19 February 2018
The scandal of patients at high risk of stroke being left untreated
The scandal of patients at high risk of stroke being left untreated Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has called for urgent action to treat a group of patients who are five times more likely to have a stroke. “Many patients who have been identified as having a type of irregular heartbeat known as Atrial […]
15 November 2017
Time for NI to act on alcohol
Supreme Court rejects Court action against Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol NICHS has welcomed the rejection of the legal action by the Scotch Whisky Association at the Supreme Court in London. The Scotch Whisky Association has sought to stop the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing legislation by the Scottish Parliament. “We welcome this decision, look […]
04 October 2017
MORE ACTION ON SMOKING REQUIRED
Northern Ireland’s leading health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has called on the Department of Health to review the actions it is taking to combat smoking. “Much has been achieved but sadly the numbers of smokers in Northern Ireland remains stubbornly high – particularly in the less well off parts of Northern Ireland. […]
12 September 2017
PUBLIC MEETINGS TO BE HELD ON FUTURE OF STROKE SERVICESOn behalf of Health and Social Care (HSC), leading health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) is inviting people from across the Northern Ireland to a series of public meetings on reshaping stroke services in Northern Ireland. The public meetings, facilitated by the charity, is part of the 13-week pre-consultation on reshaping stroke [...]
28 June 2017
READY SET SUMMER! Kids Encouraged to Active This SummerA new campaign by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is encouraging kids to have fun and get active over the summer holidays. As part of the campaign called ‘Ready Set Summer’, which is sponsored by MACE, special packs are being made available to teachers, parents and childminders packed full of fun stuff for 7 [...]
20 June 2017
NICHS hails health conscious Balmoral Show visitorsNorthern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke have revealed that people were more aware of the importance of knowing their blood pressure at this year’s Balmoral Show in May. The charity found that more visitors to the show were proactively asking for their blood pressure to be checked. Many people were returning to the charity’s stand [...]
17 June 2017
PROFESSOR VARMA AWARDED OBE IN RECOGNITION OF CONTRIBUTION TO HEALTH IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke is delighted to learn that its Chairman Professor Mahendra Varma has been included in the birthday Honours List. The award was made in recognition of Professor Varma’s unwavering commitment to improving health and social care in Northern Ireland throughout his distinguished career. His many achievements have included: Pioneering the […]
13 June 2017
Plenty of room for improvement on Stroke ServicesLeading local health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has welcomed the beginning of a conversation on the review of how Stroke Services are organised in Northern Ireland. “We welcome the opportunity for the public and people with experience of stroke getting involved in conversations on how things can be improved.” Said Neil [...]
17 April 2017
MACE PUT THEIR HEART INTO FUNDRAISING ALMOST £40K TO HELP 1500 SURVIVORS OF CHEST, HEART AND STROKE ILLNESSES.Mace, part of the Musgrave Retail Group; has donated a total of £39k to leading local health charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) in the first year of a three year partnership. The funds were raised by Mace retailers regionally, along with Musgrave head office staff, taking part in a variety of activities [...]
10 April 2017
RESEARCH: STRESS AFFECTS TWO THIRDS OF NI POPULATIONNI charity launches video series in bid to tackle stress Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke today (10 April 2017) launched a series of videos aimed at equipping people with the tools to tackle stress as part of the charity’s local ‘Give Stress a Rest’ campaign. Six videos, each showcasing a different stress management technique, [...]
31 March 2017
Talented Tyrone sisters sing in memory of their mumOn the Tuesday 9th May 2017, Mullaslin trio, the Ward Sisters, will join a host of country music stars from Ireland and beyond to perform at Armagh City Hotel for a fabulous night of music and entertainment in aid of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke. However, for these talented sisters and their family, their [...]
01 March 2017
Holiday World Show visitors referred to GPsOne third of people who had their blood pressure measured at the recent Holiday World Show in Belfast had to be referred to their GPs. Local charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke, measured 445 people’s blood pressure at January’s show, and found that one third had high readings. They were then advised to make [...]
22 February 2017
Cheap alcohol causing huge harmLocal health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, has called for action on the sale of very cheap alcohol and has welcomed recent opinion polling showing nearly two thirds of people in Northern Ireland support taking action. “Opinion polling carried out by Millward Brown shows that 65% of people in Northern Ireland support the [...]
14 February 2017
Go over to the Dark Side this Valentine’s Day!A local health charity and researchers from Queen’s University Belfast are telling people to give dark chocolate to their loved ones this Valentine’s Day to improve their heart health. Professor Jayne Woodside from QUB, who was part of the research team, explained. “Our study showed that if you eat a fruit and vegetable-rich diet, including [...]
04 January 2017
O’Neill must commit to help smokersLeading local health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has called on the Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill to make a New Year’s Resolution on behalf of the NI Executive to re-double the efforts to help smokers quit. “Sadly the number of smokers in Northern Ireland has remained at 22% - around 1 in 5 [...]
13 November 2016
Local health charity’s new Support Service for Stroke SurvivorsA Post Rehab Exercise Programme for stroke survivors, which was launched by Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS) in Coleraine in August, is making a difference to stroke survivors across the Triangle area and beyond. The programme, known as PREP, aims to help people regain their confidence and independence after a stroke. It was [...]
25 October 2016
Looking forward to stroke services decisions in 2017The leading local health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has welcomed the news that decisions will be made on Stroke Services in the New Year. Public Affairs Adviser, Neil Johnston welcomed the report: “We all want the best possible health care for all patients in Northern Ireland and the Health Minister’s response to [...]
13 October 2016
HALF OF US ARE STRESSED OUT – Research Reveals 49% of the Working Age Population are Highly StressedResearch carried out by a local charity has revealed that two fifths of people in Northern Ireland regularly feel stressed out with almost half of 35-64 year olds reporting “considerable levels of stress on a regular basis”. The survey*, commissioned by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, revealed that across all age groups, 39% of [...]
11 October 2016
Local Charity and Business “Team Up” to improve Employees’ HealthNorthern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS) have launched their new workplace health programme, Well Team, in partnership with the Public Health Agency. Well Team supports businesses to identify health risks and create an action plan and strategy to improve employees’ health and wellbeing. The programme will be running from June 2016 until June 2019 [...]
10 October 2016
82% back call to use Sugar Levy to help childrenNorthern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has welcomed the fact that the Assembly is to debate a call to boost children’s health. “We very much support the idea that the money raised by the sugar levy should be used to boost the opportunities for PE in primary schools and make our primary school kids aware [...]
18 August 2016
Charity calls for ‘sugar tax’ revenue to be used to tackle childhood obesityA local health charity has welcomed the confirmation that the ‘sugar tax’ will go ahead and has called on local politicians to ring-fence the money to tackle childhood obesity. Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke carried out an opinion poll in May 2016 which showed that 82% of the public agreed that the NI Executive [...]
26 July 2016
LOCAL MLA SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITY’S CAMPAIGN TO AVOID HEART DISEASEAn MLA, who underwent heart surgery a year ago, is joining local charity Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke in urging others to look out for the symptoms of heart disease. Cathal Boylan MLA for Newry and Armagh underwent a quadruple bypass in June 2015 and now says that he is one of the lucky [...]
30 June 2016
LOCAL HEALTH CHARITY HAILS HEALTH OF BALMORAL SHOW VISITORS
A local health charity has revealed that the results of blood pressure checks it carried out at the Balmoral Show in May were better than at the Holiday World Show in January. Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke measured 911 people’s blood pressures over the three days of the Balmoral Show at their stand in […]
31 May 2016
Inspirational young mum takes on walking challenge just 3 years after surviving stroke.
Stroke survivor, Laura Caughey from Banbridge is taking on 13 miles at Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke’s 70th Anniversary Mourne Way Challenge Walk this June. Laura explained, “I decided to take part in the Mourne Way Challenge Walk because NICHS is a charity which is very close to my heart. I suffered a stroke […]
26 May 2016
Public backs call to tackle obesity in school children
A local health charity has welcomed public backing for the proposal that the revenue from the ‘sugar tax’ should be used to tackle obesity in schools. Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke carried out an opinion poll which showed that 82% of the public agreed that the NI Executive should ring-fence this money to tackle […]
22 March 2016
CHARITY WELCOMES SUGAR TAXA leading health charity has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax in 2018, a major step in the right direction to tackle the rising levels of obesity in Northern Ireland. “We are delighted that the Chancellor has introduced this sugar tax but this tax must be part of a wider plan to [...]
10 March 2016
CHARITY WELCOMES SMOKE-FREE HOSPITALSA leading health charity has welcomed a ban on smoking on all hospital grounds across Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke says it will protect people – particularly those with chest illnesses – from having to endure a fog of poisonous cigarette fumes at hospital entrances, where smokers, including patients, often gather. Fidelma [...]
15 January 2016
Local health charity marks start of 70th year at Holiday World Show
NICHS offers free blood pressure checks at Holiday World Show.
10 December 2015
Chairman praises former Chief Exec’s contribution
NICHS Chairman Prof MPS Varma thanks Andrew Dougal, recently retired Chief Executive.
02 December 2015
Health Charity praises Health Minister
NICHS have welcomed the introduction of a Bill to outlaw the sale of E cigarettes to under 18s.
03 November 2015
Heart Attack Survivor, Sean McLaughlin from Downpatrick, Shares 1st Anniversary Story in support of Charity Heart Research.Please see below Heart Attack Survivor, Sean McLaughlin from Downpatrick, Shares 1st Anniversary Story in support of Charity Heart Research. He was in a boxing ring fighting when he took a heart attack at just 43, his heart stopped for 5 minutes and he almost left his three daughters and wife behind. Triple bypass, and [...]
29 October 2015
CLODAGH PREPARES FOR FUTURE AFTER SEVERE STROKE
Just months ago, Clodagh Dunlop was unable to move or speak after suffering a massive stroke.
26 October 2015
NICHS backs local research which could mean that HEART PROBLEMS “COULD BE SPOTTED AT THE OPTICIANS”.
In NI last year 2,385 people lost their lives to heart disease in Northern Ireland.
07 October 2015
NEW CHARITY CHIEF’S WHEELY HEALTHY PLAN TO MEET STAFF
A newly appointed charity chief is to visit its staff, volunteers and service users around Northern Ireland – using only pedal power!
The scandal of patients at high risk of stroke being left untreated
The scandal of patients at high risk of stroke being left untreated
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke has called for urgent action to treat a group of patients who are five times more likely to have a stroke.
“Many patients who have been identified as having a type of irregular heartbeat known as Atrial Fibrillation are not receiving any treatment and are at a high risk of having a stroke,” commented Neil Johnston, Public Affairs Adviser for the leading local health charity.
Speaking at a seminar at Stormont organised by NICHS, Mr Johnston urged the Health Department to act:
“People with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) become five times more likely to suffer a stroke. AF prevents blood flowing properly through the heart. This disruption allows clots to form which can travel to the brain causing a stroke.”
Mr Johnston called on the Department of Health and the 5 Health and Social CareTrusts to make plans to review the treatment of the 30,000+ patients in Northern Ireland who have been identified as having AF.
“AF-related strokes are more severe and cause greater disability than strokes in patients without AF. We have treatments available to help us to try to avoid these devastating strokes – and currently we are leaving thousands without treatment. It simply doesn’t make sense.”
“Properly used, existing treatments are effective and could prevent AF-related strokes, saving hundreds of lives and millions from the health service budget. For example, when anticlotting therapy is used appropriately it is highly effective; lowering stroke risk by about two-thirds in AF patients
Mr Johnston revealed that it had recently been discovered in England that around half of patients with known atrial fibrillation who have a stroke have not received anti-coagulation treatment before their stroke.
“We know who many of these AF sufferers are. It is imperative that we take action to ensure they are being appropriately treated as soon as possible – before they have a stroke.”
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