ISLAMABAD: Unhealthy diets and physical inactivity are key risk factors for the major non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.
Major causes of cardiovascular disease are tobacco use, physical inactivity, an unhealthy diet and use of alcohol, said Consultant Cardiologist at Shifa International Hospital (SIH) Dr. Asad Ali Saleem, while addressing to participants of Hiking organized by Shifa International Hospital on capital’s famous Trail 3 in connection with World Heart Day, highlighting this year’s theme ‘Share Your Power’.
A large number of Doctors, Shifa employees, Citizens and their families and university students participated in the event. The participants were holding placards and banners inscribed with encouraging slogans for heart patients and awareness quotes.
Sanaullah Aman, Member Environment & Executive Director General, CDA was the chief guest of the event. He stressed that we should seriously think about what we can do to keep ourselves and our family safe, healthy and well. Each and every one of us are the most valuable resource of this our beloved country.
He said that Public awareness is very important for timely diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. He added that most of heart related diseases can be successfully treated and complications can be avoided. He suggested that we need to join hands with public, general physicians and policy makers in our efforts to promote health education especially related to heart diseases in Pakistan. He thanked media for supporting the cause and helping Shifa in creating community awareness and appreciated SIH for organizing such healthy physical activities.
Addressing on the occasion, Chief Operating Officer SIH Mr. Aziz A. Jan said that the objective behind arranging a hiking trip to mark World Heart Day was to educate people about cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and its prevention and control. He advised the participants to adopt the habit of routine physical activities like walk and exercise for maintaining good health and for reducing chances of disease, disability and premature mortality due to heart diseases.