12th September 2012
A collection of national campaigns designed to promote looking after the heart will take place this September, and Spire Southampton Hospital is getting involved with a focus on heart health.
Hospital Director Jane Whitney-Smith said, “Last year we carried out 550 cardiac procedures at the hospital, and though the rate of strokes and heart conditions has decreased steadily in recent years it is still a very real issue. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to actively promote how you can look after your heart with a range of events.”
Whether it’s specific information on hospital services, advice on particular issues such as cholesterol, giving up smoking and how you can help prevent heart conditions, there is something for everyone coming up in the next few weeks.
Specialist Cardiology Manager Steve Robinson, who will also be featured on billboard adverts throughout Southampton in September, will be hosting a cardiac Q&A session where people can get free advice on their heart concerns, as well as a sports club demo event for the cardiac screening service.
The fifth theatre, which was completed earlier this year and has been in use for a number of weeks, will be officially opened by popular actress Sarah Parish. Sarah spent some time at the Spire Southampton Hospital observing heart surgery, in preparation for her role as a cardiac surgeon in the television series ‘Monroe’ which aired in 2011.
Staff at the hospital will be invited to a ‘heart healthy lunch’ event where they can have their blood pressure checked, get advice on improving their lifestyles, and enjoy a delicious lunch of heart healthy foods.
Experts from the hospital will also be providing advice and information on various lifestyle changes that can help improve the health of your heart, including nutrition and fitness.
Jane continued, “Perhaps you want to give up smoking to get into exercise but aren’t sure where to start, or you’ve been getting palpitations and want a bit of advice. Whatever your concern we have professionals who can help and opportunities over the next few weeks to get the information you need.
“By making small lifestyle changes people can make a real difference to their health, and we think that kind of advice is invaluable. We want to help people see what steps they can take to help protect themselves in the long term.”