Rugby stars in call for Irish men to take better care of their hearts

One in four men do not consider heart health a priority, despite cardiovascular disease being a leading cause of premature death in males.



Peter Stringer et al. standing in the grass: Irish international rugby players Peter Stringer and Malcom O’Kelly promote the campaign (Michael Chester/PA)


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Irish international rugby players Peter Stringer and Malcom O’Kelly promote the campaign (Michael Chester/PA)

Data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that almost 30% of all premature deaths in 2018, in those under 65, were from cardiovascular conditions, such as hear attacks and strokes.

Almost three quarters of those deaths, 73%, were in men.

Despite this, an Ipsos MRBI poll, for the Irish Heart Foundation, has revealed that 28% of men

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While your first job as a teen or in your early 20s probably isn’t a good predictor of your future success — Jeff Bezos got his start flipping burgers at McDonald’s, and Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered newspapers — it could be an indicator of your heart health later in life, a new study suggests.

Last Friday, researchers from the University of Cambridge, Bristol, and the University College London’s Social Research Institute published a health and socioeconomic study of more than 12,000 British study participants over the span of several decades. Their findings, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and

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