The Heart and Stroke Foundation is continuing its education programme as part of
the observance of Stroke Awareness Month.
One such activity was the blood pressure screening clinic held recently at one of
the country’s supermarkets. “The event aimed to raise awareness about stroke
prevention and promote heart-healthy lifestyles across Antigua and Barbuda. A
dedicated team of medical practitioners, students from the American University of
Antigua (AUA) and St. Anthony’s Secondary School, enthusiastic volunteers, and
our mascot Arter, joined forces to provide essential education on recognizing the
signs of a stroke and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels,” the association
said in a media release.
The event was part of the Heart & Stroke Foundation's ongoing outreach
programme, which focuses on inspiring and empowering individuals to lead heart-
healthy lives. By offering free blood pressure screenings, the Foundation sought to
detect potential health concerns early and provide participants with valuable
information on managing their blood pressure effectively.
“Over a hundred residents stopped by – the two stations – contributing to its
resounding success. Participants learned about the warning signs of a stroke and
received valuable insights into maintaining healthy blood pressure, crucial for
preventing cardiovascular diseases. One such resident is Lennie Josiah,” the
“This event is very timely. For young doctors and volunteers to be here in the
public assisting with free medical checks is admirable. I will defend your efforts
continually. My experience today is beyond measure. This team will go places;
you have the know-how and a good caliber of people,” Josiah said.
Dr. Georgette Meade, cardiologist, and spokesperson for the Heart & Stroke
Foundation, expressed her satisfaction with the event's outcome.
"We are thrilled with the overwhelming response we received for this initiative. By
increasing awareness and offering vital information on stroke prevention and blood
pressure management, we hope to inspire positive lifestyle changes that will have a
lasting impact on the health and well-being of individuals across Antigua and
Barbuda," said Dr. Meade.