Most heart disease risk factors modifiable — Cardiologist

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PROF. Janet Ajuluchukwu of the College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba said on Wednesday that most heart disease risk factors could be modified. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Ajuluchukwu identified age as one of the factors that cannot be  modified. She further identified hypertension, diabetes and obesity, which could cause heart damage, as risk factors that could be modified. She said that in spite of the risk factors, heart disease could be prevented if people would make  conscious effort to lead a responsible and healthy  lifestyle. The cardiologist, however, advised  persons genetically at risk – whose parents had high blood pressure (HBP) or diabetes – to be much more careful as they could be more predisposed to heart disease  risk they grew older. Cue in audio 1  (Ajuluchukwu) Audio Player 00:00 00:00 Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.   “Genetics play a part in heart diseases. If your parents have HBP or diabetes, that is likely to be in the family. “We have the risk factors for heart diseases; some are modifiable, some are non-modifiable. “The non-modifiable one is age. The older someone is, the more they are likely to have a problem.” Cute out audio 1 Ajuluchukwu also stressed the need for people to be wary of herbal preparations consumed as medicine prevent further damage to an already weak heart. Cue in audio 2 (Ajuluchukwu) Audio Player 00:00 00:00 Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.   “People are going and picking all sorts of leaves, putting them  together, making concoctions out of them and selling them to gullible people. “And most of them are very very dangerous. “Research is helping us to know things, make progress with technology and then we cannot just go into the bush and say that every leaf, because it is natural, is safe. “It is not always so.  We have seen many people experience heart failure because they have taken some herbal preparations and herbal concoctions that are of no proven value. “This is even worse when people are sick. If your heart is good, it will not be easily damaged. “But many people may not know that they already have a damaged heart.” Cue out audio 2 The cardiologist, therefore, advised people to  eat right, engage in  physical exercise and regular medical check. (NAN)

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