A new €3.7 million heart health facility is to be opened in the city later this month.
The new ‘Heart and Stroke Centre’ at Croi House in Newcastle is dedicated to the prevention of heart disease and stroke, as well as raising awareness and supporting those diagnosed with the condition.
In addition to a large exercise and fitness centre with specially trained staff, the centre will also incorporate conference rooms and training rooms to allow the centre to link with universities, hospitals and training centres around the world.
To mark the opening, Croí is offered the Galway public a chance to take advantage of ‘walk in’ screenings and assessment of heart health, as part of a special ‘Heart and Stroke Week’.
The event will include a series of public talks, seminars, workshops and screenings and aims to highlight awareness of the need to prevent major diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity, in the lead in to World Heart Day on 29 September.
‘Heart and Stroke Week’ will take place from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 September and will also include talks on topics, including ‘Is there sex after heart disease?’, ‘Quitting smoking for life’, and ‘The real benefits of exercise’.
Olympic sprinter and medical student Paul Hession will also give an inspirational talk on Wednesday 19 September and will speak on his journey to fitness and perseverance to reach the Olympic Games in London this summer.
The multi-disciplinary team at Croí House will offer free walk-in health checks to the general public during the open week, including free blood pressure and pulse checks, as well as body mass index and waist circumference measurement.
In addition, there will be CPR demonstrations and yoga classes for people impacted by stroke and heart disease, both of which are now regular classes at the Croí Centre.
Obesity in children and young people will be examined on Saturday 22 September during a half-day programme for parents and teachers, with practical tips on weight management for children and how to deal with weight issues in the young. The series of speakers will include a consultant endocrinologist; a paediatric dietician; a cardiac dietician; a physiotherapist, and a senior dietician with the child and adolescent mental health services.
Croí CEO Neil Johnson said the team were excited to invite the people of Galway and the West of Ireland to come and visit the new centre at Moyola Lane.
“We are inviting people to come and visit this new facility, which has been made possible through the generosity of the people of the west of Ireland and further afield, who have been so supportive of all our work over the past 27 years,” he said.
For full details and a timetable of all events, log on to www.croi.ie or call 091-893515.