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Farmers Have Hearts: Cardiovascular Health Programme

18 June 2020
Type Report

Farmers Have Hearts: Cardiovascular Health Programme - Detailed and Summary Baseline Reports.

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Farmers Have Hearts - Cardiovascular Health Programme (FHH-CHP) is a comprehensive health intervention targeted at Irish male farmers. The FHH-CHP consisted of a baseline health check, a health behaviour change intervention and a repeat health check at 52-weeks. The overall goal of the programme is to advance public health knowledge through original research that assesses the effectiveness of a health behaviour change programme among Irish farmers in terms of follow-up use of health services; sustainable health behaviour change; and reduced CVD risk.

The research found that 74% of male farmers have four, or more, risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This means they are three times more likely to have an acute cardiac event (stroke or heart attack) compared to those with fewer risk factors. 75% of all farmers participating in the research were advised to visit their GP to get further support and advice. 

These findings come from a study involving Teagasc, the National Centre for Men’s Health (NCMH) at IT Carlow, the Irish Heart Foundation, Glanbia Ireland, the HSE and UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences. Details can be found in the summary and detailed reports below.

View reports below:

Farmers Have Hearts - Detailed Baseline Report (PDF)

Farmers Have Hearts - Summary Baseline Report (PDF)


Infographic showing the Farmers Have Hearts - Cardiovascular Health Programme Baseline Results 2020 - FFH-CHP Infographic