Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 36% of all deaths. Figures published by the HSE show that approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease – including coronary heart disease, stroke, and other circulatory diseases.
The heart is a muscle that pumps blood around your body. Oxygen-rich blood is pumped by the heart to the organs of your body through a network of arteries. The blood returns to your heart through veins before being pumped back to your lungs to pick up oxygen.
The heart gets its own supply of blood from a network of blood vessels on the surface of your heart, called coronary arteries.
Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Narrowing of the arteries can restrict the blood flow to the heart muscle causing chest pains – angina. A complete blockage of the coronary artery can cause a heart attack.
Screening programs have been shown to detect high risk patients with early disease development and guide them toward controlling risk factors. As a result, cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality can be reduced.
Screening helps to detect if you are high risk, and we can help with education, referral, and possible medication treatments.