Indus proudly hosted the last of the RBC- Cardiovascular Screening Clinic on June 30th in the GTA, at its Seniors Services location at 245 Queen Street East in Brampton. A total of 90 members of the South Asian community were screened for four modifiable risk factors for heart disease and stroke, namely: waist circumference, blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and cholesterol levels. They received medical consultation from registered nurses and nutrition-related counseling from certified nutritionists supporting the clinic.
The event was attended by many dignitaries including MP Kamal Khera, MP Ruby Sahota, MP Sonia Sidhu and Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. Gurpreet Malhotra, CEO of Indus welcomed the guests and acknowledged the many partnerships that the agency has with various levels of government, enabling the agency to offer the various programs and services in the community. Darrel Reid, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation welcomed the gathering, and acknowledged RBC for their continued support of the project, through which they have screened over 7000 South Asians for potential risk of heart disease and stroke. Dolly Kamdar representing RBC was presented with a plaque thanking them for their support. Dr. Sonia Anand, Researcher, McMaster University and Co-Principal Investigator of the Canadian Alliance of Healthy Hearts and Minds did a brief presentation about her research on heart health, emphasizing the need for early screening and intervention. The dignitaries later got a guided tour of the facilities, and met with the clients of Indus’s Adult Day Services.