disability, older heart disease patients

Higher rates of heart disease and disability in Northern Ireland’s over 50s
CARDI Involvement

Disability in older heart disease patients in Ireland

26th March 2015, CARDI

Older people in Northern Ireland are more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease than those in the Republic of Ireland. They are also far more likely to have a limiting long-term illness and disability, according to a study funded by CARDI launched today (Thursday 26 March 2015) in Belfast. The study was led by researchers from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast.

Key findings for over 50s

Understanding disability in older heart disease patients in Ireland

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Frank Kee, Queens University Belfast
  • Professor Frank Kee, Queens University Belfast
  • Dr Kathleen Bennett, TCD 
  • Dr John Hughes, NISRA
This research seeks to assess the extent to which disability associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) varies by age, gender and socio-economic status.

It will report on life expectancy free of CHD related disability and related inequalities and examine risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, physical activity and psycho-social factors.

It will also evaluate how differences in healthcare and welfare systems in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland impact on disability following CHD.

CARDI grant programme