Archive for November, 2014

November 20-26, 2014 – Swim & Walk-A-Thon

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Swim & Walk-A-Thon
November 20-26, 2014

BWG Leisure Centre
471 West Park Ave.
Bradford, ON L3Z 0J3
905-775-7529

Join Ruth and PHriends for a week long, swimming and walking competitions fundraiser for Pulmonary Hypertension at the BWG Leisure Centre.

Competition runs from Thursday, November 20th to Wednesday November 26th at 1:00 pm.

Just to confirm the swimmers will be recognized on Thursday morning Nov 27 at 6:45am and the walkers at 10:15am in the lobby.

Registration begins Tuesday, November 18th. Entry Fee $20, pledges welcomed. The top 3 competitors in the male and female categories will receive “unique” medals for the Gold, Silver and Bronze positions!

The persons (1 Man and 1 woman in the combined categories) who raise the most money will also receive a prize valued at between $125 and $200.

Registrations Packages can be obtained at the Customer Service desk and in the Gym.

Contact Ruth or BWG for more info.

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November 27, 2014 – 6MW for Breath at BWG

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6 Minute Walk for Breath
Thursday, November 27th, 2014 – 10am-12pm
BWG Leisure Centre
471 West Park Ave.
Bradford ON L3Z 0J3
905-775-7529

For the 3rd year in a row, the BWG Leisure Centre will be hosting a 6 Minute Walk for Breath Awareness and Fundraising event for Pulmonary Hypertension to run from from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 27th in the main lobby, Community Corner of the BWG Leisure Centre.

Contact Ruth (ruth@phatoronto.ca) if you’re interested in helping her out.

What is the 6-minute walk test?
The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is an easy to perform and practical test that is used in the assessment of patients with a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases including pulmonary hypertension. It simply measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface during a period of six minutes. The test is “self-paced”, where patients select their own level of intensity, which helps to more accurately reflect “everyday activities” for each particular person*.

This test is used to measure a patient’s exercise capacity. Generally, this test will be performed when a patient is first diagnosed (gives a baseline) and then will be subsequently performed at clinic visits to measure whether the patient is doing better or worse. The patient is asked to rest for 10 minutes before the test and at this time their oxygen saturation level is measured to set a baseline.

The patient is also asked to gauge their level of dyspnea (breathlessness) prior to walking and at the end of the test. The patient then walks at their own pace, and is allowed to stop and rest as needed, for a period of 6 minutes.

Indicators such as distance walked and level of oxygen desaturation, dyspnea (breathlessness) score and other vital signs are used to measure how the patient is doing (better, worse, stable etc.), how medications are working and whether or not dosage needs to be adjusted or new medications need to be tried.

November 29, 2014 – 6 Minute Walk For Breath Event

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6 Minute Walk For Breath Event
Saturday, November 29, from 1:30 – 3:30 PM
St. John’s United Church (gym)
2 Nobert Road, Scarborough, ON M1T 1C1
Phone: 416 491 1224

Join us for a 6 Minute Walk for Breathe Event hosted by Jeannie on Saturday, November 29 at the St. John’s United Church.

What is the 6-minute walk test?
The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) is an easy to perform and practical test that is used in the assessment of patients with a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases including pulmonary hypertension. It simply measures the distance that a patient can walk on a flat, hard surface during a period of six minutes. The test is “self-paced”, where patients select their own level of intensity, which helps to more accurately reflect “everyday activities” for each particular person*.

This test is used to measure a patient’s exercise capacity. Generally, this test will be performed when a patient is first diagnosed (gives a baseline) and then will be subsequently performed at clinic visits to measure whether the patient is doing better or worse. The patient is asked to rest for 10 minutes before the test and at this time their oxygen saturation level is measured to set a baseline.

The patient is also asked to gauge their level of dyspnea (breathlessness) prior to walking and at the end of the test. The patient then walks at their own pace, and is allowed to stop and rest as needed, for a period of 6 minutes.

Indicators such as distance walked and level of oxygen desaturation, dyspnea (breathlessness) score and other vital signs are used to measure how the patient is doing (better, worse, stable etc.), how medications are working and whether or not dosage needs to be adjusted or new medications need to be tried.

Learn more at: http://www.phacanada.ca/en/get-involved/fundraising-and-awareness/6-minute-walk-for-breath/

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November 28, 2014 – PH Awareness Booth at Southlake Regional Health Centre

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November 28, 2014 – 9AM
Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Drive
Newmarket, ON L3Y 2P9

November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month! We encourage our community members to get involved in raising awareness about PH! Stop by the morning of Friday, November 28 at the Central Lobby to say hello and pick up information about pulmonary hypertension.