Corporate Athlete and Cardiac Care

Corporate Athlete and Cardiac Care

The Academy for Chief Executives ran the first in their Expert Speaker Series for 2018, introducing Dr Dorian Dugmore who presented a talk titled ‘The Corporate Athlete’.

The presentation spanned a variety of key issues that affect the global workforce on a daily basis. Attention was paid to the impact of stress on health, and the difficulty sustaining performance under pressure and rapid change. Dorian emphasized the need to invest in staff wellbeing not only for individual health, but to improve both absenteeism and staff retention rates.

A lot of the presentation focused on cardiac wellbeing (blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol etc.), and it was interesting to find that the only people who knew their current health profiles were people who had previously suffered a cardiac event. Dorian stressed the importance of having a yearly ‘MOT’ to reassess your health needs, making sure you stay aware of your personal figures and any lifestyle changes that may be necessary as a consequence.

A questionnaire was provided, similar to the Risk Score Card for Heart Disease we use (click here), highlighting several modifiable risk factors for heart attacks such as:

  • Avoiding smoking cigarettes and second-hand smoke
  • Getting sufficient exercise each day
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Eating a healthy diet, low in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
  • Trying to reduce stress levels
  • Drinking plenty of water

The profits from the talk were donated to the Gibraltar Cardiac Association, who aim to increase awareness on the importance of prevention and support those who already suffer from heart disease. For more information on this association call Mobile: +350 57648000 or Email:

If you would like to find out more about upcoming speaker events and how they may improve your work environment contact Pete Yeoman, Academy for Chief Executives, Mobile: +350 57806000 or Email: