Interior Health wants to have a heart-to-heart with East Kootenay residents about cardiovascular disease.
A new cardiac education series has been expanded to Kimberley, Invermere, Creston and Golden.
IH is hosting the sessions to help people at risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack survivors.
Central Okanagan Association for Cardiac Health coordinator Jacqueline Gabelhouse says their goal is to improve lifestyle choices.
“We need to do whatever we can to regress the rate that the disease moves forward, so we have to make changes and we have to take care of our health,” Gabelhouse says. “Heart disease affects one in three of us and we can do a lot with prevention.”
Gabelhouse says the program gives residents access to heart specialists without having to leave town.
“Not every town may have the expertise or the knowledge of some of the newest cardiac medications that they are taking and be able to give them the time specific to what their concerns are,” Gabelhouse says. “The participants really enjoy working as a group and listening to other people’s stories as well.”
The six sessions are held through video conference and require a doctor’s referral.
In Kimberley, its available 11:30 AM every Monday at the Medical Clinic.
The program is open to heart attack survivors or anyone considered high risk for cardiovascular disease.
Gablehouse says nearly half of IH’s cardiac referrals come from rural areas.
– Central Okanagan Association for Cardiac Health Coordinator, Jacqueline Gabelhouse