More people in Ireland die from heart disease and stroke than any other cause of death and in Leitrim 97 lives are lost to the disease annually. But the Irish Heart Foundation says many of these deaths can be prevented.
Every day in Ireland 27 lives are lost to the disease and almost 300 new cases are diagnosed daily.
By eliminating risk factors such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity and smoking, the Irish Heart Foundation says 80 percent of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.
Launching their annual Happy Heart Appeal 7-9 May supported by 2FM’s Ryan Tubridy, Nicky Byrne and Fair City actress Leah Egan, the Irish Heart Foundation called for donations to grow the charity’s on-the-ground prevention programme so it can reach greater numbers of people at risk of this killer disease.
The iconic Happy Heart badges are on sale for €2 on street by Co Leitrim volunteers. The Appeal is the Irish Heart Foundation’s biggest national fundraising event and more than 3,000 volunteers around the country will take to the streets this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (7-9 May).
To show your support for the Happy Heart Appeal you can also opt to text Happy to 50300 to donate €4 or, you can also donate online at www.irishheart.ie