George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, recently raised the issue of heart disease within local communities with the Cabinet Secretary for Public Health, Michael Matheson. During Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy question time, George asked the minister ‘what action is being taken in local communities to reduce heart disease’. Mr Matheson responded, outlining that the government is acting to reduce smoking rates, excessive alcohol consumption and will tackle obesity in our communities.
George said, “Paisley recently became a heart town as part of the Have a Heart initiative. I believe that initiatives like this will encourage and promote health living within our local area. Now that we are a heart town, we are part of the British Heart Foundation’s programme to target healthier living in areas where there is a high level of coronary heart disease and to get people to take action to improve their overall health.
‘Everyday, medicine and science are moving forward with new and innovative procedures which continue to treat and even cure many heart problems; keyhole heart surgery is making it easier to operate on patients after they suffer a heart attack. While this news is great for people in need of medical care, our aim as a government, MSP’s and just as people, is to prevent people for needing these procedures.
‘I am a firm believer in preventative medicine and education. The governments approach to this issue is helping educate people to take a more active role in changing their own lifestyles for the better and to move away from activities which could be detrimental to their health.”