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NHS Fife’s Heart Disease Managed Clinical Network (MCN) is hosting an information event at at Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline on Saturday 05 November 2016 to support people with heart disease and their carers.

The event is being rganised by the Heart Disease Patient Participation Group (PPG), which is made up of patients who have had direct experience with heart disease. Fifers affected by the condition are being invited to drop in for a cuppa between 10am and 1pm to learn more about the range of support available to patients across the Kingdom.

The event will feature information stands from professionals working across NHS Fife and members of the voluntary sectors. There will representatives from British Heart Foundation, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and Fife Sports and Leisure Trust alongside NHS Fife’s own Pharmacy and  Psychology Departments, Also in attendance will be NHS Fife’s Heart Buddies - a group of patient volunteers providing peer support to those undergoing heart cardiology treatment.

The number of deaths attributable to heart disease in Fife has fallen steadily over the last fifteen years, as patients become more knowledgeable about the condition, with increased awareness over how to help both prevent it and treat it more effectively.

Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Mark Francis, is also due to present at the event. Dr Francis said:

“Gaining an understanding of the importance of medicine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a key part of managing heart disease. Whilst we have undoubtedly made significant strides in the battle against heart disease, it is important that we continue to take our message out into the community and support not only those who are living with it on a daily basis, but also those who have the ability to take preventative steps.

“Central to this event in Lynebank Hospital is the involvement of patients and carers who have direct experience of heart disease and their experience helps us prioritise sessions that showcase the aspects of care that impact most upon patients.

“Ultimately, simple measures such as taking regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and being aware of things such as alcohol intake, smoking, blood pressure and stress can all be important in helping to ensure long term health.”

For further information on the event, contact Heart Disease Managed Clinical Network Administrator, Leanne Jannetta, on 01592 226729, or email [email protected]