Richard Barrett, left, had a stroke while driving a council truck, but his colleague, Paul Treacy, responded quickly to the situation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Every year more than one person an hour is struck down by stroke in Ireland. This is undoubtedly an alarming figure, so each year the Irish Heart Foun(...)

The Irish Heart Foundation runs a number of CPR courses. Photograph: Thinkstock
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  • October 29, 2015, 00:00

Would you know what to do if someone nearby had a medical emergency? According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), fear about performing CPR (card(...)

There are more than 25 billion one and two cent coins in circulation across the EU, costing more than €400 million. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images

This week, the Central Bank will publish details of how it plans to phase out one and two cent coins from widespread circulation. The coins will re(...)

A lot of people don’t realise they have high blood pressure so it is important to get checked. Photograph: Thinkstock

High blood pressure is a huge risk, so go and check it out. That was the advice from a woman who controlled her spiralling blood pressure after a c(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the health budget was still about €1 billion off its pre-bust peak.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has disputed claims made by his Cabinet colleague, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, about the size of (...)

Pupils from Sacred Heart school, Portlaoise at the opening of Páirc an Phobail. Photograph: Alf Harvey/

Parks and other public amenities play a key role in contributing to health and wellbeing, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan ha(...)

A bottle of wine contains the same amount of calories as a portion of burger and chips. Photograph: Thinkstock

It’s amazing what a focus on healthy eating can do to attract crowds! The highlight of Week 2 in the Healthy Town programme in Athlone was the cookery(...)

People say they would support a tax on sugar drinks if the proceeds were spent on initiatives promoting healthier diets among children. Photograph: Getty Images

A majority of people support the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks to help reduce childhood obesity, according to a poll for the Irish H(...)

Sheila O’Sullivan, who works with the Irish Heart Foundation and trains primary-school teachers in PE teaching. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Like many parents, Naomi del Pozo worries about how her two children are going to get the minimum hour’s physical exercise they need every day, now th(...)

(Left to right) Maura Canning, Ciara Doherty,  Fiona Coghlan, Dr Angie Brown, Kathryn Thomas and  Norah Casey at the launch of the  Irish Heart Fooundation’s Red Alert campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Almost 90 per cent of women in Ireland do not know heart disease and stroke are the biggest causes of death among females in the country, according to(...)