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A Multidisciplinary Approach To Heart Health 2018
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:57





The Barbados National Registry for Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (BNR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health would like to express sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses, allied health professionals as well as medical students who participated in our continuing education seminar series entitled "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Heart Health". It was held on October 1st, 2018 at The Sagicor School of Business and Management, UWI and officially opened by Dr Dexter James, CEO of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
There were seven (7) presentations comprised of question and answer sessions. The seminar was attended by a total of 54 persons. This seminar, which focused on using a multidisciplinary approach to heart health, was aspiring to inform the audience that managing heart health is not just taking medication but physical activity, diet and exercise, and being aware of the effects that smoking can have on the heart.

Mrs. Shelly-ann Forde initiated the discussion with the BNR AMI 2016 data. Showing how the BNR data can be used for research and improvements to care by referencing Translating AMI Data a study by Dr Natalie Greaves and Lisa Oxley. The presentation stated that there were 260 deaths from AMI for 2016. This sparked discussion on death certification. It was noted that the data did not include at home deaths.

Dr Damian Cohall's presentation on Marijuana, Smoking and the effects on the heart was quite interesting it presented recent research that showed a low dose of one of the chemical in marijuana can to improve heart health ('low dose' cannot be properly quantified as marijuana is an illegal substance) , however, it also showed several ways in which marijuana use and abuse can negatively affect the heart and increase the risk of young smokers to heart related conditions.

Recently appointed PI to the BNR, Dr Natasha Sobers presented her findings on 'Adverse risk factors trends limit gains in coronary heart disease mortality'. She noted that increases in risk factors such as diabetes, reduced the overall gains made by treatments in reducing CHD mortality. This engaged the audience who noted that studies needed to include the burden of the disease on finances, emotions and family.

Dr Quimby's presentation on 'A community approach to Type 2 diabetes management' showed how the diabetes reversal study protocol was being used in the community at four churches and seeing great weight loss benefits.
Senior Health Sister Hazel Buckmire-Austin's video presentation added flare to the seminar as she recounted her own AMI experience, candidly shared what she encountered and also shared some advice for health care workers.
Mr. Serrano Bandele is a pharmacist by profession and reiterated the need for medical professionals to use the services of a pharmacist when prescribing medication to a patient who might be already taking herbal supplements. He also stated that patients with illnesses should not just start taking supplements especially those supplements that had no studies done to prove the efficacy of the product.

Last, but by no means least was Dr Dawn Scantlebury who enlightened the attendees to the cardiovascular services provided at the QEH.

The seminar was also graced with the presence of our Sponsors Brydens Stokes, Carlisle Laboratories and Abbott which added a well-received aspect to the seminar.

The BNR would like to thank the presenters for their informative and creative presentations that made this seminar a success. Lastly, thanks again to our participants for your continued support and we look forward to working with you in the future.

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