Health Monitor


A free yoga class specifically for grief will be held at Wellness Within at the Enjoy Centre tonight from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The class will focus on chest and shoulder opening postures, says yoga instructor Jen Shymko.

As space is limited, pre-registration is required by calling Wellness Within at 780-651-7365.

Treatment administered before cardiac patients even get to the hospital prevents heart damage, says research by Alberta cardiologists.

Recently published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, the study of more than 2,200 patients highlights the life-saving benefits of the Vital Heart Response system.

Cardiologists and EMS work in tandem to diagnose the patient while en route to the hospital. They decide whether to inject a clot-buster on the spot, or to mobilize a hospital team to perform an emergency procedure such as angioplasty.

“If you receive fibrinolysis (a clot-busting drug) within the first hour of symptoms, you have roughly a 30 per cent chance of aborting a heart attack with minimal, if any, heart muscle damage,” says Dr. Kevin Bainey, one of the study’s authors.

Northern Alberta has the country’s lowest 30-day mortality rate from heart attacks at 4.9 per cent. The national average is seven per cent.

Families and caregivers will have access to the latest research and other resources on mental health, brain injury, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and disabilities, through webcasts by the government of Alberta.

The four-part learning series includes:

Alberta Brain Injury Initiative series – Information on brain injuries and available supports for people who have a brain injury but may not be diagnosed. The first session – Brain Injury 101: What is a brain injury? – will be on Jan. 29.

Children’s Mental Health Learning series – Current and emerging research on the adolescent brain and mental health and wellness challenges for youth. The next session on Feb. 3 is about supporting children and adolescents with severe anxiety issues.

Employment First series – Explores how people with developmental disabilities can reach their full potential through employment. The next session on Feb. 4 will be discussing self-employment.

FASD learning series – An education and training initiative of the province’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan. On Feb. 18, the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate will discuss its services and supports for young people with FASD.


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