By: World Heart Federation
In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.
Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.5 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
World Heart Day observed in KTH
Department of Cardiology, Khyber Teaching Hospital marked World Heart Day to create awareness among general public under the banner of Pakistan Cardiac Society in Collaboration with World Heart Federation.
The walk was arranged in that connection which was attended by In-charge Cardiology KTH Associate Prof Dr Amber Ashraf, Assistant Prof Dr Saadiq Shah, Assistant Prof Dr Muhammad Faheem, Assistant Prof Dr Farooq and large number of faculty staff, managerial staff, TMOs’, HOs’, nursing and paramedics staff, health professionals and general public.
This year, World Heart Day theme is “My heart, your heart and our heart”. KTH cardiology department works as team to prevent my heart, your heart and our heart. Public awareness interactive session was held for people of all walk of life.
Assoc Prof Dr Amber Ashraf talked about World Heart Day and its importance and highlighted risk factors for CVD like diabetes, hypertension, increase cholesterol, smoking, stress and important risk factor identified for example air pollution (indoor & outside pollution) is new risk factor for cardio vascular disease which cause 3 millions death each year.
Astt Prof Dr Muhammad Faheem talked about hypertension and its prevalence whereas Astt Prof Dr Muhammad Farooq talked about prevalence of CVD & its risk factor.
Free medical camp at cardiology OPD KTH for general public awareness about their blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol and obesity.
Dr. Amber Ashraf
HOD Cardiology KMC/KTH Peshawar
Peshawar Chapter Coordinator, PCS.