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Free Health Screenings Offered to Public for Healthy Heart Month

(Hamilton, Bermuda, February 20, 2012)

As part of Healthy Heart Month, nurses from King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) will offer free health screenings in the hospital lobby between 11:00am and 2:00pm on Wednesday, 22 February 2012.

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women around the world and affects half of all Bermudians,” says Norma Smith, Director of Outpatient Services for Bermuda Hospitals Board. “While lifestyle changes are the best way to combat and prevent heart disease, people need to understand their own risk for the disease. It could be the difference between life and death.”

Research has shown that by controlling risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, weight and physical activity, the chances of developing this debilitating and sometimes fatal condition can be reduced.

Testing, carried out by a team of hospital nursing professionals, will include:
• Blood pressure
• Blood sugar
• Weight circumference
• Body Mass Index

KEMH is committed to preventing heart disease and reducing repeat heart attacks through education and testing for risk factors. Anyone who is recovering from heart disease or returning home from a heart procedure overseas can attend the hospital’s regular Cardiac Education Classes. They cover how to manage heart disease, how to become more active and what to eat for a healthy heart. Call 239-2027 for more information.

Notes to Editors

About Bermuda Hospitals Board:
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda’s second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world’s leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please log on to www.bermudahospitals.bm.

or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department:

Anna Nowak
Bermuda Hospitals Board
Telephone: 441.239.2104
Email: publicrelations@bhb.bm