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The date was May 15, 2015 at the bustling ICICI bank in Mumbai, India. ICICI bank is currently India’s largest private sector bank with a network of 4,050 branches and 13,030 ATMs. Khyati Sheth (32), an employee for ICICI bank, attended work as she normally did, except on May 15th, there was a change. Khyati was scheduled to have her vascular health tested as part of her corporate wellness offering at work. Little did Khyati realize, she was about to take a test that would provide her with a glimpse into her heart health and what her foreseeable future was if she didn’t make a positive behaviour change.

Being a banker often comes with an increased amount of stress and a busy schedule, resulting in poor lifestyle habits. This became the realization as Khyati took her first of two AngioDefender tests. After great anticipation and wondering what her outcome would be, Khyati was told she had a flow-mediated dilation1 (FMD) of 5.9%. This meant Khyati was at risk for cardiovascular disease and if she didn’t make changes to her lifestyle, that she was headed towards experiencing a cardiac event, amongst other complications. 

Dementia can be delayed or even avoided. That is the hopeful message that emerges from a large scale study published on March 12, 2015 by a group of distinguished Scandinavian researchers. The study is believed to be the first of its kind that demonstrates the positive effect of applying a number of different lifestyle changes to a chronic disease which has so far eluded cure.

The study may have huge implications for both individuals and governments worldwide as populations age rapidly and dementia is threatening to overwhelm the ability of health care systems to cope. In the UK, for example, over 800,000 people have been diagnosed with dementia and the number is expected to double in the next few years. At the moment, individuals over 75 face a one in three risk of developing dementia and up to one in four hospital beds are occupied by dementia patients.

It’s just across the Ambassador Bridge, a few hundred yards from the US border. The establishment of an office in Canada represents the start of a long journey in the development of Michigan based Everist Health. The US corporation has made a commitment to make its new heart health technology available throughout Ontario and right across the provinces that make up the vast expanse of Canada.

“We looked at a number of locations throughout Ontario, but in the end we received terrific support from the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation,” says Everist Health CEO Matt Bartlam. “They introduced us to Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare which is the perfect location from which to support both research and the development of cardiovascular wellness programs in Canada. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is repositioning itself to be a community wellness center and our office is right next door to a new cardiovascular rehabilitation center that that opened in the healthcare center in September 2015.” 

Pharmacists around the world are looking to take a larger role in traditional healthcare by prescribing products and services to keep you well. This move, driven in part by commercial motives, signals a revolution in health care systems in many countries.

In America, one of the leading pharmacy chains, CVS, signaled their intentions in 2014 by announcing they were no longer dispensing cigarettes at one end of their store while giving out prescriptions to alleviate the effects of smoking at the other end of the aisle. The move cost CVS billions of dollars in revenue, but they are quickly replacing a product that has been proven to kill their customers with easy to access walk-in Minute Clinics. The Minute Clinics offer customers “no wait” medical advice and support on how to stop smoking, as well as weight loss programs, sports physicals, flu shots and diabetes check-ups. 

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