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St. George’s Seniors Participate in Health City Study

Seventeen members of the senior community of St George's visited Health City Cayman Islands to participate in the "Cafe Study", (Cayman Islands Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly study). This a stroke prevention study which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean and aims to check for the presence of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) in adults 65 years and older using pulse palpation technique and recording an ECG using an iPhone. AFib is a type of irregular heartbeat which causes blood to pool in the heart and leads to clot formation. Clots can then break off and be carried to the brain, causing a stroke. AFib is more common in the elderly and makes a person 5 times more likely to have a stroke. Many patients are asymptomatic, hence the reason for conducting this study. As such, members of the Cayman community have been invited to help beat the odds of having an AFib-related stroke by attending a free screening. The screenings are non-invasive, powered by an iPhone app that reads your pulse vibrations. It is quick and painless, and requires only 7-10 minutes of a person’s time. As a result, the data collection for everyone in the St. George’s group just lasted approximately one hour. Persons identified with 'Afib' would be contacted by the hospital. Members were invited to visit the hospital's chapel by Charles Bush, a member of St George's.