The time of year has come again where it is customary to don an item of green clothing and indulge in delicacies like champ and Irish stew. That’s right, it’s St. Patrick’s Day!
Saint Patrick’s Day became a public holiday in Ireland in 1903 and is celebrated on March 17th every year. The day marks the death of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, who is said to have brought Christianity to Ireland and rid the country of snakes.
In honour of St. Paddy’s day, we might not have a pot of gold to offer, but we are sharing ways that you can celebrate this occasion without doing any damage to your heart.
Go Easy on the Guinness
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is recognised for heavy drinking, as historically, the day was celebrated with a break from Lent restrictions of food and alcohol.
While a little tipple on St. Paddy’s day is unlikely to cause you much harm, it is important to be aware of your limits and the effect that excessive alcohol consumption can have on your heart. High Blood Pressure is a key long-term outcome of heavy drinking, sadly affecting around one million people in Ireland. If untreated, high blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular disease, increasing your risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.
Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week, preferably spread over 3 or more days. So, if you’re planning to extend your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations over a week, this may be something to bear in mind.
Heart Healthy St. Paddy’s Day Dinner
A big part of the St. Paddy’s day festivities is the traditional Irish food that is consumed throughout the day. Whether you choose to dine on Steak and Guinness pie, Irish Stew and soda bread or corned beef and cabbage, it is important to consider the effects that over-indulging on certain foods can have on your heart.
Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for lowering your risk of developing heart disease, but this does not mean you have to completely cut out your favourite Irish delicacies. Simply amending some ingredients or swapping them for a healthier alternative will make a difference.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
We’d like to wish you a happy St. Patrick’s day from the defibshop Ireland team and hope that you celebrate in style.
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