A Cardiologist with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, (UITH), Professor Ibrahim Adeola-Katibi, has cautioned Nigerians against unhealthy lifestyles that could cause heart-attack.
Katibi gave the warnings on Sunday in a paper titled “Heart Attack: Signs, Symptoms Prevention, Cure and Control” presented at the ongoing Ramadan Lecture Series in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
The lecture series was organised by the Islamic Missionaries Association of Nigeria (IMAN).
The consultant advised Nigerians to avoid consumption of junk foods, smoking and alcohol intake to save them from the ailment.
He charged Nigerians to always undergo periodic medical checkup to ascertain their health status to guard against complications.
Also speaking, Dr Abdulwasiu Yusuf of UITH identified the causes of heart-attack to include high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, work stress and obesity, among others.
Yusuf however said heart-attack could be treated through surgery and medication.
He said the signs and symptoms of heart-attack included sudden chest pain, usually felt as a heaviness and chest tightening which might extend to the shoulder, neck and the hand.
According to him, it could result in vomiting, breathing difficulty, cough, dizziness and fainting.
He stressed the need for people to engage in regular exercise, consumption of healthy natural meals and have enough sleep to ensure healthy living.
The Provost, College of Health Sciences, UITH, Ilorin, Professor Abdulwahab Johnson, also urged patients to visit their doctors regularly to ensure early treatment of heart attack, which is a non-communicable disease.