Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s most formidable killer and is taking lives of over 17.5 million people every year. Besides one in every 10, aged 30-70, dies of cardiovascular disease. These alarming figures were shared by Consultant Cardiologist and Head of Cardiology Department at Shifa International Hospital (SIH) Dr Asad Ali Saleem.
He said CVD has overshadowed other diseases by racking up a total of 31% of all deaths. Dr Asad Ali Saleem was addressing a seminar organized to mark the World Heart Day. Doctors, medical students, patients and people from all walks of life attended the seminar. Free consultancy, screening and informative booklets were given to the participants.
Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist SIH Dr. Zaheer Ahmad said that congenital heart defects are the most common types of birth defects. About 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect. In Pakistan approximately 50,000 children born every year. One third of them will need treatment (surgical or interventional) in early childhood.
He discussed the symptoms of heart disease in children i.e., Rapid breathing, Bluish skin, lips, and nails, Fatigue or difficulty feeding, Poor weight gain, Sweating, especially while feeding. He added ‘Atherosclerosis’ increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke. It is unusual for children or teenagers to have a heart attack or stroke as a result of atherosclerosis.