The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc. (HSFB) is a non-profit organization registered under the Companies Act 1982 of Barbados registration number 269 and under the Charities Act 1979-2 registration number 82. The Foundation came to fruition thanks to the shared initiatives of The Lions Club of Barbados South, through its Health and Social Services Committee, then under the chairmanship of Mr. H. (Dru) Symmonds SCM, J.P., and the then Dr Trevor Hassell, Cardiologist, who was at that time Head of the Department of Medicine and of the Cardiac Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados. The Foundation was founded in 1985 as the Heart Foundation of Barbados and in 2006 embraced stroke prevention and management to become the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados.
The Mission of the HSFB is:
“To promote and support heart health and reduce suffering and death from heart disease and stroke.”
Our Cardiac Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation Programme (CDP&R) programme, established in 1994 is a stand-alone outpatient community-based facility, officially recognized by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The programme provides specific rehabilitation through regular prescribed and monitored exercise, dietary and psychological counseling and the education of persons who have had heart surgery, a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke or are at special risk of the foregoing.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados supports the World Stroke Organisation advocating for population-wide prevention strategies; improved and cost-effective screening and management of stroke risks and the development of regional and national stroke strategies that address prevention as well as treatment and support in all ages. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados marked World Stroke Day on Thursday 26th October 2017, wearing blue in support of reducing the prevalence of stroke. Lectures on the risk factors of stroke and nutritional advice were provided by Dr. Shane Drakes, Specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and Kimberley Rudder, Nutritionist respectively.
Our programme is inclusive to stroke survivors of all ages and along with our Specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and nutritionist our clients receive treatment and input from our Speech & Language therapist and are also offered sessions in Reiki.