According to the World Heart Federation, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming nearly 20.5 million lives each year.
Among the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases are high blood pressure, poor diet, high cholesterol, diabetes, pollution, obesity, smoking, kidney disease, physical inactivity, harmful – alcohol consumption and stress. family history, Ethnicity, sex, and age also affect a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, according to the World Heart Federation, by promoting healthy habits in our lives, such as healthy food, exercise and stress management, 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases can be avoided.
This is how the Colombian Heart Foundation and the Colombian Society of Cardiology, supported by Pfizer, implement the educational program “Responsible Hearts of the black population”, where by this More than 350 women from Cali, Buenaventura, Quibdó and Istmina were certified during six months of training, with educational workshops and playful to prepare them as leaders of knowledge about care as a lifestyle and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
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These are the community leaders who will be the teachers of the territory, guaranteeing that the knowledge reaches at least 2,000 people in their immediate environment as an important contribution to achieve the growth of the proposal of literacy in health of communities.
“They are empowered women and leaders thanks to knowledge, they are women who learn when their behaviors put them at risk of making their hearts sick.“said Juan Carlos Santacruz, director of the Colombian Heart Foundation.
For his part, Leany Blandón, nutritionist and deputy scientific director of the entity, said that “Today there are many Afro-descendant women in the country who have clearer concepts of what food is, what nutrients it provides and the most important thing, he confirmed again, is that many of the participants changed their decisions in choosing their daily food.“.
“In the field of education, joint efforts are essential to contribute to improving the quality of life of patients. At Pfizer we work together to identify challenges for quality patient care and thus contribute to the development of sustainable solutions to address them.“said Ana Dolores Román, general manager of Pfizer Colombia and Venezuela.
This educational intervention considers three pillars of action:
- Health prevention: Using daily decisions with behavioral changes to ensure healthy behavior with care as a lifestyle.
- Analysis of signs and symptoms of diseases with cardiovascular risk – CVD: Knowledge of the body and its reactions to create early warnings against the signs and symptoms of CVD, emphasizing cardiac amyloidosis, atrial fibrillation, ischemia and vaccination as a prevention strategy. These topics are taught by expert health professionals who discuss the topics in a language suitable for the attendees with appropriate medical-scientific support.
- Access to the health system: Knowledge of health services, options for citizens and the method of accessing services in a timely manner.
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