Heart check

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

ONE in four peo­ple over the age of 50 are at risk of de­vel­op­ing atrial fib­ril­la­tion, which, if left un­treated, can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the risk of stroke. The symp­toms of atrial fib­ril­la­tion can in­clude tired­ness, dizzi­ness, pal­pi­ta­tions, chest pain, and short­ness of breath, but very of­ten a per­son liv­ing with the con­di­tion will ex­pe­ri­ence no symp­toms at all. As part of its ‘Pre­vent a Stroke: Feel the Pulse’ cam­paign, the Ir­ish Heart Foun­da­tion is ask­ing ev­ery­one aged over 50 to make a twice-daily pulse check a part of their rou­tine. The IHF web­site has all the in­for­ma­tion needed to help keep track of your pulse checks and to ed­u­cate peo­ple on atrial fib­ril­la­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: irish­heart.ie/ feelthep­ulse, or freep­hone 1800-252550.

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