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Clinical dietitian and Founder Sari Nutrition Salami Abiola Rukayat, (left) Tech Director Cardiac Community Jide Owolabi, Executive Director Cardiac Community Ayotunde Omitogun; and Communications Director, Cardiac Community Damilola Sobajo, during the Heart Dialogue 2020 conference in commemoration of World Heart Day organized by Cardiac Community, held at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on….Tuesday.

Health experts have stressed the need for people to limit alcohol intake, tobacco smoking, and indulge in exercise to prevent heart disease.

The experts said Nigerians should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains and fish at least twice per week. They also recommended consumption of nuts and legumes.

The experts spoke at an event organised by Cardiac Community, sponsored by a milk company to commemorate World Heart Day at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

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The theme of the programme was “Heart Dialogue 2020”. Deputy Director Non-Communicable Diseases Control Lagos State, Ministry of Health, Dr. Abimbo Oshinowo, via Zoom said that a heart disease is a form of non-communicable disease resulting from damage to all or part of the heart.

According to her, via Zoom it is also damage to blood vessels of the heart (coronary arteries). Consultant Cardiologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, Dr. Akinsanya Joseph, said heart failure occurs when the heart muscle does not pump blood as it should.

Olusegun stated that this year’s theme ‘be a heart hero, make a promise’ is a global call for individuals to make a promise that they would live a healthy lifestyle and also educate those around them on the importance of healthy lifestyles to ensure that heart-related diseases would be reduced in society.

“Not all conditions that lead to heart failure can be reversed, but treatments can improve the signs and symptoms of heart failure and help you live longer”.

He explained that lifestyle changes, such as exercising, reducing sodium in your diet, managing stress, and losing weight, can improve your quality of life. One way to prevent heart failure is to prevent and control conditions that cause heart failures, such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity.

He stated that heart failure signs and symptoms include, shortness of breath when you exert yourself or when you lie down, fatigue and weakness, swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet, rapid or irregular heartbeat, reduced ability to exercise.

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