World Heart Day meeting at IMC

Speakers call for simple life style
modifications to reduce morbidity
& mortality from heart diseases, stroke

By Prof. Feroze Memon

Tando Mohammad Khan (Sindh): Indus Medical College organized a meeting to celebrate the World Heart day at University of Modern Sciences – Indus Medical College, Tando Muhammad Khan recently.  The day is celebrated every year on the initiative taken by the World Heart Federation. The objective was to create awareness about the cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Theme of the meeting was MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.

Cardiovascular diseases it may be mentioned here is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5million people a year and by 2030 this is predicted to rise to nearly 23 million. That’s a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable disease-related deaths. Simple life style changes can make a powerful impact by reducing the morbidity and mortality by cardiovascular diseases. Thirty minutes of activity a day, giving up smoking and eating a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

Indus Medical College organized a meeting to celebrate the World Heart Day recently.
Picture taken on this occasion shows Prof. Janet Mohammad Memon and Prof. Feroz
Memon Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of University of Modern Sciences respectively
presenting a memento to Dr. Bashir Hanif from Tabba Heart Institute who was
one of the guest speakers at the session. Prof. M. Ishaq other speaker
in the session is also seen on extreme right.

Raising awareness and sharing knowledge can inspire each other to become more heart healthy. The Dept. of Cardiology at the University of Modern Sciences – Indus Medical College is hoping to spread this message to all. With this objective in mind, the celebration of this day started with an awareness walk inside the premises of the University. The administration, faculty and students of the university, accompanied by all the guests, together started the walk from the main gate of Indus Medical College Hospital, holding placards in their hands.

The walk culminated at the gates of the main academic building where, Prof. Jan Muhammad Memon, Chancellor and Prof. Feroz Memon Vice-Chancellor, University of Modern Sciences, along with the Honorable guests planted a sapling as per commitment to the cause of making the environment better. Prof. Jan Muhammad Memon then inaugurated the special exhibition, following which, the members of faculty, the dignitaries and the guests visited the exhibition stalls arranged by numerous pharmaceutical companies, and benefitted from free blood pressure, blood sugar, visceral body fat investigations, before finally moving to the main program venue, i.e. the Qazi Mazhar Hussain Auditorium.

Prof. Feroz Memon in his opening remarks welcomed all the guests and dignitaries present at the occasion and highlighted the significance of commemorating the World Heart Day. He spoke about the importance of looking after our own hearts, and the hearts of our loved ones, synonymously with the theme of the day i.e. “MY HEART, YOUR HEART”.

Two eminent guest speakers from Karachi, Dr. Basheer Hanif from Taba Heart Institute and Prof.M.Ishaq. Dr. Bashir Hanif (Medical Director, chief of cardiology and Director Interventional Cardiology at Tabba Heart Institute, Karachi spoke in depth regarding heart failure and its new treatment options. Prof. Muhammad Ishaque former President of Pakistan Hypertension League shared with the audience current statistics of heart attack and the health related challenges ahead. An entertaining awareness play was also performed on stage for the audience’s enjoyment and awareness.

The Chief Guest of the occasion, Prof. Jan Muhammad Memon, Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Modern Sciences – Indus Medical College highlighted the significance of burden of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Muhammad Zaman Baloch, presented vote of thanks.

Before leaving, all the invitees were given a chance to get their photographs taken at a specially constructed photo-booth where they could write their promises towards healthy living on heart shaped cards and hold them while the moment was saved in photographs as a long lasting memory. The event resonated the main call to action for this year’s campaign of World Heart Federation.

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