From left: Consultant Cardiologist, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah; Consultant Cardiologist, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Prof. Kamilu Karaye; Consultant Cardiologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Amam Mbakwem; the Chairman of the Occasion/Consultant Cardiologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Prof. Micheal Balogun; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Dr. Maclean Akpa; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Ibraheem Katibi; and Consultant Cardiologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Dr. Dike Ojji, during a heart failure awareness event, held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos. November 24, 2017. Photo: BMedia TV
SPONSORED POST: Heart-related diseases have been identified as contributors to the increasing hospitalisation and death rates in Nigerian hospitals. Out of concern for this situation, seasoned cardiologists from teaching hospitals across the country convened in Lagos on the 24th of November, for a Heart Failure awareness event supported by Novartis at Sheraton Hotel Lagos.
The cardiologists adequately responded to questions from an audience comprising of journalists, digital and traditional media representatives ranging from what heart failure is, common symptoms and how the lives of victims could improve with proper care.
Consultant Cardiologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Dr. Maclen Akpa listed a few symptoms including:
- Rapid pounding of the heart (noticeable by an individual),
- A continuous need to rest between activities,
- Swollen legs after a days filled with activities,
- The need to sit down, as lying down makes the individual uncomfortable.
He listed other symptoms as dizziness, pain and discomfort in areas around the chest.
Likening the heart failure to a knocked engine, he advised everyone present to submit themselves to frequent medical check-ups, because lifelong treatment of this condition will affect a sufferer’s finances as it is very expensive to treat.
MEET THE CARDIOLOGISTS AT THE EVENT:
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The photos below is a cross section of journalists and representatives of Media & Digital houses at the Heart failure awareness event supported by Novartis.
Photo Credit: BMedia TV