The Heart Foundation of Jamaica has a weighty burden to deal with.
They are losing equipment, and no, it’s not robbery or vandalism. Some patients coming in to them are so overweight that the scales spin until they break. Equipment like the cuffs for blood pressure monitors cannot fit the circumference of their arms, and the chairs buckle under the excessive pressure.
In highlighting some of the issues at the launch of Heart Month earlier this week, Deborah Chen, executive director of the Heart Foundation, said that some persons coming in to weigh themselves and do various tests are simply extremely obese.
“We have a great problem in terms of obesity. On our mobile teams, we have to carry portable scales because the tall ones that you see in doctor’s offices can’t go on the mobile teams. These portable scales go up to 350 or 400 pounds, and sometimes, unfortunately, our scales get broken because our people are heavier. Our managers are constantly buying scales,” she said at the event, which was held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.
“I’m just showing you the extent of the problem that we have and giving you practical examples. Our blood…