The incidence of cardiovascular diseases in young people aged between 25 and 40 is on the rise in Pakistan, health experts and scientists warned on Thursday at the 50th CardioCon.

The three-day conference, which will continue till 21 November and is being organized by the Pakistan Cardiac Society, was titled “Cardiac Care in the Covid Era.”

According to experts, cardiac issues in the younger age group are increasing due to higher rates of obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and unhealthy diets. This is evident from the prevalence of diabetes, which has increased by 150 per cent in Pakistan during the past two years. One in two of all Pakistani adults are also hypertensive.

Cardiologists said Pakistan is facing “an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases” that is only expected to worsen with the coming years if individual and public measures are not taken to curb it.

“If we don’t take immediate steps to prevent our people from lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension, we would be facing a flood of deaths due to their complications in the coming years or even months,” said Head of preventive cardiology at National Institute of Cardiac Diseases (NICVD) Prof Khawar Kazmi as reported by Dawn.

“A large number of people aged between 25 and 40 years are now having heart attacks in Karachi and the rest of the country due to sedentary lifestyle and other risk factors. It’s a wake-up call for us all as a society,” said cardiologist Prof Javed Akbar Sial.

The panel agreed that obesity is something that has to be dealt with urgently because it can lead to hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

The conference will also include webinar sessions and joint discussions with experts from the American College of Cardiology on the most recent advances in cardiac treatments and recent scientific publications.

From : pk.mashable.com

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