Healthy heart information day to be held in Forfar

A FREE health information day aimed at people living with long term conditions is to be held in the Reid Hall in Forfar on Thursday, April 25, and members of the Angus community are invited to put the date in their diaries.

The Angus Long-term Conditions event is an ideal opportunity for people to access information and increase their understanding about a variety of long term conditions including heart disease and stroke. Coronary heart disease is one of Scotland’s biggest killers and stroke is the main cause of disability in the community.

Information on a wide range of topics that promote health and improve well-being will also be available at this community event.

On the day, visitors will have the opportunity to visit Angus Cardiac Group’s stand and chat with members of the Cardiac Group who will be able to offer advice and information about peer support and its benefits. Angus Cardiac Group supports cardiac care and rehabilitation in Angus and is very involved in promoting exercise classes for people with any long term conditions.

The FAST (Face, Arms, Speech) Test campaign which has been running in Tayside, in conjunction with Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS), highlights the importance of knowing the symptoms of stroke and seeking medical help quickly. There are still too many patients who put off getting help and wait more than three hours from the onset of the signs of a stroke before seeking medical assistance.

High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. It can be measured with a simple test but many people do not understand the link between high blood pressure and stroke and heart disease and the importance of having their blood pressure checked. At the event health professionals will be offering blood pressure checks and will be available to explain what blood pressure test readings mean.

As well as helping to prevent disease, regular exercise also helps people to live better with their long term health condition. Angus Cardiac Group encourage taking regular exercise and Angus Council Leisure Services offer seated, circuit and gym based classes which are suitable for all abilities.

Gordon Snedden, chairman of Angus Cardiac Group, said: “I would urge people who are living with a long term condition or are caring for someone with a long term condition to come along to the Angus Long-term Conditions Event on 25 April. At the event they will be able to find out how they can help themselves to prevent ill-health or manage any long term condition they may have better so that they or the person they care for can live a happier and healthier life.”