World Heart Day
celebrations at DUHS

KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences organized an awareness walk on World Heart Day. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Nawaz Lashari said that in Pakistan, the elderly used to suffer from heart diseases, but unfortunately the disease is now spreading rapidly among the younger people due to smoking, which includes cigarettes, betel leaf, etc. He also highlighted the importance of healthy diet and regular exercise which will help reduce the heart diseases.

Dr. Ashar Afaq, Registrar, Dow University of Health Sciences, said that corona virus can be fatal for heart patients, so keep a distance of at least six feet from each other, use a mask, exercise daily. By following them, we will not only save ourselves from the disease, but also prove to be beneficial to our loved ones and society, as well as avoid unnecessary expenses incurred on the disease. It is the responsibility of students, teachers, parents and everyone in the community to guide people to a balanced diet, daily exercise and a simple life style. People should be advised to avoid use of junk food. Use of elevators and other methods that reduce physical exercise is increasing. We should use the stairs, it will help not only reduce cholesterol but also bring diabetes under control. We should inculcate the habit of simple life and exercise in our children from childhood. With moderation in diet we can avoid any major problem. Studies have showed that 20% of people in Pakistan suffer from high blood pressure, 10% from diabetes and 30% from obesity, which is the leading cause of heart disease. After the Corona epidemic, the problems have increased for the people suffering from heart diseases. Dr. Noor Mohammad Soomro, MS, Civil Hospital, also spoke on the occasion and advised people to ensure a 45-minute walk daily which will significantly reduce mortality from heart disease. (PR)

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