KARACHI/LAHORE - Ringing alarms over the death by cardiac arrest, the speakers of a seminar have said that every hour, 12 Pakistanis die from heart attack. The Agha Khan University Hospital arranged the seminar on the eve of World Heart Day. The sitting was part of AKUH’s Healthy Heart Mela.
The gala comprised a number of activities including a competition among children, blood screening test, body mass index calculation, nutritional and medical advice by AKUH doctors. Games involving physical activities were also organised to highlight the importance of exercise in cardiac disease prevention.
Speaking to the event participants, Section Head of Cardiology Dr Khawar Kazmi said that 60 per cent of Pakistan’s population is under 25 years of age and the burden of cardiovascular diseases is likely to increase phenomenally. He said this burden would affect on country’s economy and can only be controlled through effective strategies and resource allocation for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) at both the governmental and non-government levels.
“Research found that 25 per cent CVDs affect the urban populations. Such diseases are a group of heart and blood vessels disorders. Heart attacks and strokes are usually acute events and are mainly caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart or the brain,” he said adding that hypertension is the leading risk for CVDs and cause 7.6 million deaths globally. In Pakistan, prevalence of hypertension has been found to be 19 per cent in population over 15 years of age.
The commonness of obesity is 45 per cent in urban population which is another major risk for CVD and more worrisome is that up to 25 per cent of the children in Pakistan are either overweight or at risk of being overweight, it was spoke at the moot.
The World Heart Day will be observed across the country today (Sunday) with the aim to raise public awareness about cardiovascular diseases (CVD), the major cause of death worldwide. Seminars, workshops, walks and medical camps will be arranged in major cities to raise public awareness about CVD and precautionary measures to leave a healthy life.
CVDs are the world's largest killers, claiming 17.5m lives a year. Risk factorsinclude raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.