ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – May 29, 2022): A two-day international conference on “Cardiovascular Diseases, a Threat to National Development” has been organized by the National Heart Association of Pakistan (PANAH) at the Armed Forces Heart Institute (AFIC) Rawalpindi to discuss the causes of the rise in heart disease, suggestions for prevention, awareness and the importance of simple lifestyle changes.
PANAH Chairman Major General (R) Masood-ur-Rehman Kayani thanked the conference attendees and called the increase in heart disease a matter of concern and called on relevant authorities to take urgent action to curb the spread of the disease.
While Secretary General Sanaullah Ghumman briefed everyone on the aims and objectives of PANAH and the importance of the conference.
Conference participants said that this conference, organized to highlight the importance of heart disease, was very important in nature.
The overall objectives of the conference were to bring together local and international researchers, academics and policy makers on a single platform to help promote the importance of timely treatment and research and make recommendations for the prevention of heart disease. The importance of healthy diet to reduce coronary heart disease (CAD) in Pakistan could be stimulated and the causes of the diseases can be treated.
Participants cited tobacco use as a major cause of heart disease.
Attendees said they hoped the conference would help them work together with renewed resolve to tackle the growing burden of heart disease.
On the occasion, PANAH distributed gifts and certificates to five young bloggers who wrote excellent blogs on the harms of sugary drinks which were considered a major cause of fatal diseases including obesity, heart, diabetes and other CDs. The President of the Science Foundation, Prof. Shahid Mehmood also announced a cash prize of Rs 10,000 for each blogger to encourage bloggers.
Vice-Chancellor of Riphah University, Hassan Mohammad Khan, President of the Science Foundation Prof. Dr. Shahid Mehmood Beig, AFIC Commander Major General Muhammad Afsheen Iqbal, Lieutenant General (R) Azhar Rashid, Major General Naseer Ahmed Samoor, Prof. Dr. Anjum Jalal, Prof. Colonel (R) Dr. Junaid Saleem, Dr. Ayesha Mohi-ud-Din, Dr. Mujtaba Qadri, Dr. Hamza Azhar Ghauri, Major General Khurram Shehzad were present as special guests. While a large number of national and international health professionals, researchers, teachers, students, bloggers, civil society and members of PANAH were present.