Heart health campaign rolled out
A 'Mind your heart' campaign, targeted at farmers, is to be rolled out countrywide over the coming months, after pilot health checks pinpointed them as 'high risk'.
The pilot tests carried out by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) at livestock marts in counties Cork, Mayo, Longford and Cavan identified farmers as among the least healthy of the general population.
It found they were "less likely" than any other sector to have regular heath checks, and nearly three times "more likely to die" from cardiac arrest than any other workplace category.
The awareness initiative is being undertaken by the IFA and the IFA farm family committee.
Anna O'Donoghue from the IHF said that cardiovascular disease is accountable for 9,000 death a year and farmers are now the highest workplace risk category.
She said that farmers suffered from a very high level of stress, impacting nearly one in every two, and four out of every five assessed were advised to "see their GP" for health issues.