Managing Our Hearts Properly

Heart iStock picHearts disease is the broad term used to describe the range of diseases which affect the heart. It is the leading cause of death among men and women, as well as children.

Under the umbrella of the heart are diseases of the blood vessels, such as coronary artery, heart rhythm problems, heart infections and congenital hereditary heart defects.

One can manage the disease by controlling the factors which put life at great risk.,These include blood pressure, low cholesterol, smoking and failure to exercise regularly. In this country, majority of the people continue to take issues concerning the heart for granted and lead lifestyles which put them in grave danger.

For example, people consume alcohol and smoke excessively, do not check their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and eat all kinds of fatty and oily foods.

This reckless living has contributed to the increase in heart-related diseases in the country.
The National Cardio-thoracic Centre, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, the specialised health institution in heart-related problems, is inundated with a number of heart diseases, among them children.

While we advise Ghanaians to adopt practices that would safeguard their hearts from these dangerous diseases, we acknowledge the tremendous role the Cardio Centre continues to play in the health care delivery programme.

Currently, it has made another breakthrough in the treatment of heart diseases, using a new technology known as coronary stetting.

It involves the placement of a tube in the coronary arteries which supply the heart with blood, to keep them open during the treatment of heart patients.

This is the first time the procedure, which does not require direct open-heart surgery, has been successfully applied in the treatment of heart patients in the country, and Dr. Lawrence A. Sereboe, the Director of the Centre, says  it would enhance medical care with less pain, at a cost of about five euros.

That is a great achievement for the country, and we hope the hospital would take advantage of the facility to address the many heart cases brought before it.

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