2025 goal in heart disease; Reduce loss of life by at least 25%

the goal in heart disease is to reduce loss of life by at least one percent

Heart disease, one of the leading causes of death in the modern world, continues to attract attention. Recalling that the World Health Organization (WHO) has set 2025 targets for the world to increase public awareness on the subject and reduce numbers, cardiology specialist Dr Çiğdem Koca said that with these goals it is expected to reduce the loss of life due to heart disease by at least 25 percent.

Many institutions around the world continue their efforts to reduce the loss of life related to heart disease and to raise public awareness. Cardiology specialist from Yeditepe University Hospitals, Dr. Çiğdem Koca, explained the 7-step rule to prevent heart disease, recommended by the American Society of Cardiology, one of the most important.


Stating that maintaining an ideal weight, especially in young people, is a factor that reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, Uzm. Dr. Çiğdem Koca said the first step for this is to act. Saying that when leaving a sedentary lifestyle, 150-300 minutes of moderate-weight exercise programs or 75-150 minutes of intense exercise per week is recommended. Koca said, “As we all know, obesity has been a significant issue for both developed and developing countries, especially in recent years. The increased incidence in young people and children also poses a risk for many diseases. In addition, maintaining the optimal weight of individuals will help reduce the risks that can develop in this direction. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most important of these diseases,” he said.


Saying that individuals should also be aware of high cholesterol and high blood pressure (hypertension), Uzm. Dr Çiğdem Koca said: “We know from many studies in Turkey and around the world that public awareness of blood pressure and cholesterol is quite low. In fact, both are issues that need to be tracked and treated appropriately in terms of heart disease and other possible negative effects. Therefore, it is beneficial for everyone to have their cholesterol and blood pressure values ​​checked regularly, whether or not they are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Explaining that everyone should have their cholesterol values ​​checked once, especially after the age of 20, precaution should be taken depending on the necessary situation and treatment should continue in this way. Dr. Çiğdem Koca continued his remarks as follows:

“Cholesterol awareness, taking necessary health precautions and lifestyle change are very important to reduce the risk of cardiovascular health. Not only can we reduce this risk, but we can also ensure that possible diseases of the cardiovascular system are treatable and controllable with certain interventions, whether it is a death or a serious injury. Therefore, it is possible to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease.


Recalling that smoking is a very serious cause of death in the world and that around 9 million people have lost their lives due to smoking and smoking-related reasons, Dr Çiğdem Koca said: “Additionally, 1 .2 million of these people are affected. by exposure to passive smoking. Moreover, the gradual increase in smoking among young people and women has also caused a change in the profile of heart diseases in societies. Today, heart disease is much more common among women and young people. Therefore, smoking is one of the 7 rules that can be corrected,” he said.


Stating that the content of what we eat and following a healthy diet are among the most cited factors for reducing the risk of heart disease, Uzm. Dr. Çiğdem Koca continued his remarks as follows: “There are certain rules about them. For example, a Mediterranean diet would be a heart-healthy choice. However, in general, one should stay away from processed products such as salami and cold cuts, and favor less fatty products in the consumption of animal feed. Compliance with rules such as reducing the consumption of carbohydrates and sugars, eating fish 2 or more days a week, giving more space to green leafy vegetables and taking care to eat fibrous products are among the factors that reduce the risk. of heart disease.


Dr. Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital, cardiology specialist at Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital, said that diabetes mellitus, which paves the way for cardiovascular diseases and can occur as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, should be noted. . Çiğdem Koca said, “Our genetic predisposition affects the emergence and control of diabetes as well as environmental factors. Even if there is no diabetes in our family, certain situations can make us a candidate for diabetes, such as being overweight and insulin resistance. An irregular diet containing carbohydrates and junk food, increased consumption of carbonated drinks and lack of exercise are some of the factors that increase the risk. It is possible to return from the beginning on the road leading to diabetes and cardiovascular disease by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Especially if there is diabetes in our family, we must both have a healthy lifestyle and consult specialists for controls in order to control our risk. Even if we are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, it is very important to strictly adhere to our doctors’ recommendations and treatments regarding nutrition and movement in order to keep it under control.

Increased diabetes awareness and proper sugar regulation is one factor that can have very positive effects on our risk factors.