Public awareness counted as tool to control rising heart patients

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Staff Reporter

Executive director of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Dr Professor Nadeem Qamar Sunday on World Heart Day called for creating awareness among people in Pakistan through the print and electronic media regarding risk factors including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, smoking and high cholesterol should be regularly aired, broadcast and printed.
Senior cardiologists while talking to private news channel advised public to cook and eat more healthily, to exercise more often and encourage their children to be more active, to say no to smoking and help loved ones keep their hearts healthy beating.
Every year September 29 is celebrated as World Heart Day, he said adding, the day is aimed to create a heart friendly environment on earth.
World Heart Day is a vital global platform that they, as well as our members and supporters, could use to raise awareness and encourage individuals, families, communities and governments to take action now.
He stressed that physical activities have to be encouraged among the young generation in their busy life to avoid abdominal obesity and heart attacks.
He warned the number of heart patients was rising world-wide including Pakistan due to high blood pressure or coronary heart disease and diabetes may face serious complications if they do not take extra care.

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