Look after your Heart to prevent one of the country’s biggest killers

Coronary Heart Disease is one of the country’s major causes of death and a free healthcare event will be offering advice on how to prevent this condition.

Specialist doctors and nurses will be explaining how to ‘Look after your Heart – the facts about Coronary Heart Disease’ during the session at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Hospital Governors and the Cardiology Team have organised the talk on Thursday, May 18, to raise awareness of the condition and how to prevent it.

More than 73,000 deaths in the UK are caused by Coronary Heart Disease each year and there are an estimated 2.3 million people living with the condition.

The West Norfolk area has some of the highest rates of CHD in the county and numbers are set to rise in the coming years unless action is taken.

One of the event’s key speakers is one of the hospital’s cardiology nurses, Kate Sidell.

She said: “Coronary Heart Disease is one of the major causes of death in this country. Lifestyle plays a big part in developing the condition such as smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, lack of exercise and poor diet.

“We have a pretty steady referral rate with between 600 and 700 people being referred to the service each year.

“We are hoping that people will come along to the event to learn more about how to prevent the condition.”

She  will be discussing the two types of heart attack along with different pathways of care available along with giving an overview of high risk factors.

Consultant, Dr Rajah Nata, is also taking part in the event when he will give an overview of the management of the condition along with imaging and interventions.

Dietician Louise Knowland will be looking at diet when she talks about ‘Eating to promote a healthy heart’.

This free healthcare event will be held at the Hospital’s Inspire Centre, which is close to the mini roundabout on Gayton Road, and also includes refreshments. Visitors are asked to attend from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Places are limited.

Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Foundation Trust Membership Officer Mary Denmark by calling 01553 613142 or email mary.denmark@qehkl.nhs.uk

 

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