Islamabad, 6 February, 2024 (GNP): “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, organized a comprehensive Healthy Lifestyle & Heart Health Awareness Session in collaboration with Mari Petroleum Company. The event aimed to raise awareness about heart health and empower individuals to adopt healthier lifestyle choices.
The session, held at Mari Petroleum Company premises, attracted a significant turnout, with approximately 70 staff participating in person, in addition to 40 joining virtually via Zoom.
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 (LDL) cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, obesity, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, added Dr Omar, emphasizing the importance of adopting a mediterranean diet, engaging in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, even though activities such as brisk walking, and quitting smoking.
Dr. Omar also highlighted the significance of regular blood pressure and blood sugar checks, particularly in the morning, as vital preventive measures against CVDs.
The interactive session provided attendees with valuable information and practical tips for maintaining heart health and reducing the risk of heart-related complications.
In the question answer session, Dr Omar advised participants to reduce the intake of pakoras, samosas & other deep-fried iftar items, particularly avoiding the reuse of frying oil during the upcoming month of Ramzan.
Participants expressed their appreciation for the session, emphasizing the need for such initiatives to be conducted more frequently in the community.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Maroof International 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.
Maroof Cardiovascular Center remains committed to its mission of delivering comprehensive cardiac care and promoting health and wellness initiatives as part of its “Community Support Program.”