Why car­diac screen­ing is im­por­tant for age 40-50

Daily Trust - - NEWS/HEALTH - From Risikat Ra­moni, Lagos

Nige­ri­ans have been urged to know their state of health, and do car­diac screen­ing when they are 40 to 50 years old in or­der to stay healthy and pre­vent sud­den death.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Tris­tate Heart and Vas­cu­lar Cen­tre, Prof. Ka­mar Adeleke, made this known dur­ing a fa­cil­ity tour of the heart cen­tre in Bab­cock Univer­sity, Ilisan, Ogun State.

He said many cases of sud­den death could be pre­vented if the per­sons got med­i­cal help quickly, as well as knew and man­aged life long ail­ments such as high blood pres­sure, di­a­betes and stroke.

He said car­dio­vas­cu­lar or heart dis­ease is the num­ber one cause of deaths in adults over the age of 30 in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa.

He said ma­jor­ity of peo­ple did not know about their health sta­tus and oth­ers did not get med­i­cal help early dur­ing emer­gency.

The in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gist, mean­while has stressed the need for Nige­ri­ans to re­duce trav­el­ling abroad for heart-re­lated med­i­cal treat­ment but pa­tro­n­ise the spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tals and ex­perts in Nige­ria.

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