Heart health takes centre stage

A packed programme of events will take place over
the next few days to draw attention to the health of our most vital organ – the

On Saturday, the Cayman Heart Fund holds its third
annual Heart Health Fair at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. For the
first time this year, everyone will be encouraged to become a registered blood

Dr. Sook Yin, medical director of the Cayman Heart
Fund stressed the importance of becoming a donor. “The blood bank at George
Town Hospital is in need of new donors. This is an essential life saver for
anyone who requires blood following an accident or operation and supplies are

“Those who attend the Heart Health Fair have a great
opportunity to help save someone’s life by signing up,” she said.

Every new registered blood donor will receive a
Plant for Life from Vigoro Nursery.

The Heart Health Fair will be held from 8.30am to
2.30pm and admission is free.

Adults and children can get free cardiac risk
screening, including blood pressure, body mass index, blood glucose and
cholesterol checks. Those receiving cholesterol screening should not to eat for
10 hours before the test.   

There will also be lectures and presentations,
sponsored by Subway, on issues relating to heart health by experts from Cayman,
Canada and the US. These include Cayman nutritionalist Kristin Tobin who will
talk about food for the heart and how the old saying ‘you are what you eat’
rings true for heart health. Stephen Duval will give a presentation on what to
do when you are having a heart attack.

Lecture attendees will get the chance to win heart
healthy meal vouchers from Subway. Other giveaways include a chance to win a
$1,200 executive physical donated by Baptist Health International, while
children who get screened get the chance to win a $500 Wii Sports package.

Information booths will be manned by Baptist Health
International, Johns Hopkins medical institutions, St. Matthew’s School of Medicine,
Cayman Heart Health Centre, Rotary Sunrise, local medical centres and doctors,
nutritionalists, fitness centres and others.

Rotary Sunrise will also be running a special kids’
corner to keep the little ones amused with fun activities.



Today, Thursday, 4 March, the third annual Cayman
Islands International Cardiac Symposium will be held at St. Matthew’s

Minister of Health Mark Scotland will open the event
which will include a number of lectures beginning at 6.30pm.

The symposium is open to health professionals of the
Cayman Islands, faculty and medical students of St. Matthew’s University and
nursing staff. 

It is presented by Cayman Heart Fund in conjunction
with St. Matthew’s and the Cayman Medical and Dental Society.

Speakers include Dr. Alvin Pettle of the Ruth Pettle
Wellness Center in Canada, on Women, Hormones and Heart Disease; Dr. Marcus St.
John of Baptist Health South Florida on an Update on Atherosclerosis and Novel
Screening Techniques for Coronary Artery Disease; and Dr. Charles Angell of
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions on A Patient From The Clinic… Heart Failure
With Preserved Ejection Fraction.



On Friday, 5 March, the Cayman Heart Fund will
present a Red Dress Live and Learn Luncheon from 12 noon to 2.30pm at the
Westin Casuarina Hotel at which the guest speaker will be Dr. Pettle, author of
the book Sexy Hormones. He will speak on Hormone Havoc – a Woman’s Worst Nightmare,
addressing the risk of heart disease for women going through menopause.

Friday also marks Red Dress Day where local
businesses are being asked to support and donate funds to the Cayman Heart Fund
by allowing employees to dress in red.

For more information on Cayman Heart Fund, call
928-2366 or email [email protected].


Dr. Yin