Ischaemic heart disease, the number one killer
Ischaemic heart disease is the number one killer around the world
including Sri Lanka, Consultant Clinical and Interventional cardiologist
attached to the Institute of Cardiology, Colombo National Hospital Dr
Vajira Senaratne said.
He said early detection and leading a healthy lifestyle from
childhood is important to prevent heart diseases.
"Prevention is always better than cure," he told the Daily News
Dr Senaratne said even young Sri Lankans get heart attacks now
without prior symptoms or other problems.
"Junk food, smoking, lack of exercise, stress etc are some of the
common factors that cause heart diseases. Persons in the high risk
category - with a strong family history, having diabetes, high blood
pressure etc should take extra care about their heart," he said. Dr
Senaratne said Sri Lanka's healthcare facilities have achieved a
significant development during the recent years compared with the past.
"All main hospitals have facilities to treat heart attack patients.
Any patient can reach a hospital within half and hour. The most
important fact is transporting them to the nearest hospital within 90
minutes or less. Taking an aspirin tablet reduces heart attack deaths by
20 percent. It is important not to identify a heart attack as a
gastritis," he said.
"Bypass surgeries and other treatment are only temporary solutions
for patients who get heart attacks.
Secondary prevention is very important for them because their hearts
can be get blocked for the second time," Dr Senaratne said.