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AKUH Holds Heart Health Event in Partnership with the Karachi Press Club

<p>The Aga Khan University Hospital hosted a “Heart Health Event” in collaboration with the Karachi Press Club on September 25, 2018 to raise awareness about heart related problems and diseases in Pakistan. The free heart checkup was followed by a panel discussion at the Press Club, Karachi. Dr Asim Belgaumi, Chief Medical Officer, AKUH also joined this event where he quoted, “Our Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) speaks for itself, we assure highest standards of quality in healthcare.”</p><div>“The awareness about high quality standards in healthcare is increasing day by day and patients need the assurance which the Aga Khan University Hospital through its JCIA seal endorses it to the patients,” continues Akbar Khan, Head of Quality and Patient Safety, AKUH.  </div><div>
</div><div>Over 200 journalists participated in this camp and the panel discussion. Some of the leading doctors and surgeons spoke as panelists in the discussion:</div><div>
</div><div>Dr. Saulat Fatimi, Service Line Chief, Heart, Lung and Vascular Service Line, AKUH</div><div>Dr. Zainab Samad, Chair – Department of Medicine, Cardiologist, AKUH</div><div>Dr. Javaid Khan, Pulmonologist, AKUH</div><div>Dr. Yawer Saeed, Assistant Professor, Electro Physiologist, AKUH</div><div> </div><div>“Every hour, 12 people die because of heart problems,” quoted Dr. Saulat Fatimi. He continued the discussion by further explaining that the Pakistani population should take preventive measures and lead a healthy lifestyle and in case a person does show symptoms of heart attack at home, it is best to chew two aspirins as it will control the blood circulation till the time the patient is taken to the hospital.</div><div>
</div><div>Dr Javaid quoted that “One Lakh people die because of smoking and it also leads to other diseases like: Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Problems.” Dr. Zainab continued to highlight the three S’s which can cause health problems: Salt, Sugar and Smoking. “Healthy eating habits can be adopted by adding fruits in your meals and try exercising 3-4 times a week as practice.” These health tips and guidelines shared by the Doctors at the Aga Khan University Hospital will be beneficial for our population.</div><div> </div><div>The collaboration with the Press Club Karachi was a great opportunity, and Waqar Bhatti who is the Health Committee Secretary of the Karachi Press Club said as much too. “The event was a great success and the journalists were really happy to get advice from some of the seniors’ doctors of the Aga Khan University Hospital.”</div><div> </div><div>We wish to continue serving the society with such beneficial camps. “This event really helped us interact with the team at the Aga Khan University Hospital, the perception of AKUH being a Hospital for the ‘elite’ has been cleared, the Doctors shared some great health tips with us and it shows that they are very talented and competent.” Commented one of the participant, Humaira Motala, Media Consultant.</div><div>
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