Stress free life key to avert heart diseases

September 28, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Health experts on Monday said poor law & order situation, dietary habits and unhealthy lifestyle are the major reason behind the increasing number cardiovascular diseases in Pakistan, including Sindh province.

Assistant Professor, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Dr Mohammad Tariq Ashraf, while talking to PPI in connection with the World Heart Day being observed today, said :” Around 500 cases are being reported in emergency department of NICVD every day, out of which 25 to 30 are new patients.

“Medicines are not solution to any disease so “Prevention is better than cure.” Although there is no any specific data available at national level but fact is that cardiovascular diseases are on the rise in the society and the burden of patients with heart diseases on public healthcare is increasing day by day.”

He advised people to eat healthy diet, avoid smoking, maintain weight, conduct daily exercise, cut down salt, sleep well, reduce stress, blood pressure and cholesterol level for a healthy heart.

President Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Karachi, Dr Idress Adhi, said poor law & order situation of the country had put bad impact on mental health and said that life in stress is the major reason behind the increasing number of cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Adhi said cardiovascular diseases could be prevented through proper awareness about the heart diseases and improving the law & order situation in Karachi and other parts of the country.

He said improving law & order situation was the responsibility of states and authorities concerned should play their role in this regard. He said media is important pillar of society and it should sensitize people about prevention strategies.

In-charge Cardiology Department, Civil Hospital Karachi, Dr Khalida Soomro said over 250 patients with heart diseases visit Outpatient Department on daily basis, while four to five angioplasty are performed in department on every day. She urged the people to abstain from salt and sweet dishes to avert heart diseases.

On other hand, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) administration organized two free medical camps in the premises of NICVD to mark World Heart Day today.

Executive Administrative Officer, NICVD, Dr Hameed Ullah Malik, said two free medical camps were organized on the special directives of Executive Director, NICVD, Prof Khan Shah Zaman Khan where around 400 to 500 people randomly checked by experts.

He said experts conducted free of cost blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, diabetes tests of people and issued necessary directives about preventive strategies.

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