The Irish Heart Foundation will host a special concert featuring leading Irish Soprano Cara O’Sullivan on the 29th of November at 8pm in the Cathedral in Ennis.
Cara will be joined on the night by special guests the Holy Family Senior School to perform popular and festive songs..
Tickets are on sale for €20 from various locations around Ennis, including the Parish Office at the Cathedral, Mary Kelly Newsagents & the Clare Champion.
Also on that day the Irish Heart Foundation will be arranging Free Blood Pressure Checks in the Parish Offices from 2 to 5pm. The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has warned that nearly one million adults in Ireland are at increased risk of heart attack and stroke due to high blood pressure and half of them do not know it. High blood pressure is a serious but manageable risk factor for stroke, yet half of adults over 50 with the condition remain unaware and untreated.
Dr Angie Brown, Medical Director with the Irish Heart Foundation said: “High blood pressure often has no symptoms so that a person can feel fine and look fine but on the inside, silent damage is happening to blood vessels, which can lead to serious health problems such as stroke. One in five people will have a stroke in their lifetime and people with uncontrolled high blood pressure are three times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack compared to people with healthy or controlled blood pressure. In fact 80% of strokes are caused by five factors – high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity.
“The good news is that a simple five-minute check is all it takes to detect high blood pressure, which can then be effectively managed through lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, being active and consuming less salt, fatty foods and alcohol. In some cases doctors will recommend a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to manage blood pressure and protect against strokes.”
Currently in Ireland about 10,000 strokes happen annually and in Clare, 55 people died from stroke last year.
Figures from the Institute of Public Health expect the prevalence of stroke to rise by a staggering 48% in just six years’ time by 2020 with a concurrent rise by 50% in the incidence of heart attack.
Additionally by 2020, the number of adults aged over 45 years with high blood pressure is expected to rise from 950,000 people affected in Ireland to 1.2 million adults, representing a 28% increase.
Tips to lower your blood pressure include:
• Always take your medication, if prescribed
• Aim for a healthy weight
• Eat more fruit and vegetables
• Eat less salt and less fatty and processed foods
• Drink less alcohol
• Be more active, get at least 30 minutes of exercise on 5 days a week
• Get a regular blood pressure check and follow your doctor’s advice
If you can’t amke the free blood pressure checks contact the Irish Heart Foundation for a free blood pressure leaflet or general health advice, talk to an Irish Heart Foundation nurse in confidence on the National Heart & Stroke Helpline Locall 1890 432 787.
More on Cara O’Sullivan
Cork born Cara O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s leading sopranos. She has earned a reputation as a fearless interpreter of Mozart, Verdi, Handel and Bellini alongside her extensive career as a concert artist.
Recent highlights:- Nedda from Pagliacci which won the 2013 Irish Times Theatre Award for Opera; a recital tour of Ireland for Music Network; collaborative artist with The Degani Ensemble; concerts in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Warsaw, Barcelona, Perth, Sydney and Singapore; the New Years Day Viennese gala concerts in The National Concert Hall Dublin and City Hall Cork with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra; performing for Munster Rugby at The Stadt Velodrome in Marseille.
Future engagements include Gounod’s Faust with The Cork Operatic Society; The Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss with The Hibernian Orchestra in Dublin and Cork; Haydn’s Creation at the RDS Dublin; Mozart’s Coronation Mass with The Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra and The Fleischmann Choir; recitals in Los Angeles, California and Anchorage, Alaska.
Cara was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by Limerick/Shannon Rotary and Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.