Doctors urge all to maintain healthy heart

By Gita Sapkota

 Kathmandu, Sept. 30:Doctors have appealed to all to take care of their heart for a healthy life.

They said that keeping heart healthy was the best way to avoid life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and strokes which are among the most lethal killers.

On the occasion of World Heart Day (WHD) on Thursday, they said that maintaining the heart health and diminishing its risks should be a priority of all.

Senor cardiologist Dr. Om Murti Anil said heart disease had become serious problem in Nepal.

“The number of young people suffering from different type of heart problems has increased dramatically in recent days,” he said.

A study carried out by Martyr Gangalal Memorial Hospital showed that a large number of people, mostly below 30 years of age, had visited hospital after they suffered from heart attacks, strokes and others heart related complications.

Doctors said that there was a lack of research and studies on the heart disease in Nepal but the hospitals’ data demonstrated that heart patients were increasing at an alarming pace.

Around 20 per cent of Nepalese have one or another kind of heart problem.

“The heart patients have increased by five times in Nepal in the last one decade,” said senior cardiologist Dr. Prakash Raj Regmi.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer and responsible for 17.3 million deaths per year in the world.

Doctors suggest avoiding tobacco and alcohol consumption, and eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day to keep heart problem at bay.

 Limiting salt intake to less than one teaspoon a day lowers blood pressure and mitigates the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

 These measures should be complemented by engaging in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day and five times a week.

On the occasion, the World Health Organisation advised all its member countries to promote heart health and diminish the disease burden in a number of ways.

By building public infrastructure such as parks and cycle ways, governments can facilitate greater physical activity while healthy lifestyle messaging can enhance health literacy and aid health-related decision-making. Governments can also forge partnerships with non-health sector organisations – including businesses and civil society – to promote tobacco control, diminish alcohol use, and limit the consumption of processed foods and foods with high trans-fat and salt, the WHO stated.

 

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