Report finds Irish farmers highly susceptible to cardiovascular disease

Report finds Irish farmers highly susceptible to cardiovascular disease

A new study from the Irish Heart Foundation has found that almost 80% of Irish farmers had four or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

86% of farmers tested were overweight or obese, while 82% had a family history of heart disease or stroke.

Almost half of farmers had high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol levels.

The data was gathered during free health checks offered to farmers at marts across the country.

As a result eight out of ten farmers were advised to see their GP for follow-up.

Research has found that farmers are seven times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than people working in other occupations.


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