President, Nigerian Cardiac Society (NCS), Dr Okechukwu Ogah, has raised the alarm over the rising cases of cardiovascular diseases in Nigeria, saying about 93 per cent of the adult population in the country have high blood pressure.
Ogah stated this yesterday at the NCS’s 2022 Convocation of Fellows and Induction of Full and Associate Members, in Abuja.
He said high blood pressure is one of the main causes of cardiovascular diseases, adding that unhealthy lifestyle contributes to about 15 to 25 percent.
He said, “Pulmonary artery disease is becoming rampant in Nigeria because of our unhealthy lifestyle, we are changing from the old system we had, and a lot of people are now having obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes. Apart from infections, the next thing that kills our people is non-communicable diseases, of which cardiovascular disease is the most prominent. Over 24 percent of mortality in Nigeria is as a result of cardiovascular diseases.
“We have one Cardiologist to 10,000 persons in this country, this is not enough and it is very dangerous, we are witnessing the migration of health workers and if nothing is done, the situation will be worse in the near future.”
The physician also said that some heart diseases are pregnancy induced, adding that in some parts of the country, especially in the North West and North East, one in every 100 women who delivers a baby develops heart problems.