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Delivering the MyAction programme in different populations: Galway, Republic of Ireland

December 2013 Br J Cardiol 2013;20(suppl 3):S1–S19 doi:10.5837/bjc.2013.s08

Delivering the MyAction programme in different populations: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Irene Gibson, James Crowley, Jennifer Jones, Claire Kerins, Anne Marie Walsh, Caroline Costello, Jane Windle, Gerard Flaherty, on behalf of Croí MyAction team

Abstract

Background Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single most common cause of death in Ireland, with diseases of the circulatory system accounting for 33.5% of deaths.1 While there has been a significant decline in death rates over the last 30 years, CVD mortality rates in Ireland remain high in comparison with European averages.2 There is compelling evidence that managing risk factors through lifestyle intervention and cardioprotective drug management can reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality by up to 90%.3 In Ireland, high-risk approaches to prevention have traditionally targeted those with established heart disease, yet there are many

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