Health screening success

More than 80 people turned up to undergo free medical screening provided by the Cayman Heart Fund last weekend. 

The screenings took place at the All Nations United Pentecostal Church on Saturday morning, 28 July. 

The tests included the Cayman Heart Fund’s usual test parameters, which involve checking blood pressure, height, weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and glucose, plus a computerised risk analysis and a personal consultation with a medical doctor for reviewing each person’s results.  

The organisers at Cayman Heart Fund and the church said they pleased with the enthusiastic turnout of community participants.  

Cayman Heart Fund handed out new teaching booklets on controlling hypertension and cholesterol at the screenings.  

For some participants, the screenings were the first time they had taken a cholesterol test and some learned that they may be at risk of developing cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death in the Cayman Islands. 

Among the volunteers were Jeanette Verhoeven, Celina Holness, Dr. Bel Aurelio, Dr. Bella Beraha, St. Matthew’s University faculty doctors, students, community doctors, Cayman Islands Health Services Authority lab technicians and church volunteers. 

“It was an honour to participate in such a great event. We were able to give back to the community and most important, to educate. I want to particularly thank all the volunteers, they did an amazing job,” said Dr. Beraha. 

Any other group that wants have the Cayman Heart Fund provide free medical screenings at their church, school or district community event or any doctors or medical professionals who want to assist with screenings can contact Cayman Heart Fund 916-6324 or email [email protected] 

Cayman Heart Fund handed out new teaching booklets on controlling hypertension and cholesterol at the screenings.  

Karen Bush

Health Services Authority lab technician Karen Bush, left, takes blood at the free health screening. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

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