• Heart Stroke Prevention - CAFE

Cayman Islands Atrial Fibrillation in the  Elderly (CAFE) Study

The Research

Health City Cayman Islands is leading a stroke prevention study in the Cayman Islands which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The study aims to check for the presence of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) in adults 65 years and older using pulse palpation technique and recording an ECG using an iPhone.

What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)?

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a type of irregular heartbeat which causes blood to pool in the heart and leads to clot formation. Clots can then break off and be carried to the brain, causing a stroke. AFib is more common in the elderly and makes a person 5 times more likely to have a stroke. Many patients are asymptomatic, hence why we are conducting this study.

How can you beat the odds?

Help beat the odds of having an AFib-related stroke by attending a free screening.

How it works?

The screenings are non-invasive, powered by an iPhone app that reads your pulse vibrations. The screening is quick and painless, and requires only 7-10 minutes of your time.

Who should get screened?

Everyone aged 65 and older.

Steps for screening process:

1. Call Health City Cayman Islands and make an appointment to participate in the CAFE Study. If you already have an appointment to see a doctor, you can also state that you would like to participate in the CAFE study, when you are here.

2. Complete a questionnaire.

3. Have an ECG/EKG done.

4. ECG is later reviewed by the Cardiologist. If you are found to have AFib, you will be contacted in approximately 2 weeks. If you are NOT found to have AFib, you will NOT be contacted.

5. If you are newly diagnosed with AFib through our screening process, you will be contacted and asked to provide the name of your General Physician who will, with your permission, receive the results of your ECG. Your primary physician should then implement management as she or he sees fit, and if further management is needed, your doctor can then refer you to Health City Cayman Islands.

Please note that the entire screening process is free of cost.

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