Written by Muyideen ALIU

Cardiovascular diseases: Nigerians cautioned on salt intake

A call has gone to Nigerians to reduce salt intake, avoid alcohol and cigarette to reduce number of deaths resulting from cardiovascular diseases.

Kwara State Vector Control Officer in the Environmental and Occupational Health Division, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Fatimah Lah stated this during the monthly meeting of Women in Technical Education and Employment, WITEDs, State Polytechnic chapter, recently.

Lah described cardiovascular disease as a disorder that affects the blood vessel which is found in both males and females.

According to her, the common types of cardiovascular disease in our society are cerebrovascular disease commonly known as "stroke" and Hypertensive Heart Disease whose symptoms include chest pain, discomfort or pain radiating to the arm, left shoulder, jaw and back, shortness of breath, severe headache, and leg and ankle swelling among others.

She said the World Health Organization, WHO, has identified it as the leading cause of death worldwide which can be prevented through lifestyle modification and routine medical check.

Lah, who said cardiovascular disease are non-communicable diseases, are generally not noticed until its complications sets in and urged people to always check their blood pressure, reduce salt intake and avoid alcohol and cigarette.

She advised staff of the institution to always increase their fruits and vegetables intake and maintain a blood pressure below 140/90mm Hg.

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