Thursday, January 03, 2008

Cardiac Program for Punjabi-Speaking Patients

Surrey Memorial Hospital has announced the implementation of an education program specifically for heart patients who are Punjabi speakers. The eight session course is designed to meet the needs of a population at high risk:
Persons of South Asian descent are considered "two to three times more likely to develop the disease than the general population. They are also affected at a younger age."
The pilot program will be tailored to patients who have either suffered a heart attack, had heart surgery, or are considered at high risk. The latter part of this is the most important to me as i strongly believe preventing a heart attack from happening is where we have to concentrate efforts. This program will be aimed at helping Punjabis make lifestyle and behavioral changes to benefit their heart. This program was funded by a $100,000-donation from Sun Life Financial, which is a pivotal point because without the monetary support, many of these program specific to minority and non-English speaking groups will not be developed.

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