Experts Warn Local Children Being Programmed To Have Heart Diseases

Sedentary lifestyle are fast pushing local children to heart diseases, said experts addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

Prof. Feroz Memon, President, Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS) and Prof. Abdul Basit (Vice President, Health Research Advisory board (HealthRab) referring to their first hand experience and studies said Pakistani children and youngsters are programmed to have heart diseases, diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

“Besides genetic factor unhealthy lifestyle has also enhanced vulnerability of children aged 12 to 18 years to high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Prof Dr. Abdul Basit, a senior diabetolgist and researcher.

Young men and women in their late 20s and early 30s were said to be increasingly reporting with Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) mainly heart attacks with all chances of morbidity.

Prof. Feroz Memon supplementing his co-speaker said there was an urgent need to conduct research and collect data so as to not only assess and additional causes but also formulate effective preventive strategies.

On the occasion, Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS) and the Health Research Advisory Board (HealthRab) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), through which HealthRab would finance 4th Cardiology Research Award to promote research in the field cardiology.

As per MoU, top three researchers would be given cash awards on their papers during the annual conference of PCS to be held at Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in October-November this year.

Prof. Memon said PCS was committed to promote research in the field of cardiology and risk factors leading to cardiac ailments so that early age deaths and complications of the heart diseases could be prevented.

Prof. Memon said awareness and lifestyle modifications has helped people in many parts of the world to lead healthy life with considerably reduced rates of Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD).

“Unfortunately in our context ratio of people having heart diseases was constantly on the rise and this ought to alarm the nation as well as authorities,” he said.

PCS President mentioned that HealthRab has been actively involved in capacity building and instilling data collection skills among the young researchers of the society.

Prof. Abdul Basit responding to queries raised on the occasion regretted that the country, except for the diabetes, lacked reliable data on communicable and non-communicable diseases (including heart diseases, stroke and so-forth).

“HealthRab has taken upon itself to promote culture of research in the area of healthcare and soon Pakistan would have its own figures and data to prepare national preventive strategies,” he said.

Presently, he said local medical community was relying on facts and figures generated by American, European and other national/international organizations.

Prof. Basit on the occasion suggested Pakistan Cardiac Society to launch a national survey in collaboration Pakistan Health Research Council and other stakeholders to get reliable data on heart diseases in Pakistan.

Following the news conference, Pakistan Cardiac Society (PCS) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sehat Kahani to provide cardiac-care facilities to people in remote areas of Pakistan through telemedicine.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Sara Saeed of Sehat Kahani and the Prof. Ishtiaq Rasool, the General Secretary of Pakistan CardiacSociety (PCS).

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