Caring for your heart
Caringforyourheart.org is an online resource and DVD bringing together medical and Islamic advice to help you improve your lifestyle and strengthen your heart. This section will tell you more about the project itself - to find out more about how to care for your heart visit the website.
In partnership with Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust and Health Launchpad at the Young Foundation, we have been working closely with health practitioners, local community organisations, patients and many more to produce this unique resource with the aim of combating cardio-vascular disease (CVD).
This resource offers advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet. On the CVD website you can also:
- Watch films in English, Punjabi and Urdu
- Find recipes for healthy meals
- Learn about useful exercises you can do at home
- Read the stories of others and share your own experience of how heart disease has affected you and those close to you
You can also find useful information about locally available exercise groups (including women-only groups), expert patient groups, cooking sessions and more.
If you would like a copy of the Caring for Your Heart DVD, which contains the films, recipes, and all the information above, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. It can be useful for GPs or medical practitioners, community organisations, or private individuals.
Maslaha focused on the Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green area of Birmingham, with an 80 per cent BME community – the majority of which are Pakistani (80%). The PCT has identified significant problems in these areas, including:
- Poor quality infrastructure, with many surgeries occupying converted houses poorly suited to their purpose
- Little change in services since the 1970s
- Some GPs seeing as many as 50 patients in three hours, despite long waiting hours
- High unnecessary prescription of antibiotics
- A vast proportion of patients do not need to see a GP, but visit because of reasons such as psycho-social problems, free prescriptions, worry, and little knowledge of how to manage own health
According to practitioners, the highest risk group is men in their 40s, however women also play a pivotal role as they tend to be more motivated than men and are often in charge of diet. The typical vicious circle leads to a combination of poor diet, high salt intake, smoking and a lack of exercise contributing towards weight gain leading to abdominal obesity, which South Asians are particularly prone to.
The website and DVD is actively being used by Amaanah Surgery, two schools in the local area and through a local youth organisation called Comm:Pact.
Dr Khalid, who is a partner in Amaanah surgery, said: "This has been the most useful health intervention we have used as it reaches patients directly. There has been a real demand for the DVDs and when we have marketed the website, I know there has been a real surge in use."
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