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Aga Khan University Hospital marks World Heart Day





<span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;">Aga Khan University Hospital joined the  Kenya Cardiac Society and the World Heart Federation in celebrating this year’s World Heart Day at the Nairobi Railways Club. Under the theme ‘Heart choices  not hard choices’,  this year’s World Heart Day focused on ensuring that  people are able to make heart healthy choices wherever they live, work or play  and  encourage the reduction of cardiovascular diseases.</span><br style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;">During the celebrations, AKUH offered free heart screening to over 70 people. The screening included high blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and  consultation as well as education on healthy lifestyles. According to Professor  Gerald Yonga, Chair of Medicine and cardiologist at AKUH, Kenya is among the  hardest hit by rheumatic heart disease with 200,000 new cases being reported each  year caused by untreated strep infections.</span><br style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;">There is also a severe shortage of specialists, cardiology training programmes  and cardiac catheterization laboratories (cathlabs). Almost all cathlabs are  based in Nairobi, which is home to only about 12 per cent of the national   population. In 2011, the hospital opened a state-of-the-art Heart and Cancer  Centre to offer comprehensive quality cardiac and cancer care with the most  advanced technology and the latest therapeutic and rehabilitation services  delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of experts.</span><br style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14.6667px;">The hospital&#39;s Patient Welfare Program, provides financial assistance to  qualifying patients who are not able to afford such world class care. The event  was well attended by officials from the Ministry of Health, various hospitals, religious organizations and educational institutions.</span>
 

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