ISLAMABAD – Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, has urged the citizens to go for complete heart screening and check-up at least once in a year to rule out possibility of any cardiac disease and other diseases so that they can play there role in the betterment of the country in most productive way.

He was addressing to the participants of Health Mela organised by Shifa International Hospital (SIH) to mark World Health Day here on Saturday. A large number of people participated in the Health Mela and took keen interest in different stalls and activities arranged on this occasion.

Free screening, diet plans and consultancy was also provided to the participants. Imtiaz said the capital is a city that offers a wide range of opportunities for physical activities and outing. There are dozens of tracks in the city. He encouraged all of the citizens to utilise parks and other places and adopt simple and healthy lifestyle.

Director Medical SIH Dr. Salim Khan thanked chief guest Imtiaz Inayat Elahi and guest of honour Director General Health CADD Dr Abdus Saboor for attending the health mela.

Speaking to the participants Consultant Cardiologist SIH Dr. Saeedullah Shah that it was alarming that youth and people below 40 years of age that is productive age for any nation were coming to hospitals with various cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). He said hypertension was one of the serious issues of the patients. He was of the view that about 30 percent of our total population is suffering from CVDs. He said hypertension was itself manageable disease and it never causes headache.

When blood arteries’ size decreases then they cause angina while total blockage or arteries result in heart failure.

He suggested not checking blood pressure in anger or after heavy physical work but check it when you are sitting calm and then if it increases from 140 for three to four times then you can at risk of becoming hypertension patient.

However some medicines also cause increased blood pressure. He said loosing every kilogram weight decreases one point in blood pressure. Dr. Shah suggested adopting healthy and simple lifestyle, use simple food, control cholesterol and calories, increase use of fruits and vegetables, brisk walk for at least 30 minutes per day and quitting smoking and alcohol to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Director Emergency SIH Dr. Abdus Salam said that in heart failure or heart attack or any other emergency never try to diagnose disease instead immediately contact emergency, Rescue 1122 or any qualified doctor.

He stressed that first aid must be given to the patient before reaching the hospital. He hailed the services of Rescue 1122 that was capable of providing first aid and timely shifting of patient to the hospital in minimum time.

Later, shields were distributed to famous cooking show host Kokab Khawaja for organizing cooking show at Shifa to promote healthy dietary habits and a shield was also given to Secretary National Press Club Shehryar Khan for helping SIH in holding successful free medical camp for media persons at National Press Club.