Walk held to mark World Heart Day

SUKKUR: Doctors, paramedics and some employees of the Sukkur Blood bank on Friday organized an awareness walk to mark the World Heart Day 2017, urging people to quit smoking to avoid heart-related diseases.

Speaking to the participants, Dr Zahoor Soomro said the aims and objectives of the walk was to apprise people about heart diseases, their causes and preventive measures to prevent them from getting lethal heart ailments.

“We told people that they need to exercise daily for 40 minutes, they have to quit smoking, they should keep their weight under control by using simple and nutritious food and avoid getting diabetes and hypertension,” he informed, adding that it was a positive health activity that attracted the attention of the people and they learnt about the heart ailments.

Experts said that cardiovascular diseases were becoming very common in Pakistan and there was a need to adopt healthy lifestyle, exercise and intake of balanced diet to avoid heart ailments. They maintained that there was also a need to raise awareness among the masses regarding the cardiovascular diseases and their prevention, he added.

The awareness walk was attended by doctors, paramedics and civil society representatives.