Members of the public are being invited to avail of a quick and non-invasive free heart health check at The Irish Heart Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit, which will visit Mitchelstown on Friday, 22nd November (10am to 2pm).

Nurses will offer locals a blood pressure check, a pulse check, heart health information and lifestyle advice in the unit’s professional consultation rooms.

80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable so it is important that the public take the opportunity to receive their free check and advice.

By next year, the total number of people in Ireland with high blood pressure is predicted to be more than 1.2 million, so the Irish Heart Foundation is urging people in Cork and nearby.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Marese Damery, Health Check Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke in Ireland. It is a symptomless killer but once identified it is very manageable.

“Through the Mobile Health Unit’s heart health check, we would like the public to know what their blood pressure is and know that a normal blood pressure reading is around 120 over 80.

“We look forward to meeting people at the Mobile Health Unit. Our nurses will provide free blood pressure checks, pulse checks and give lifestyle advice on how to make positive changes for your heart health.”

The Irish Heart Foundation’s heart health checks are free, and the charity encourages all adults aged 18 and over to have their blood pressure checked.

For more information about the Mobile Health Unit, sponsored by Pfizer Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit or call the Irish Heart Foundation at 01 6685001.