Islamabad: Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH) President Major General (right) Masood-ur-Rehman Kayani on Tuesday said Pakistan’s death rate of 47 heart attack deaths in one hour was alarming in Pakistan, which would not only increase the disease burden but also the cost of treatment nationally if left unattended.
Speaking to PANAH Senior Physicians Forum, he said that the heart is an important part of the human body, while early prevention is essential by adopting simple diet, walking, physical exercise in our life of routine, according to a press release.
“Sugary drinks are unnecessary and their consumption should be reduced, which is one of the main causes of other fatal illnesses, including heart disease,” Major General (r) Kayani said.
PANAH Secretary General Sana Ullah Ghumman said heart disease was spreading rapidly among adults as well as children and youth.
“One of the main reasons for this is the use of sugary drinks (SSB), salt and excess fat which are extremely harmful to human health, and we must avoid it in our daily diet, so that we can stay healthy, ”he added.
Members of the Senior Physicians Forum said health problems were on the rise and could be reduced at the same time.
The government should play its role in preventing illnesses caused by sugary drinks, they said.
The forum was attended by Major General (r) Muhammad Ashraf Khan, Major General (r) Ashur Khan, Lieutenant General (r) Kamal Akbar, Lieutenant General (r) Azhar Rashid, Dr Abdul Qayyum Awan, Prof. Dr. Wajid Ali, Squadron Leader (r) Ghulam Abbas, Colonel (r) Ijaz Ahmad Rafi, Dr. Imtiaz Ali Chaudhry, Begum Major General (r) Asif Ali Khan, Dr. Zahid Ibrahim, Dr Asma Qamar, Rukhsana Nazi, Shakila Sabir and many others attended.
During the meeting, Sana Ullah Ghumman, Secretary General and COO of PANAH, briefed the Senior Physicians Forum on PANAH’s performance.