Pakistan’s 33% population above 45 has hypertension: expert

KARACHI: According to a recent estimate 33% of Pakistan population above the age of 45 years has hypertension and 25% of it has diabetes, whereas cardiovascular diseases are causing 31% mortality globally.

“In Pakistan, cardiovascular diseases are also becoming more common in Pakistan. There is need to raise awareness among the masses regarding the cardiovascular diseases and its prevention measures,” said an expert at a Scientific & Public Awareness Symposium of Cardiovascular Diseases, organized by Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in collaboration with Fulbright Commission, United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) at Dow International Medical College, Ojha Campus.

The theme of the symposium was “Healthy Heart Healthy Life: A New Era of Our Generation”. The aim of the symposium was to create awareness about cardiovascular diseases and its prevention. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC), was the chief guest of the symposium. The symposium started with an awareness walk held from Dow Hospital to DIMC.

Dr Mukhtar, sharing views on the occasions, said that healthy heart is very important for every individual. There is need to adopt healthy lifestyle, do healthy exercises and consume healthy foods so as to avoid cardiovascular diseases. Talking about the research, he said that research is the integral part of healthcare system as it has a great impact. It is glad to see that the research has increased in Pakistan, he said.

He urged academicians and stakeholders to provide research culture focused on human health. He also urged the students to work hard for the bright future of Pakistan. He also appreciated the efforts taken by Prof Masood Hameed Khan and his team in bringing the university at par with international standards.

Prof Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS, said that according to the recent estimates, 33% of Pakistan population above the age of 45 years has hypertension and 25% of it has diabetes, whereas cardiovascular diseases are causing 31% mortality globally. In Pakistan, cardiovascular diseases is also becoming more common in Pakistan. Younger generation is falling prey to this diseas, he said. He appreciated the efforts taken by HEC in enhancing higher education in Pakistan.