Red alert: 25% of Kilkenny women could die from cardiovascular disease, says Heart Foundation
A quarter of women in Kilkenny will die of cardiovascular disease, according to the Irish Heart Foundation as it launched its Go Red for Women campaign aimed at tackling the problem.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in Ireland; women are almost six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer.
However, 80% of premature death from cardiovascular disease is preventable.
By Going Red for Women, you can support the Irish Heart Foundation’s work in communities across Ireland, raising awareness of and helping to prevent deaths from cardiovascular disease.
“Our Go Red for Women campaign is championed by five women from around Ireland, each of whom has been affected by cardiovascular disease: from heart attack to open-heart surgery and from heart failure to Long QT syndrome,” Judith Gilsenan, Commercial Director, Irish Heart Foundation said.
“Through their stories and support from the public, we can continue to empower women to live longer, healthier lives.
“This February we are calling on the people of Kilkenny to show their support for the women they love by Going Red for Women.
“There are lots of ways to get involved – hold a walk in your local community or a coffee morning at home or work, or try your hand at volunteering at our national bag pack collection.”
Each year, almost 9,000 people in Ireland die from heart disease and stroke, leaving behind devastated families and communities.
Support the Go Red for Women campaign by organising a red event in February, volunteering on February 14 or donating to the Irish Heart Foundation – for more information and to sign up, visit www.GoRed.ie.