Health screening turnout ‘disappointing’

Recent free health screening in
North Side and East End attracted more volunteers than members of the public,
to the disappointment of the organisers.

Dr. Shirley Cridland, children’s
medical director for the Cayman Heart Fund, which organised the event, said she
was “very disappointed” that only about 20 people turned up to have their blood
pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked. The next free screenings will be
in West Bay, at a date yet to be confirmed. She pointed out that when children
become overweight at an early age, the risk factors start at a younger age. The
Cayman Heart Fund hosted its annual district screening for the districts of
North Side and East End last month. A nutritionist was on hand to give advice,
and students from the St. Matthew’s University and members of the Cayman Island
Diabetes Association were also in attendance.

For the first time, the St.
Matthew’s students completed a medical screening called the Ankle-Brachial
Index – a screening test for peripheral vascular disease.

The free medical screening for
adults and children included: blood pressure testing, Body Mass Index, blood
glucose testing, cholesterol screening, educational literature, nutritional
advice, and HbA1c (diabetes) screening.

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 number one health problem in the Cayman
Islands.

 

For more information on Cayman Heart Fund, visit
www.caymanheartfund.com or email: [email protected]

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