Document 16270

Newsletter of Angus Cardiac Group – Winter Edition (8)
Page 1:
Message from
the Chair.
ACG contact
Page 2:
Its a Success.
Angus Health
Page 3;
Healthy Living
Page 4:
Xmas at the
Hi Folks....
I hope you all enjoyed yourself at the Christmas Lunch! Unfortunately I was unable to
attend as I was still on antibiotics for a stubborn chest infection and did not want to
make anyone else unwell.
The last year has been a very eventful one...many joint fundraising events, sponsored
walks, bbqs and speaker evenings...and seen the standing down of a much respected
leader…Tom ....then of course my new appointment as your chairman. I can assure you
of my full attention when I am on the mend and I am at present just recovering from my
operation. I had my operation on the 24th January. My thanks to all of you for
continued support, visits, cards and of course my email contact with you all is much
appreciated. It makes me more sure than ever our group is helpful to patients and carers.
I am missing everyone and can’t wait to be well enough to get back in among you all.
2008 will be a busy productive year with many of us giving a little back to the medical
and nursing profession that we are all so grateful to have benefited from at some
time. We are all aiming for one goal of support and encouragement of each other. Angus
is a richer area because of support groups like ours and as we move towards 2008 I very
much hope we can maintain a united front and continue the good work of ACG.
Page 5:.
Page 6:
Good health and much happiness.. and happy new year to you and yours and I look
forward to seeing you soon...
Mary B
Recipes, Quiz
Page 7:
The smoking
ban - how
effective has it
Valentine Treat.
Page 8:
Christmas from
Angus Cardiac
And finally….
Mary Ballantyne
01307 850330
[email protected]
Vice Chair
Gordon Snedden
01307 462045
[email protected]
Vice Chair
John Dean
01674 660424
Jennifer Hedge
01307 477718
[email protected]
Vicki Brighton
01674 6748174
[email protected]
Jennifer McArtney
Lawrie Gallacher
01382 535357
01241 876378
[email protected]
[email protected]
Sam Connelly
Ken Fenwick
Gordon Snedden
01307 463212
01307 464404
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
John Dean
Agnes Mitchell
01674 660424
01674 675892
Nothing but good reports
from Carnoustie!!!!
Congratulations to all
concerned with the new
class which has proved to
be successful and popular.
Melanie Third (the
instructor – pictured
middle right) has asked
me to inform you she is not
fat, she is with child.
If you would like to attend
please contact Carnoustie
Leisure Centre on 01241
The Angus Cardiac Group had a stall at the recent Angus Health Fair. This was held in the
Reid Hall, Forfar 11 – 5 pm on the 20 September 2007 and was open to anyone who
wished to drop in.
As well as advertising the aims and activities of the group, Karen Fletcher, CHD/Stroke
Prevention Co-ordinator, Pauline Crozier, Community Cardiac Nurse and Rhonda Hannah,
Community Cardiac Nurse offered mini-health checks, ably assisted by members of the
community nursing team. Alex Masson was also on hand to give first hand experience
of being a member of the group.
There was also opportunity to raise awareness of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease
and advertise what to do in an emergency situation, should you suspect someone of having
a heart attack or stroke.
The mini-quizzes on blood pressure, healthy workout, cholesterol and fats proved popular and
prize draws took place for all quizzes completed. Prizes included pulse watches, pedometers
and exercise equipment.
Over 50 health checks were undertaken which gives an indication of how popular the stall was.
Well done to all those involved!
Section A
Section B
1.What type of milk do you usually use?
a. Ordinary
b. Semi skimmed
c. Skimmed
7.How many slices of bread (Or equivalent in
rolls or chapattis, etc,) do you eat most days?
a. 6 or more
b. 4-5
c. 2-3
d. 1 or less
2. How do you spread margarine or butter on
a. Thickly
b. Medium
c. Thinly
3. How often do you eat biscuits, cakes or
pastries in a week?
a. 6 or more times
b. 3-5 times
c. Once or twice
d. Very occasionally or never
4. How often do you eat sweets, chocolates
or confectionery in a week?
a. 6 or more times
b. 3-5 times
c. Once or twice
d. Very occasionally or never
5. How often do you eat chips or crisps in
a. 6 or more times
b. 3-5 times
c. Once or twice
d. Very occasionally
6. How often do you eat sausages, meat pies
or burgers in a week?
a. 6 or more times
b. 3-5 times
c. Once or twice
d. Very occasionally or never
8. How often do you eat boiled or baked
potatoes, rice, pasta or noodles in a week?
a. 6 or more
b. 3-5 times
c. Once or twice
d. Very occasionally or never
9. How many potatoes (about the size of an
egg) do you usually eat as part of a meal?
a. 5 or more
b. 4
c. 3
d. 1-2
10. How many times in a week do you eat a
breakfast cereal? *
a. 6 or more times
b. 3-5 times
c. Once or twice
d. Very occasionally or never
*Add 2 points if its whole-wheat or wholegrain
11. How many portions of fruit and vegetables
do you eat every day?
a. 6 or more
b. 3-5
c. 2
d. 0-1
Answers on page 6.
Thanks to all who attended yet another enjoyable Christmas Lunch
at the Links Hotel, Montrose. See back page for more information
about the day.
Thanks to Sandy Robertson for taking on photography duty!!
Patient Involvement
By Gordon Meldrum, member of Angus Cardiac Group (Forfar).
In the Autumn of 2004 when attending a Stroke meeting it was drawn to everyone’s attention that
the Heart/Stroke website being developed with Big Lottery Funding, urgently needed
patient/carer volunteers to access the temporary site and give feedback on content, design,
accessibility etc. I volunteered and was welcomed on board.
I was only one of many patients, carers and indeed professionals who agreed to do this.
The Project team leader was Mandy Andrew and my contact within the team was Mhairi
I often used spare time at home to open the site and navigate the various components and
links, noting any improvements and highlighting errors/omissions which I thought were
I usually communicated these by email but on several occasions I was asked to meet with
Mhairi for a one to one appraisal of the site. I was prepared to be questioned at length about
my comments and suggestions to ensure the team fully understood what was being said so
that changes were effective.
Because I had suffered a Heart Attack and also multiple Mini Strokes I found it relatively easy
to communicate my thoughts to the team through Mhairi.
It was obvious in my dealings with the project team that the patient and carers viewpoints
were of great importance.
That was evident when various patient representatives along with their partners/carers
attended an event at Ashludie hospital to design a logo for the site. We agreed after much
discussion that lightning flashes, because stokes and heart attacks are like being struck by a
bolt of lightning, should form the main part of the logo. Then it was suggested that the “i” of
Tayside could represent an information point symbol and so the logo developed as you see it
today with the two lightning flashes coming from Heart & Stroke to the information point
I was pleased and surprised at the outcome, after mentioning to Mhairi during a one to one
evaluation that it would be helpful to have links to the pathway you were already on at the foot
of each page to avoid having to return to the top of the page. Well, the technology people got
hold of that and developed it as an underground train journey with stations representing the
journey ahead or a return journey to where you had come from. This information was revealed
by merely hovering the mouse over the station enabling you to go there or to move forward or
back to another station until you found the next desired point on your journey.
The site was officially launched in Dundee on 9th October 2007 and is recommended to all
patients, carers and professionals as a great improvement on the information journey. The
site is not set in stone, indeed it will be regularly updated by the project team and its future
depends on us, the patients as much as anything else. If you have comments to pass which
could lead to improvements in the site presentation then use the links,
ABOUT US > CONTACT US, at the top of every page. Your comments will be welcome.
If you do not have a computer, you could take this article with you into a public Library and
ask for their assistance.
Seared Tuna with Roasted Plum Tomatoes
Servings, Preparation and Cooking Time
Number of servings: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes plus 30 minutes marinating
Cooking time: 25 minutes
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
rind and juice of 1 lime
5tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
3tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
4 fresh tuna steaks
6 plum tomatoes, halved lengthways
1 red onion, thinly sliced
Mix together the garlic, lime rind and half the juice, 2 tbsp of the oil and
1 tbsp of rosemary in a large dish. Add the tuna and coat with the
marinade – marinate for 30 minutes.
Pre heat oven to 220 degrees c/425 degrees f/gas7. Place the tomatoes
and onion in a shallow oven proof dish with the remaining rosemary.
Drizzle with the remaining oil and season. Roast in the oven for 15 to 20
minutes, until tender and lightly browned.
Lightly oil a ridged cast iron grill pan or large frying pan, heat the pan
and cook the tuna steaks for 5 to 6 minutes turning once. Serve with the
tomatoes and onion and drizzle the remaining lime juice
Comforting Chicken Soup
Cooking time:1 hour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
2 chicken breasts, diced
2 leeks, chopped
200 g potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
1.2 litre chicken stock
3 sprigs of thyme
2 bay leaves
kernels from 1 cob of sweetcorn
freshly ground black pepper
Heat olive oil in a saucepan, add onion, garlic, chicken and leeks, and sauté gently for 8
minutes without browning.
Add the potatoes, stock, thyme and bay leaves, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add sweetcorn kernels and cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove thyme and bay leaves
before serving. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=1 point
The lower your score for section A the better. Below 10 is really good. Above 25 suggests you need to reduce the amount of fat
in your diet.
The higher your score for section B the better. A score above 15 is very good. Less than 7 and changes are needed to increase
the amount of bread, cereals, potatoes, fruit and vegetables in your diet. Which means a diet, which is, overall, low in fat and high in
cereals, bread, fruit and vegetables. If your score for A is greater than your score in B then you really do need to make a change in
your diet. To help show where you can make the necessary changes look again at your answers. The questions in section A which
gave you a high score, and those in section B which gave you a low score are the areas to concentrate on.
On March 26th 2006 Scotland became the first part of the UK to go smoke-free in enclosed public places. Afterwards,
a lot of research was carried out in order to show what sort of impact this had actually had. We now know that the
smoking ‘ban’ (as most people tend to call it) has brought many positive results. For example, the experts found that
after the legislation came into force there was a 17 per cent reduction in heart attack admissions to nine Scottish
hospitals in the first year. This compares with a yearly reduction in Scottish admissions for heart attack of just 3 per
cent per year in the decade before the ban.
And this was just the start! There was also a 39 per cent reduction in second hand smoke exposure in 11-year-olds
and in adult non-smokers after the ban. This effect means that today hundreds of thousands of people are no longer
having to breathe air heavily polluted with tobacco smoke “like having a toxic rubbish-dump on fire next to where you
live” according to professor Stanton Glanz of the University of California.
Another benefit of the ban was an 86 per cent reduction in secondhand smoke in bars and clubs meaning that longsuffering bar staff were able to breathe fresh air in almost all places where they worked, bringing immediate health
benefits. Also, in the home environment, there has been an increase in the proportion of homes with smoking
restrictions and no evidence of smoking shifting from public places into the home. It’s clear that because of publicity
around the ban many people are thinking long and hard about where and when they light up.
Overall there has been high public support for the legislation even among smokers, whose support actually increased
once the legislation was in place.
Despite the success of going smoke-free, tobacco still poses a huge challenge to Scotland’s health. 35 smokers in
Scotland die every day from diseases caused by tobacco. Most Scots who smoke are hooked before they reach the
age of 16 and one in five babies are born to a mother who smoked throughout pregnancy. 18% of 15 year old girls and
12% of 15 year old boys are regular smokers and 82% of these teenagers buy their cigarettes from shops. If it’s easy
for young people to buy cigarettes it shows that enforcement of the age restriction laws is much needed. Recently the
age limit was raised from 16 to 18 and Christine Grahame MSP is currently championing the issue of licensing tobacco
sales in Scotland.
The final good news is that around 70% of smokers in Scotland want to quit! However, tobacco is addictive and many
smokers find it difficult to stop smoking. Most people need to try more than once but are likely to be more successful if
they get professional help and a quit smoking medication such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Nicotine patches are
probably the most popular. With this help you can be four times more successful in your quit attempt. Support is
offered free by Tayside Health Board. You can find your local stop smoking service by:
Speaking to your GP or Practice Nurse
Phoning the National Smokeline (a free national phone service) on
0800 84 84 84
Contacting the Tayside Smoking Helpline (calls charged at local rate) on 0845 600 9996
Bill Edwards
Senior Health Promotions Officer
Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort
Phone:01382 581374
Fishing Deals Worth Diving For
Boat or Bank Fishing
4 fish limit including soup & roll
£10.00 per person
Bring a Friend!
Spa Day Breaks at Piperdam
Why not be good to yourself?
Treat yourself to a relaxing
Spa Day at the Osprey Leisure Club.
Relax in the Swimming Pool,
Steam Room and Sauna.
Then enjoy a freshly prepared light lunch,
from our Healthy Eating Menu, while you enjoy
the beautiful
views over the Piperdam loch and Golf Course.
Members of Angus Cardiac Group and their guests enjoyed their annual Christmas Lunch at the Links Hotel,
Montrose on Thursday 13th December and continued to demonstrate their support for local cardiac services. In
welcoming those attending Gordon Snedden, one of the Vice-Chairmen of the Group, thanked the invited guests for
their support throughout the year and congratulated the members on a successful 2007.
Following the meal a number of presentations were made. Vicki Brighton, Treasurer of the Group, presented a
cheque for £200 to Catriona Laing from the Montrose branch of the Scottish Association of Children with Heart
Disorders and £750 to Karen Fletcher, CHD/Stroke Coordinator with Angus Community Health Partnership (CHP),
for the purchase of approved blood pressure monitors for a number of the GP practices in Angus.
Gordon Snedden and John Dean, also a Vice-Chairman, made presentations of pulse watches, totalling £400, to the
Angus Cardiac Rehabilitation programme.
Cardiac Rehab Nurses Zanna Christie, Rhonda Hannah and Pauline Crozier received the pulse watches for phase
3 of the programme, which they currently supervise at Stracathro Hospital and Arbroath Infirmary.
Laura Deacon, working with Angus Council Leisure, also received pulse watches for the Angus Long-term Exercise
Programme for People with Coronary Heart Disease (phase 4 of the rehab programme) currently running at leisure
centres in Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar and Montrose. Laura is one of six exercise instructors in Angus currently
qualified to conduct long-term exercise classes for people with heart disease.
Membership of the Angus Cardiac Group is open to anyone with an interest in the aims and activities of the group.
Further information is available from Gordon Snedden (01307 462045), John Dean (01674 660424) or
A member of the Angus Cardiac Group, shared an anecdote with the Editorial Team recently………
A frivolous old woman admitted to seeing six gentlemen every day.
She said “As soon as I wake up Will Power helps me out of bed, then I
go to see Jimmy Riddle and then its time for breakfast with Mr
Kellogg, followed closely by the refreshing company of Mr Tetley, or
my other friend who is only known by his initials PG!
Then comes someone I don’t like at all Arthur, you know …. Arthur Itis,
he knows he is not welcome, but insists on being here, and what is
more he stays for the rest of the day. Even then he does not like to
stay in one place for too long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After
such a hectic day I am glad to get to bed (and with Johnny Walker
too!) What a hectic life!! Oh yes, last but not least I forgot to mention
I am now flirting with Al Zheimer.
I keep thinking of the hereafter. No matter where I am, the bedroom,
the kitchen, the sitting room or the garden, I ask myself “now” what
am I here after. I hope that Will Power is your constant companion
too. And watch out for Gerry Atric.
Now if like me you have all those friends, you won’t have much time
to grumble or complain, but I am sure you will go to bed with a smile
on your face!”
Thanks to Bill Mutch,