It’s important to make decisions from your heart than your brain, but now it’s time to make decisions for your heart health. Since it works extremely hard pumping blood around the body that carries oxygen.
Oxygen is a vital life-giving component that the human body riles on to function and anything that threatens the heart can be life-threatening. Therefore, our heart is our responsibility. Researching articles about health found that according to DAWN (2017), 12 Pakistanis suffer a heart attack and die every hour. While a majority of the reason is the cardiovascular disease (CVD) which is the main reason for the heart attack, that is (34pc) more than one-third of all the deaths in Pakistan. Now the Pakistani population has the highest risk of (CHD) which is also a leading cause of heart attack.
As we breathe and live in an unhygienic country where the air is polluted with fumes of petrol and diesel, mixed with tobacco smoke and nicotine it becomes easy for us to get dangerously affected by them even though we might not be smokers, alcoholic or obese. Therefore, it is vital for smokers should quit smoking as they are not just damaging themselves but others in their surroundings. Majority of the children in Karachi has had their first cigarette by the age of 10 years leading them to become addicts later. However, to avoid such threats to our hearts it becomes important to have a good heart-healthy diet plan constructing of low-fat and high on fiber. This includes plenty of fruits, grains and a whole lot of vegetables at least five portions per day. Regular exercise is a major contributing factor to prevent the heart attack. Since Pakistan has been ranked among the 9th from the 188 countries when it came to obesity(Tribune,2014.) A research study in the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed that obesity on it its own has been associated with the high factor of risks in fatal heart attacks. (WebMD,2011) Physical activity is therefore extremely important for our health care. As research shows that heart attack is more likely to occur in overweight children. Therefore, before he reaches the age of 65 as compared to a normal child. Dr. Khawar Kazmi head of the section of Cardiology at Agha Khan said: “It is necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle in childhood”. It was also founded that parents play a major role in their children’s diet and sleeping pattern.
In the medical world, a heart attack is the deadliest thing to occur and predicting a heart attack is no easy. A big misconception among people is that men are more likely to suffer one rather than women, well that’s a big lie. The chance for both genders is equally the same and in Pakistan high. However, one must keep a look out for these symptoms. Since anyone can have it and some heart attacks are ‘silent heart’ attacks which do not show any of the symptoms. Patients who have suffered them have usually complained of fatigue. Its symptoms are things such as indigestion, a case of flu, discomfort in the jaw or the upper back. These symptoms are to be taken seriously. Some studies suggest that women are more likely to suffer from one than men as the can mistake it as anxiety. Dr. Ekery a clinical cardiologist at Heart Hospital of Austin suggest ways to avoid a silent heart attack from occurring. She suggests listening to your body and staying calm, always check the blood pressure, cholesterol and not smoke.
Doctors are after all doctors, not God. Even though they try their best it is likely that they are even sometimes unable to predict a heart attack. Statistics show that 66% of women who were victims of heart attack showed no symptoms. Therefore, if anyone is having chest pain, dizziness, heavy breathing, unable to be acting as they did before. (Dr. Ahmed Humayun, 2017) Than enough health education, one should possess as to rush them to a doctor. As these are symptoms of a heart attack and it’s much likely that they’re on the verge of having one.
- Dawn reporter. (2017). More Pakistanis at risk from heart disease. Available: https://www.dawn.com/news/1361133. Last accessed 25/09/2018
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- (2014). Pakistan 9th most obese country: Study.Available: https://tribune.com.pk/story/714845/pakistan-9th-most-obese-country-study/. Last accessed 25/09/2018
- Melinda Ratini, DO, MS. (2018). What You Can Do to Prevent a Heart Attack.Available: https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/prevention-15/heart-healthy/understanding-heart-attack-prevention. Last accessed 25/09/2018.