Did you know that... ?
Did you know that the impact of cardiovascular disease on health is often underestimated? Did you know that this group of diseases is the leading cause of mortality in the Western world and did you know that there are actually many ways to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease?
Heart for Life is an annual awareness campaign that aims to educate people about the danger of cardiovascular disease. Committed medical students gather at the Library de Krook to measure the blood pressure of passers-by and estimate their cardiovascular risk based on sports and eating habits, blood pressure and smoking habits. The students give personalised advice on exercise and healthy eating, and they hand out brochures from the Belgian Cardiology League. Everyone is welcome to learn about how to become a healthier version of themselves.
The students attended an introductory lesson, given by Prof Dr cardiologist E. Rietzschel of UZ Gent, on the aetiology of cardiovascular diseases and how to explain prevention to passers-by. Students also receive a (refresher) course on blood pressure measurement. In this way, quality is guaranteed for passers-by and students. So prior knowledge is not required from the students. It is the ideal opportunity to practice the skills of a future doctor.
Where and when does Heart for Life take place?
At first, it was a support project for Studio Brussel's Music For Life. Meanwhile, it has grown into an annual event that also takes place in other university cities such as Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp and Hasselt.
This year's edition will take place on Saturday, November 4 at De Krook Library. Feel free to pop in, no need to book !
More information can be found in the Facebook event.