FAISALABAD: A rapid increase in cardiovascular diseases is alarming. Current lifestyles are one of the major causes for heart diseases in the country, said Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology Medical Superintendent Dr Ijaz Bhatti. He revealed that 446 cardiac surgeries have been conducted at the institute between January to April of this year. In comparison, a total of 1,285 cardiac surgeries were conducted in 2018. Further, 114,779 patients were accommodated by the outpatient department while 39,385 patients were accommodated in the emergency ward. He stated that there was a need to create awareness among citizens. He added that only preventive measures such as lifestyle changes, daily walks and increasing vegetable intake can help in preventing heart diseases. Fast food and junk food are the main reasons for high blood pressure and many other diseases which can eventually lead to depression and cardiac problems.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2019.