0.6m people die of cardiovascular diseases in Pakistan annually

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

This she said while addressing an awareness seminar in connection with the World Heart Day on the theme “Heart-Healthy Environment” followed by awareness walk which was 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 such deaths taking place in low and middle income countries. She informed that incidents of cardiovascular diseases are also increasing in young generation.

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

Renowned Cardiologist Prof Dr Nadeem Qamar said prevalence of heart diseases are on the rise in the country due to lack of awareness and unhealthy life style. He stressed the need for 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 the world and such mortalities can be prevented by adopting healthy life style. He said regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart attack. He said good sleep is essential for healthy heart and it 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.

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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