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Physical inactivity, smoking leading cause of early deaths in Pakistan: experts

Men tend to experience CVD at a younger age compared to women

By M Waqar Bhatti
February 07, 2024
This image shows a person holding his chest due to pain. — Pixabay/File
This image shows a person holding his chest due to pain. — Pixabay/File

ISLAMABAD: People in Pakistan are having cardiovascular disease (CVD) at a very young age due to physical inability, smoking and unhealthy diet, health experts said on Tuesday while adding that cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in the country.

“Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) are prevalent among individuals aged 50 and above, with the risk escalating with age. Men tend to experience CVD at a younger age compared to women; unhealthy diet can contribute to elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure,” said Dr Omar Mufti.

Maroof Cardiovascular Center organised a comprehensive Healthy Lifestyle & Heart Health Awareness Session in collaboration with Mari Petroleum Company to raise awareness about heart health and empower individuals to adopt healthier lifestyle choices. The session, held at Mari Petroleum Company premises with approximately 70 staff participating in person, in addition to 40 joining virtually.

Dr. Omar Idrees Mufti, Head of Maroof Cardiovascular Center, said that CVDs are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year.

The leading risk factors for CVD & stroke are high blood pressure, high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, obesity, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, added Dr Omar, emphasising the importance of adopting the Mediterranean diet, engaging in regular physical activity such as brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day and quitting smoking.

He also highlighted the significance of regular blood pressure and blood sugar checks, particularly in the morning, as vital preventive measures against CVDs.

In the question-answer session, Dr Omar advised reducing the intake of deep-fried iftar items, particularly avoiding the reuse of frying oil during Ramzan.

The participants expressed their appreciation emphasizing the need for such initiatives to be conducted more frequently.

"We are delighted to collaborate with Maroof Int’l Hospital to promote heart health awareness and empower people to lead healthier lives," said Lt. Col. Dr. Shahid Rasheed of Mari Petroleum.

"By providing education and guidance on preventive measures, we aim to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases and improve the overall well-being of our community," reiterated Dr. Shahid.