Irish Heart Foundation's Go Red For Women 2010 Campaign

Here I am, supporting the Irish Heart Foundation's Go Red For Women 2010 campaign which was a RED ALERT to the women of Ireland that heart disease is not just a man's disease.

Left to right: Martina Stanley, Fair City actress who plays Dolores Molloy, TV3 presenter Sinead Desmond, former Miss World Rosanna Davison, heart patient Charlotte Heaphey, Nessa Childers MEP, Hazel Kaneswaran

Heart disease is the biggest killer in Ireland claiming 10,000 lives each year - that's more people than die from cancer, road deaths and suicide combined. But even though just as many women as men die from heart disease, more women are worried about breast cancer yet they are 7 times more likely to die from heart disease.

I was delighted to support this important campaign. The Irish Heart Foundation works hard to prevent people developing heart disease by encouraging people to eat well, get active, have regular cholesterol and blood pressure checks and by stopping smoking. And of course it is important to make people aware of the risk factors you can't change such as age, gender and family history.

There is hardly a family in Ireland that has not been affected by heart disease, including my own. As a mother and working mum, I know how busy life can be and quite often many women are guilty of looking after everyone else's health but their own. I hope after this campaign more women will understand their risk factors and make time to look after their own health.

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