A cardiologist at Aga Khan Hospital, Dr Mohammed Salim, has expressed concern over an increase in cases of heart disease and blood pressure among people under the age of 40 in Mombasa County.
Salim said young people have recently been diagnosed with symptoms of heart problems such as high blood pressure, cardiac arrest and diabetes.
Salim called on the people of Mombasa to change their lifestyle, which he says contributes a lot to getting high levels of coronary artery complications.
“We diagnosed a 27-year-old man with high blood pressure of 170. This is something of concern because unlike 20 years ago, his elderly mainly suffered from heart complications,” he said. .
Salim said that while there is no set age for having a heart attack, the type of lifestyle choices you make, the diets, your training programs and how you manage your level of stress can influence your likelihood of suffering from heart disease.
According to the cardiologist, the prevalence of high blood pressure and sugar in coastal areas is due to the consumption of sweet, salty and fatty foods without a training culture.
âHeart disease is so prevalent in our community. There is no doubt that a healthy lifestyle can curb cardiovascular disease and also reduce the risk of developing other chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. Routine exercise and a proper diet play an essential role in preventing disease. However, given the high number of young heart patients who are more aware and informed, there is more than it seems, âsaid Salim.
He added that these problems are preventable if taken care of, but only if the people of Mombasa embrace the culture of jogging or walking instead of taking convenient transportation from tuktuk and matatus. Those who walk are forced by circumstances.
The cardiologist noted that, at worst, heart disease can affect the functioning of the brain, legs and heart arteries. It also causes strokes and heart attacks.
Salim was speaking at the official World Heart Day celebrations at Makadara Grounds in Mombasa County. The Aga Khan Hospital hosted a free medical camp for the residents of Mombasa.
By Chari Suche