Nigerians have been tasked to avail themselves of preventive measures against heart failure and to engage in regular checkup, healthy eating habit on monthly basis to reduce the mortality rate of patients with heart issues.
A team of cardiologists made this known at a heart failure awareness programme organised recently by Novartis for journalists.
The team led by Consultant Cardiologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Prof. Micheal Balogun said the awareness programme was to sensitize participants on early diagnosis, symptoms and possible treatments of Heart Failure.
Prof. Micheal Balogun listed factors such as obesity, lack of physical exercise, unhealthy eating habits, heavy alcohol intake, as the major causes of heart failure.
He further said Nigerians needs to go for regular medical check-ups, as the first evidence that someone has been living with heart failure may be death.
Consultant Cardiologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Amam Mbakwem advised patients to desist from eating too much at a time, take more vegetables, watch their salt intake and take enough rest.
Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah, Consultant Cardiologist University College Hospital, Ibadan further emphasized on the need to follow preventive measures, he said,
“All heart failure patients, regardless of their symptoms are at high risk of dying. 76 per cent of heart failure patients struggle to perform their daily activities and 63 per cent report symptoms that are consistent with depression”
Other cardiologist who were present at the awareness event include, Consultant Cardiologist, Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Prof. Kamilu Karaye; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Dr. Maclean Akpa; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Ibraheem Katibi; and Consultant Cardiologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Dr. Dike Ojji.