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The Foundation is committed to being involved in many healthy lifestyle initiatives but has, since its inception, developed and currently has in place two major long-term programmes:
Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation Programme (CDP&R)
The specific rehabilitation through regular prescribed and monitored exercise, dietary and psychological counselling and the education of persons who have had heart surgery, a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke or are at special risk of the foregoing.
The Foundation presently provides a rehabilitation service free of cost to indigent patients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who have had heart surgery, a heart attack or heart failure.
Emergency Cardiac Care Programme
Under this programme Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS) training and certification is provided to laypersons, health care providers, and medical students. Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS) training and certification is provided to medical doctors and other specially selected health care workers. A Heart Saver First Aid programme provides training for the general public in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator and general first aid. There is also an intensive training course for medical, nursing and paramedic personnel on Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
All the Heart Foundation training courses under this programme are run by instructors accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA) through the use of approved training manuals and the award of AHA certificates.
Our Other Projects & Programmes Include:
Hosting Barbados Heart Week
Maintaining an up to date website - www.hsfbarbados.org
Presenting annual Healthy Lifestyle Seminar
Running Healthy Hearts Clubs for primary school children
Educational outreach through TV and national press.
Provides counselling pre and post heart operation or stroke
Tobacco Control Education