Activities help Cayman get heart smart

A triple whammy of heart health-related activities meant that all parts of the Cayman community had the chance to update their heart health knowledge during March’s Heart Smart Week.

Beginning with their annual Cardiac Symposium held in St. Matthews University, Cayman Heart Fund welcomed over 200 healthcare practitioners to the event, each of whom received three hours of continuing medical education. Top cardiologists gave vital presentations in the latest practices and procedures relating to their specific field.

The Red Dress Learn and Live Luncheon held the following day at Grand Old House was a sold out event and 210 ladies all dressed in red were present in full force to reinforce the message that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer. All were eager to learn what they could do about changing the course of this disease. Dr. Nancy Eklund, founder of the Miami Center for Holistic Healing, gave a presentation on stress, hormones and heart disease in women.

On the same day businesses and schools supported the Red Dress Down Day, with cheques already rolling in from various entities on island, all happy to pay for the privilege of dressing in red for the day.

Cayman Heart Fund’s finale event was the ever-popular Heart Health Fair held in the ARC in Camana Bay sponsored by Dart and Camana Bay together with booth sponsors. Over 800 people in the community attended the fair, which was held between 8am – 2pm Out of that number, over 300 children and adults were screened for their blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure readings, all of whom now “know their numbers”.

Dr. Sook Yin, Medical Director of Cayman Heart Fund says they picked up a significant number of attendees who didn’t know they had high blood pressure or diabetes.

Governor Duncan Taylor and his wife attended and were screened, as well as Rooster Talk show host Gilbert Mclean.

Booth exhibitor the Blood Bank had a record sign up for any one day, signing up 28 new donors, while Vigoro’s Nursery donated a live plant to each of them. A great number of people turned up to listen to our local and international speakers who presented on interesting topics on cardiovascular disease.

Yin says she believes the three-day series of events really brought the message home to the Cayman community that CVD is preventable if risk factors are identified and a healthier lifestyle change is made accordingly.

“The very fact that an hour before the Fair open, people were queuing up wanting to be screened, is testimonial that such a programme is very much needed in our community. For some of them, this is the only avenue where they can come to get this sort of check-up for free,” she confirms.

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Governor’s wife Mrs. Taylor gets her blood pressure checked.

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