Experts open up their hearts

Cayman Heart Fund’s Heart Health Fair takes place this Saturday and a range of experts will be on hand giving lectures throughout the day to help individuals learn how to keep your heart healthy.

Taking place at the Family Life Centre on Walkers Road from 9am to 3pm, this free event has two sets of 20 minute lectures running simultaneously at the Centre.

Room One’s lectures begin at 9.30am with a hard hitting look at how smoking affects the heart. Christine Sanders from the Cayman Islands Cancer Society will give a presentation ‘Let’s kick butt’. It is, in particular, a lecture not to be missed for those who smoke.

Lots of important heart health related topics follow throughout the day, including a presentation by Peter Hughes from the Cayman Islands Red Cross on public access to defibrillators and heart issues as they relate to women, given by Dr. Marcus St John of Baptist Health. Lectures in Room One conclude at 2.30pm with a look at Trans fat – the new evil presented by Registered Dietician Simone Sheehan.

Simone’s lecture also begins the day in Room Two at 9.30am, so visitors have two chances to attend this important session.

Room Two’s lectures also include a look at whether your kidneys are OK, given by Dr. Fritz Hendriks, Chairman of the Cayman Islands Kidney Foundation. Another must-attend is Dr. Mandeep Mehra’s presentation titled Obesity: a 21st Century epidemic, a worrying topic on many people’s lips right now.

Jennifer Williams from Generali Worldwide will also be delivering a thought-provoking session questioning whether you have enough medical coverage.

‘This is just a taster of the wide variety of sessions we have lined up for the Heart Health Fair,’ said Dr. Sook Yin, Medical Director at the Cayman Heart Fund.

‘Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the Cayman Islands and so no-one can afford to miss this opportunity to educate themselves on such a vital subject.’