Medical students in training screened visitors to K in Kortrijk on Saturday. The aim was to promote a healthy lifestyle.
You could find the students of BeMSA Kulak (Belgian Medical Association) on Saturday at K in Kortrijk for their Heart for Life. BeMSA is a student association consisting of students of medicine and biomedical sciences at KU Leuven Kulak.
“We organize events and try to have a positive impact on healthcare in our region during our training,” says Juliette Houvenaghel. “We screened people over 40 for free on Saturday for the presence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. After all, many people are not aware of the risk factors.”
The students also provided advice to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and tips for lifestyle adjustments. Things that were literally mapped out by the students are BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure. “People were quite willing to undergo some tests,” says Houvenaghel. “They could then go to a doctor who calculated the percentage risk of cardiovascular disease. We are still studying, I am in my second year of medicine. That is why the doctor assisted us.”