Wednesday 16 January 2019

Cardiac support group marks a decade since is formation

Members of the Cardiac Support Group North Cork, which recently marked its 10th anniversary
Members of the Cardiac Support Group North Cork, which recently marked its 10th anniversary

Bill Browne

The Cardiac Support Group North Cork (CSGNC) recently celebrated a decade since its formation by hosting a health awareness day at the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow. 

The group was formed in 2008 by people who had experienced cardiac-related problems, with the assistance of Mairead Lehane who is a cardiac nurse specialist at Mallow General Hospital. 

Spokesman Paddy Lane said that no such group existed at the time, and the founding members felt it was important that people were provided with an accessible platform through which cardiac patients and their families could seek support and advice.

Mr Lane said unexpected interruption to the health of an individual through a cardiac event can be daunting, leading to a major knock in their self-confidence. 

"This is where the support group plays a vitally important role," said Mr Lane.

"Through the continued contact with Mairead Lehane, new patients are introduced to the cardiac support group many of whom choose to become members, and have enjoyed the 'family-like' support offered to them." 

Over the past 10 years it has become a well-recognised name across the region, holding a number of events annually, covering topics including fitness, diet, medications, first aid, and new health awareness trends at locations across the region. These have included presentations by leading consultant cardiologists, with Dr Ann Marie O'Flynn bringing the 10th anniversary celebrations to a conclusion with a talk on heart well-being. 

"It was a very enjoyable day and we would like to thank all who attended and the businesses who donated sponsorship for the event," said Mr Lane. 

The group's next event will take place at 8pm next Monday evening in Mallow Mercy Daycare Centre, when solicitor Niamey O'Leary will deliver a talk entitled 'Wills and Inheritance'. 

"This will be a useful opportunity for people to give solid consideration to their personal affairs. As usual, the event will be open to all," said Mr Lane. 

For more information about the group and its activities contact 086 890 0886.