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‘Adopt active lifestyle and avoid sedentary ways to prevent the risk of heart attack’

‘Adopt active lifestyle and avoid sedentary 
ways to prevent the risk of heart attack’

Precautionary measures and an active lifestyle can help prevent heart attacks, Hamad Medical Corporation cardiologist Dr Tahir Hamid has said.
He was speaking at a presentation titled “Heart Diseases and Heart Attack–Causes, Precautions for Risk Reduction and Control” at the Pak Shamaa School auditorium.
Organised by Pakistan Arts Society Qatar (PASQ), the event aimed at raising awareness among the community of the risks and prevention of heart attacks.
There are many ways one can avoid the risks of heart attack, Dr Hamid noted. “We should have an active lifestyle. We should have regular exercise. I would urge you to turn vegetarians. Avoid oily and deep-fried food that we south Asians otherwise love. When one is above 30, one needs to keep an eye on the cholesterol level which should be checked every three months. High blood pressure and diabetes are the two other things that need to be kept under watch,” remarked Dr Tahir.
Community Welfare Attaché at Pakistan Embassy Hafiz Junaid Sial attended the event as the chief guest. Pakistani community members, and representatives of different community groups and families were present in large numbers.
Dr Tahir is an assistant professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar (WCM-Q), assistant professor of Medicine at Qatar University, College of Medicine, and Associate Program Director for Cardiology fellowship program Fellowship Training (ACGME-I, USA-Program).
Prevention is the best way to avoid heart attacks, said Dr Tahir, adding that once a person suffers heart attack, there can be multiple complications even if the patient survives.
Among the many reasons that can lead to heart attack, the most significant are cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, alcohol, mental stress and physical inactivity.
He noted that though there are significant reductions in deaths caused by heart attacks due to the advanced technologies and treatments, the number of heart attack patients continues to grow across the world.
Dr Tahir particularly underlined the significance of Ramadan in controlling food habits and weight control. The heart of an overweight individual has to work extra to pump blood, and therefore, weight control is the key, and Ramadan is the best time for this, he pointed out.
Dr Tahir praised the healthcare facilities in Qatar while noting that ambulance reaches in less than 15 minutes in cases of emergency. “If the patient reaches at the hospital in time, the survival rate is very high. We need to learn how to provide basic health support that can also help in supporting the patient who suffers from heart attack.”
Later, a question-answer session was held on the occasion and the audience asked questions related to prevention of heart attack and post-heart attack complications.
Hafiz Junaid Amir Sial, in his address, appreciated PAS-Q for organising such informative programmes to raise health awareness. He said the guests had benefited from the presentation. “Heart problems are more linked with our lifestyle that we follow nowadays. We need to make our life simple and show contentment,” he said.
Earlier, Chairman of PAS-Q M A Shahid presented a bouquet to Hafiz Junaid Amir Sial, while Principal of Pak Shama School Nabila Kaukab and Chairman of Bazm-e-Urdu Qatar Dr Faisal Hanif presented bouquets to Dr Tahir Hamid.
An introductory session with Dr Tahir Hamid titled “Be My Guest” was conducted by Aimen Zeb.
PAS President Muhammad Abrar Hussain welcomed the guests, while General Secretary Adeel Akbar conducted the programme and expressed gratitude to General Manager of Qatar International Nursery Abdul Rauf Rashid.
Ex-chairman of Sohni Dharti forum Rana Anwar Ali praised the programme.   Ex-House Keeping Manager of Mercure Grand Hotel Doha Jamal Uddin Haider, Usman Malik and Syed Munawar Hussain Shah were also present on the occasion.