In Ballymoney over 1,000 people are on the coronary heart disease register and in 2013, a total of 65 deaths occurred due to the circulatory system in this area.
In Moyle over 900 people are on the register and in 2013, a total of 44 deaths occurred.
Now the Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke have launched their latest Heart Campaign with a ‘Ticker Tea Party’ - just one way that the charity is urging the public to get involved this summer to raise funds and awareness.
Kerry Anderson from the charity said “We are asking the public to support us this summer by having a Ticker Tea Party or fundraiser of your choice to help us educate about symptoms and help save lives. Whether it’s a barbecue for friends at home, a red heart themed work lunch or a family quiz we need your support. We also have a series of Challenge walks that people can get involved in including the Causeway Coast Challenge Walk and North Antrim Challenge Walk. As the local charity for the care and prevention of heart (stroke and chest) illness your support will educate; drive our research and support survivors here in NI.”
The acronym ‘STOP’ provides a summary of heart attack symptoms to help people remember: ‘S’ for something’s not right; ‘T’ for tightness or pain in the chest, pain in the arm, neck or jaw; ‘O’ for other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness; and ‘P’ advising people to phone 999 immediately – the ambulance crew will do an ECG.
Check out www.nichs.org.uk/takeheart.