The Cayman Heart Fund is starting the attack on Cayman’s number one killer – cardiovascular disease – with an epic weekend of activities, 16-19 May.
The event aims to raise awareness of heart disease, including the symptoms, the toll it takes how to prevent it and encourage the local community to be part of the Fund’s efforts to fight this disease.
The activities being Friday with the first Cayman Islands International Cardiac Symposium covering the most recent developments, techniques and treatments for heart disease. This event will bring together more than 250 medical students, doctors and nurses to provide a fuller understanding of the latest developments and approaches to cardiac treatments.
Dr. Sook Yin, event organiser and Director of the Cayman Heart Fund says: ‘While each new technique or drug brings with it significant hope that patients can live longer and healthier, it also raises a host of questions, such as how effective is it? Is it right for everyone? And if so, under what circumstances? Many of these questions will be explored and answered by our distinguished guests.’
The symposium will be held at the campus of St. Matthews University. The event is presented by the Cayman Heart Fund, Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society and St. Matthews University.
Heart Health fair
The weekend of activities continues Saturday with the first-ever Cayman Heart Health Fair at the Family Life Centre on Walkers Road from 9am to 3pm. The event is free and open to the public and will offer free cardiac risk screenings including glucose checks, body mass index (BMI) measurements and cholesterol screening (the latter requires 10 hours fasting prior to testing). There will be coffee and snacks available.
Suzy Soto, chairperson of the Cayman Heart Fund explains: ‘Individuals can also talk to a range of healthcare specialists and receive an abundance of information on keeping the heart healthy.’
Participating companies include: The Cleveland Clinic, Baptist Health International, Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Body Works, Kings Sports Centre, Cayman Physiotherapy, Flowers Bottled Water, GNC, Vigoro Nursery, Cayman Chiropractic Centre, Sagicor and Generali insurance companies.
The Cayman Heart Fund is particularly concerned with children’s health. Dr. Shirley Cridland, a Cayman pediatrician, leads the Kid’s Corner with Teri Quappe from the Ambassadors of the Environment by Jean-Michel Cousteau Programme with The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. There will be growth charts for parents to check their child’s healthy growth as well as games, the Party Mart’s bouncy castle, demonstrations, surprises and prizes for all.
The climax of the weekend of activities will take place on Monday with the inaugural 5K Discover Your Heart run. This will begin at 7am from Camana Bay. Coach Jerry Harper says: ‘There will be prizes and surprises in store for those who participate.’
Mrs. Soto says all three events will provide an important focus in different ways on having a healthy heart.
‘This weekend is a major project of the Cayman Heart Fund. It will help us to educate the public as to the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, including eating foods which benefit the heart and undertaking the right exercise,’ she said.
‘The public will also be provided with examples of the kind of peace and serenity that can be introduced which can add years to your life. We encourage everyone in our community to be part of these activities.’
Funds raised from the weekend will go towards supporting the Cayman Heart Fund in educating the public on keeping the heart healthy.
Kevin Doyle, Vice Chairman and Director of Cayman Heart Fund confirms: ‘Our aim is to help prevent and reduce the early deaths, long-term disabilities and widespread suffering that heart and circulatory diseases create for our people.’
WHO THEY ARE
The Cayman Heart Fund is a non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the reduction of heart and circulatory disease in the Cayman Islands. Heart and circulatory disease, known as cardiovascular disease is the biggest health problem in the Cayman Islands.