Diseases related to cardiovascular diseases are most common in the TRNC

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Added On: 13 April 2022, Wednesday, 20:48
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Diseases related to cardiovascular diseases are most common in the TRNC
Near East University Hospital Cardiology Department Head Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu made a statement on the occasion of Heart Health week. He said that there are many risks causing cardiovascular diseases such as smoking, irregular diet, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and excessive stress. Stating that the most important risk factor is smoking, Prof. Dr. Duygu stated that energy drinks, which are frequently used by young people, also increase the risk of heart attack and cause arrhythmia in the heart.

Heart diseases are one of the most common health problems today due to multiple factors. Saying that these are diseases due to more than one factor, Near East University Hospital Cardiology Department Head Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu said that smoking, irregular diet, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and excessive stress are among the important risk factors for cardiovascular health. Prof. Dr. Duygu also stated that age, gender, genetic and ethnic factors are among the risk factors that impair cardiovascular health. Stating that age, gender, genetic and ethnic factors are in the group of unchangeable factors, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu stated that heart diseases due to smoking, unhealthy eating habits, disorders due to excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary life, obesity, blood lipids, blood pressure and high blood sugar are risk factors that can be corrected.

New lifestyle adversely affects eating habits
Stating that due to the rapid changes brought about by modern life and technology, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu stated that people have become less active now. Stating that the new lifestyle and eating habits are badly affected, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu stated that nutrition in this period is mostly based on foods of animal origin and said, “People do not consume enough vegetables and fruits. Combined with the lack of physical activity, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases. In recent years, cardiovascular occlusion is more common in daily practice in the twenties or thirties. The most important reason for this is the habit of smoking. In addition, decrease in physical activity, weight gain, insufficient attention to nutrition and stress are among the contributing factors.

Healthy eating is important for heart health
Stating that regular eating habits are of great importance in protecting heart health, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu said that with a regular and healthy diet, risk factors that cause cardiovascular diseases can be avoided. Prof. Dr. Duygu said, “With a healthy diet, it is possible to delay and reduce the development of overweight, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, which are risk factors that cause cardiovascular diseases. Western-style diet and fast food habits are gradually increasing in society. These risk factors can only be eliminated by targeting a healthy life.”

Regular diet reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
Stating that the eating pattern started to settle from childhood, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu stated that the risk of cardiovascular disease in society can be reduced by establishing a healthy diet habit from this age on. Saying that excessive consumption of calories and salt should be avoided, animal fats should be reduced, and an eating pattern should be adopted where vegetable oils, fresh vegetables, fiber-rich foods and fish should be consumed more. Prof. Dr. Duygu said that deaths from cardiovascular diseases are less common in regions where olive oil and fish consumption is higher. Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu said, “Less than 30 percent of the total consumed energy should be obtained from animal fats. Another issue that should be given priority is the fight against obesity and lack of movement, which are responsible for the alarming increase in the incidence of diabetes. The struggle that should be given at the community level on this issue can be realized by raising awareness to the society through education. In addition to physical activity classes in schools, nutrition education should also be given. In schools, students should be provided with the opportunity to do physical education for 1 hour a day. Increasing the number and quality of centers where adults can do physical education should be supported by the state.”

Diseases related to cardiovascular diseases are most common in the TRNC

Smoking is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases
Stating that smoking is one of the most important risk factors in cardiovascular diseases, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu emphasized that cigarette consumption causes many diseases along with cardiovascular occlusion. Prof. Dr. Duygu said, “Unfortunately, cigarette consumption steals twenty years from our lives. It causes many diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases.

Therefore, smokers should give up these habits. Like active smoking, passive smoking is also very important. “People should definitely stay away from the smoking environment.”

50% of smokers die because of this
Stating that 50 percent of regular smokers are lost due to cigarette consumption, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu pointed out that approximately half of these deaths are seen in the middle age group. Stating that the amount of cigarettes smoked is directly related to cardiovascular diseases, cancer and respiratory system diseases, Prof. Dr. Duygu said that there are similar risks in passive smoking. Stating that the first step in preventing smoking is education, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu emphasized that intensive efforts should be made in this regard in schools, workplaces and health institutions.

Cardiovascular disease is the most common in TRNC.
Stating that the most common disease in the TRNC is cardiovascular diseases, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu said that cardiovascular diseases can be seen frequently in young people. Emphasizing that the reasons that increase the risk of heart attack in young people are drug use, irregular diet and irregular sleep, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu gave the information that the recreational substances that young people frequently use recently also cause heart attacks. Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu continued his words as follows: “Young people have been using energy drinks or recreational drugs lately. Energy drinks consumed by young people cause heart attacks. It causes arrhythmia in the heart, especially in young people. If we give general information, people with cardiovascular occlusion should be especially careful and take precautions. People should not use cigarettes, energy drinks, or recreational substances, and they should get rid of their excess weight. Regular sleep is very important in cardiovascular disease. People should get at least seven hours of sleep. People who sleep poorly experience especially cardiovascular occlusion and rhythm disturbances.”