MEDICAL experts on Wednesday warned that excessive smoking, drinking, blood pressure, diabetes and use of junk food are the real causes behind the alarming rise of heart diseases in Pakistan.
They were speaking at a seminar “Right path for healthy heart” jointly organised by Mir Khalil ur Rahman Memorial Society (MKRMS), Jang Group of Newspapers, Pakistan Cardiac Society and Feroz Sons Laboratories in connection with the World Heart Day at a local hotel. The seminar was attended by a large number of people. Prof Dr Nadeem Hayat Malik, president, Cardiac Society of Pakistan, PML-N MPA Khawaja Salman Rafique, Amir Mir, business head unit Feroz Sons Laboratories business, Prof Dr Bilal Zakariya, head of Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Prof Dr Amber Malik, director, Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Dr Shahid Ameen and Dr Farzeen Malik and others attended the event. MKRMS Chairman Wasif Nagi hosted the seminar while Kashan Haider, Ali Imran and Shehzad Rauf assisted him.
Khawaja Salam Rafique said the ratio of heart patients was increasing day by day in Pakistan and to counter this disease, the Punjab chief minister had established a cardiology institute in Rawalpindi which had started functioning. He said preventive measures were required to control the disease. He said the government had learnt a lot from the dengue issue and so the government included precautionary measures in the syllabus. Highlighting government’s initiative to control heart diseases, Khawaja Salman said government was taking strict measures to provide pure food to the people.
For this purpose, Salman said, the government had established a food authority. He said the authority was working very well in this regard. Prof Dr Nadeem Hayat Malik said that excessive use of vegetables and minimum use of meat could help in controlling blood pressure and diabetes which were essential to avoid heart disease. He said excessive smoking, drinking and use of junk food were the major causes behind the heart diseases in the youth. He said patients of diabetes and blood pressure diseases should take extra care as these diseases led them to heart diseases. He said urbanisation, poverty, lack of awareness were increasing such diseases in Asia in comparison to other continents. Prof Dr Bilal Zakariya said that walk was essential to have a healthy heart, adding that high blood pressure also caused liver and neurological disorders. Dr Amber Malik said smoking trend was not high in men only but a large number of women were also falling to this bad habit. She said through media and civil society, an awareness campaign should be launched for the public. Amir Mir said the world community was observing World Heart Day to highlight different issues which led humans to this disease and also made them aware how they could control it. He said awareness seminars and workshops should be organised on regular basis to highlight the issue. Dr Farzeen Malik said the people should have a forty-minute exercise daily to avoid heart diseases.