Support for Dublin’s 25,000 plus stroke survivors

by Rachel Cunningham
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Dublin’s estimated 25,380 stroke survivors are being invited to join a series of talks offering supports ahead of World Stroke Day this month. 

In advance of World Stroke Day this October 29, the Irish Heart Foundation is co-ordinating a series of expert-led online talks to support patients who need help coping with the after effects of stroke. 

Survivors, their families and healthcare professionals are invited to register for the talks, seven of which are live via Zoom and three of which will take place in the Irish Heart Foundation’s Life after Stroke Facebook group. 

The talks will span topics such as medical and lifestyle methods to reduce a patient’s chances of suffering a further stroke, how to support a stroke patient returning home from hospital, mindfulness for relaxation and stress management and state grants for stroke patients. 

Commenting on the initiative, Helen Gaynor, Head of Community Services with the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “Stroke affects the whole family. Isolation is often a major factor and some people can’t meet socially, they may have lost confidence, so talks like these where people can meet others in similar situations is very empowering.” 

Teacher Fiona Bardon, from Terenure, woke up feeling sick in August 2019 and suffered a seizure at home. Later, she was rushed to A&E, where she was told she had a stroke. 

“To say I was lost is a complete understatement; I wasn’t able to complete tasks independently,” she said. 

“I had no energy, I was hugely fatigued and I wasn’t able to regulate my emotions. I was incapable of communicating my thoughts. I was under constant supervision, so I felt like I was back to being a child.” 

For more details and to register for the talks, taking place between October 24 and October 28, visit:

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