0.6m die of cardiovascular diseases in Pakistan annually

KARACHI: Head of Cardiology Department, Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), Prof Dr Khalida Soomro said on Tuesday that an estimated 8 million people are suffering from cardiovascular diseases in Pakistan out of them 2.5m are living in Sindh province. She said 0.6m people die from heart diseases every year in the country.

This she said while addressing an awareness seminar in connection of World Heart Day on the theme “Heart-Healthy Environment” followed by awareness walk, organized by Cardiology Department, Civil Hospital Karachi in collaboration with Dow University of Health Sciences at Arag Auditorium.

Prof Khalida said burden of cardiovascular diseases is sharply rising in the country. She said heart diseases are the leading global cause of deaths. She said majority of deaths are taking place in low and middle-income countries. She informed that ratio of cardiovascular diseases is also increasing in young population.

She said high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excessive use of tobacco and unhealthy lifestyle are the major causes behind the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases.

Renowned Cardiologist Prof Dr Nadeem Qamar said prevalence of heart diseases is on the rise in the country due to lack of awareness and unhealthy lifestyle. He stressed the need of adopting preventive measures to avoid cardiovascular diseases.

He suggested that research & public awareness centres should be established across the country in order to reduce the spread of heart diseases through proper awareness.

Prof Junaid Ashraf said millions of people die annually from cardiovascular diseases in world and such mortalities can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle. He said regular exercise can reduces the risk of heart attack.

He said good sleep is essential for healthy heart and prevents obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression.

Dr Fariduddin said heart healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based cooking oil and fish can reduce the risk of heart diseases.

Prof Rauf Memon, Prof Raza ur Rehman, Dr Nawaz Lashari, Prof Saleem Illyas, Dr Rehan Umer and Dr Arshad Ali Shah also spoke on this occasion.

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