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BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS TO CARDIAC REHABILITATION

November 18, 2003 9:57 AM

North Glasgow Trust has today (17 November, 2003) revealed figures which show that around 35,000 Glasgow residents suffer from heart disease.

Disappointingly many of these people have not taken up the opportunity of continued support and treatment – cardiac rehabilitation – a free service offered by the Trust following a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty or diagnosis of angina. 

In a bid to raise awareness in the community of the benefits brought by cardiac rehabilitation services and healthy lifestyle choices North Glasgow Trust has organised a Healthy Heart Fair in the Eastbank Health Promotion Centre, on 19 November.

The event in the city's east end is the first in a number of awareness raising initiatives that will be carried out across the city.

"Cardiac rehabilitation is all about helping people to change elements of their life to reduce the risk of further cardiac problems.  The event is aimed primarily at those who suffer from cardiac conditions but all are welcome to attend." Said Fiona McCluskey, Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager with the Trust.

Fiona also revealed that women are most likely to NOT attend cardiac rehabilitation classes. 

She explained: "Our statistics show that women don't attend as much as men.  The most common reason for this seems to be that women feel too busy caring for their families to make the time. 

"We are particularly keen to encourage women along to the event as we will be showing them simple and hassle free measures for healthier living."

The interactive healthy heart fair will provide residents with lots of information, practical demonstrations and advice on healthier lifestyle choices including, exercise and healthy eating. 

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A dietician will also be offering to take participants to a nearby supermarket and demonstrate how to choose the right foods to enable a healthier diet. 

Fiona said: "It's a common misconception that it is more expensive to eat healthy food.  We will be demonstrating that this is not actually the case and giving tips on how people can eat more fruit and vegetables at little or no extra cost."

Demonstrators from the Hearty Eating programme will provide tips on healthy ways of cooking, encouraging and showing people how to steam and stir-fry tasty nutritious food.

Meanwhile, cardiac rehabilitation nurses will be running a series of free seminars on the causes of coronary heart disease.

Physiotherapists and exercise counsellors will be giving advice on keeping active.

There will also be information on services available to stop smoking. A pharmacist will be available to give advice on medication.

North Glasgow Trust's cardiac rehabilitation team operate from Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the Western Infirmary, Stobhill Hospital and Gartnavel General Hospital.  The team provides support to those who have suffered heart attacks and other related conditions. 

The service is free and for those who are unable to attend the cardiac rehabilitation classes, which last around 10 weeks, a community outreach operation has been established to ensure more local provision.

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Notes to Editor:

The event will be held at Eastbank Health Promotion Centre from 10am-1pm on Wednesday 19 November.

It is free to attend and all members of the community are welcome.

Cardiac Rehabilitation patients are supported by a multidisciplinary team, including nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and psychologists, who encourage and support them in regaining and maintaining optimum health.

For further information, contact Emma Gregory on 0141 201 3964 or email [email protected]

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