WHO said politics was a difficult and dirty job but someone has to do it?
Assembly Members were practising what they have been preaching at the Northern Ireland Assembly last week with the help of Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke.
NICHS Health Promotion Nurse Collette Johnston checks out UUP leader Mike Nesbitt during a visit to Parliament Building to promote health awareness.
Nurses from the charity were on hand at Parliament Buildings to carry out Cardiac Risk Factor assessments for MLA’s.
“We are delighted that MLA’s have taken time out of their busy schedules to help stress the importance of health prevention and health promotion,” said Fidelma Carter, the newly appointed Director of Public Health at NICHS.
She added: “The event marks the fact that for 25 years Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke have had nurses out and about in the community assessing people’s health and offering advice.
“Our team of nurses, and our work in schools and with homeless people, stresses the importance of involving the community in looking after their own health and promoting healthier lifestyles.”
“We see what we do as complimenting the significant reforms in health and social care that the Minister, Edwin Poots has planned under his ‘Transforming Your Care’ policy.”
Dozens of MLA’s from all parties booked in for the 20 minute assessments at Parliament Buildings.
Health Minister Edwin Poots also took time out to be assessed and said: “I am very supportive of the important work done by Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) through their health promotion and raising awareness of risk factors for cardiovascular and respiratory illness.
“The cardiac risk factor assessment offers individuals the opportunity to have cholesterol and blood pressure measured by the nurse team. The assessment aims to increase awareness of, and identify, the risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke. I am delighted to be taking part in this today and would encourage everyone to get assessed regularly.”
The cardiac risk factor assessment offers individuals the opportunity to have cholesterol and blood pressure measured by the nurse team. The assessment aims to increase awareness of, and identify, the risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke. Advice and information regarding dietary changes, smoking, alcohol consumption and exercise will be provided.
Each assessment will last approximately 20 minutes and includes:
* Full lipid profile ( HDL, LDL, Cholesterol Triglycerides)
* Blood glucose levels
* Blood pressure measurement
* Lifestyle evaluation
Chest Heart and Stroke Statistics for Northern Ireland
* 50% of all adult deaths in Northern Ireland are caused by chest, heart or stroke illness.
* More than 7000 people die each year from a chest, heart or stroke illness – that’s 20 every day, killing almost twice as many people per day as cancer (11 per day).
* 453 women under the age of 75 die of respiratory disease and 171 die from heart disease each year, both bigger killers than breast cancer.
* Each year approximately 4,000 people suffer a stroke, and over 33,000 people are living with stroke and TIA.
* Almost 75,000 people in Northern Ireland are living with Coronary Heart Disease.
* In 2010, deaths from respiratory disease accounted for 13% of all deaths in Northern Ireland . Deaths from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) represented almost 30% of all respiratory deaths.
* Respiratory disease is the most commonly reported long-term illness in children and the third most commonly reported in adults, after musculoskeletal disorders and heart and circulatory disorders.
* Smoking causes over 2300 deaths per year in Northern Ireland and robs 10 -15 years of healthy life.