According the the Irish Heart Foundation, approximately 10,000 people suffer from a stroke in
Ireland and around 2000 of these die. This makes stroke the third largest cause of death in Ireland.
As some may know, the elderly are at a higher risk of stroke but in recent years the number of
people having strokes at a young age is alarming and causing great concern amount employers in
A study was conducted by Professor Peter Kelly, North Dublin Population Stroke Study. The study
found that there was “an incidence rate in Ireland of 198 stroke events per 100,000, with as many as
10 per cent of these treated in the community. “This incidence rate is higher than France, London,
Spain, and Italy”, according to Prof Kelly.
High blood pressure can result from obesity, lack of exercise, increase in salt, bad diet and stress.
As high blood pressure is a major cause for stroke, employers should be mindful of the stress and
pressure that their employees are under. Stress can cause people to have high blood pressure and
may result in a stroke or cardiac event. Employers should have their employees monitored and
evaluated for simple things such as high blood pressure to prevent against stroke and other
cardiovascular diseases from occurring.
"Businesses play a crucial role in helping stroke survivors get back into the workplace and on the
road to recovery. That's why we're calling on employers to be aware of the physical and emotional
impact of stroke.”
In the UK a 44 year old woman suffered a stroke walking to the London Underground after a long
day at work. The woman never knew that she had high blood pressure which caused the stroke. This
is cause for great concern and an increase in awareness of high blood pressure and stroke needs to
be relayed to workers of all ages.
Not only does suffering from a stroke cause many fatalities but it also results in sufferers being left
with major disabilities. Some cannot return to work or can only work part-time. Currently there are
over 30,000 people living with a stroke-related disability in Ireland. One-fifth of these people
cannot walk as a result and half require assistance with daily living activities, such as washing and
It is not only Ireland that has frightening statistics on the affects of stroke but also the World Health
Organisation estimates that 17 million people die every year as a result of cardiovascular disease,
particularly heart attacks and stroke. This represents almost one-third of all deaths globally.
Employers need to spread awareness and to their employees about the causes and affects of high
blood pressure. Measuring and monitoring high blood pressure can be done very simply and cost
effectively so it should not go ignored.
For more details and facts about high blood pressure and stroke please visit the Irish Heart
Foundation website: https://www.irishheart.ie/iopen24/stroke-t-7_19_76.html
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