Low-quality of health facilities, ineffective regulations, lack of systematic approach and policy, and inadequate resources are the gravest challenges concerning Pakistan’s wobbly health sector. However, the rising concern currently is the increase in deaths due to cardiovascular diseases and little to no attention being paid to the reasons.
As revealed by Network for Consumer Protection in a press release, 12 people die every single hour due to heart attack in Pakistan. Approximately one-third deaths (30% to 40%) in Pakistan are claimed by cardiac arrests – making it the leading non-communicable disease in the country. Pakistani population generally has one of the highest coronary heart diseases in the whole world.
In Pakistan, about 40% of deaths are caused by CVD. The number of CHD deaths in Pakistan has reached the number of 200,000 per year that is 410/100,000 of the population.
The reason for the alarming number is linked to high tobacco consumption, increasing alcohol use, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, stress, physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet. The press release also suggested that if the risks are minimized timely and aren’t properly taken care off, the cases are likely to increase.
“The more risk factors you have the greater is the likelihood that you will suffer a heart disease unless you take action to modify your risk factors and work to prevent them compromising your health.” – read the mentioned statement.
The press release also suggested that one in five deaths from heart attacks are directly associated with smoking and nicotine consumption. Nicotine in cigarettes raises blood pressure and results in the shooting of heart rate. It is also imperative to be careful while smoking around children at the home, as passive smoking can have similar implications in health as well.
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