Heart health focus of weekend events

For years, the Cayman Heart Fund has been working to reduce the instance and impact of cardiovascular disease in the Cayman Islands. Two events this weekend aim to support its cause.

The 2015 Heart Smart Health Fair.
The 2015 Heart Smart Health Fair.

On Friday, the Cayman Heart Fund and Florida-based hospital Baptist Health International are hosting the Ruby Luncheon, a semiformal event at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

Attendees are asked to wear red attire to the fundraiser, which begins at 10:30 a.m. with a women’s expo. Lunch begins at noon, when keynote speaker Dr. Yvonne Turner Johnson will speak on “Secrets of a Woman’s Heart.” Dr. Johnson is the co-medical director of the Emergency Department at Baptist Health South Florida and the emergency director of the Heart Attack Unit at South Miami Hospital.

Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for corporate tables of 10. Proceeds will help pay for a new ambulance to add to the Emergency Medical Service’s fleet.

The event is part of the Cayman Heart Fund’s annual International Symposium. On Thursday, the symposium begins with an educational program for medical professionals.

Seven international hospitals are bringing doctors who specialize in some aspect of cardiovascular disease to give talks to local health professionals.

On Saturday, a free Heart Smart Health Fair runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana Bay. It will include exhibitions from international health organizations and free cardiac risk screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index and blood sugar and cholesterol checks. Individuals interested in these screenings should not eat or snack for 10 hours prior to the screening.

The Cayman Islands Diabetes Association will provide free HBAC1 testing. Individuals with long-term diabetes are encouraged to take the test.

Those who register to become a blood donor at the event will receive a free plant courtesy of Vigoro Nursery.