Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioral risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol. It is important to detect cardiovascular disease as early as possible so that management with counselling and medicines can begin.
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. They include coronary heart diseases, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Given the growing numbers of people of all age brackets coming down with cardiovascular disease in Nigeria, the cardiovascular unit of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is busiest clinic in the facility; this no doubt has made the cardiology unit of the hospital the best in the country and West Africa region in terms of manpower and training.
Speaking to a consultant physician and cardiologist, a Professor of Medicine, Dr. MacLean Akpa said the heart is the engine of the body hence should be looked after. According to him, “Anything that affects the heart, affects the lungs, kidney and so many organs of the body, so it’s a core specialty in internal medicine.”
Welcoming the team to UPTH on behalf of Management, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Prof. Lucky Onotai, who represented the CMD, Prof. Henry Ugboma, assured the team that they will be impressed by the calibre of personnel and equipment they will meet during their tour of the institution.