often overlooked.

These include:

  • Men are nearly three times more likely than women to die prematurely from Cardiovascular disease.
  • 42% of men aged between 51 and 64 are now obese and a further 44% are overweight
  • Inactivity is a major risk for heart attack and stroke. Men typically spend 40 minutes longer sitting down in comparison to women.
  • Men are more likely to be dependent on alcohol, and alcohol-related injury and mortality rates are greater among men.
  • Blood pressure is higher in men (69%) compared with women (59%).
  • A fifth of men eat the minimum recommended guideline of five portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
  • Intake of cholesterol is higher in men.. 78% of men aged 45+ have high cholesterol.


The good news, however, is that it is possible to take charge of your health. This International Men’s Health Week – the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) urge all men to follow their positive steps for a healthier heart that will help to minimise the risks of heart disease and stroke:

High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. Learn More
Being active is good for your heart and your head. Learn More
Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood Learn More
The key to healthy eating is to eat a wide variety of foods Learn More
Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Learn More
It is the sodium part of salt that causes the problem Learn More
Recognising and managing your stress will reduce your risk Learn More
Losing weight reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke Learn More

Organisations can order posters and booklets on the Men’s Health Forum website.  Email Triona Keane  for the Irish Heart’s booklet on “A man’s guide to heart health.” Alternatively speak to the National Heart & Stroke Helpline Nurse

Need to talk? Freephone 1800 25 25 50 Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Chat to the IHF online

 

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