Heart charity boosts cardiac disease detection

| 03/04/2018
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Drs Delroy Jefferson and Elizabeth McLaughlin of HSA; David Dinner and Dr Bella Beraha of CHF

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Heart Fund (CHF) has donated more than $14,000 to the Health Services Authority (HSA) to be used to train several clinical professionals in efforts to improve the detection and management of cardiac disease and heart rhythm problems. Specifically, the donation will support cardiac stress testing, an essential tool for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, which is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, stated an HSA press release.

The CHF made the donation as part of its continued efforts to help prevent and reduce early deaths, long-term disabilities and widespread suffering that heart and circulatory diseases cause in the Cayman Islands.

The cardiac stress test training programme will be offered through the University of South Wales. It is expected to help improve the evaluation process of cardiac symptoms, provide earlier and more accurate diagnosis and more effective treatment plans, said the HSA.

Further training will be offered to other relevant HSA physicians including those in cardiology and general practice, as well as clinical staff such as the emergency room nursing team. There will also be in-house training to share the knowledge acquired from the overseas programme.

“The Cayman Heart Fund is committed to improving the cardio vascular (CV) health of the Cayman Islands and we use our many programmes to achieve this which is our mission,” said Dr Bella Beraha, CHF board vice chairwoman and medical director.

“We believe that education is the backbone to creating positive change so we are delighted to contribute to opportunities such as furthering the education of our medical experts, particularly in the field of CV medicine.”

HSA medical director Dr Delroy Jefferson said of the donation: “We are very grateful for our invaluable partnership with the Cayman Heart Fund. They continue to show how passionate they are about what they do and the integral role they have in the healthcare of our country with this most recent investment – the training and education of public healthcare professionals.

“This is another wonderful example of how private-public partnerships are helping to provide the best medical care for the people of these islands.”


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