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An Administration Police Officer receives medical asistance from a Doctor.Heart attack cases are increasing in the country. Photo/Business Today-File

We treat our hearts as special organs and that could be why losing your significant other is figuratively referred to as heartbreaks.

In this season of love, Kenyans are protecting themselves from heartbreaks but are they really insulated from real heart risks. Most of us are not really protected from risky heart d******s like Heart a*****s and H**********n.

According to Dr. Joshua Orwa, a heart specialist and Medical Superintendent at Bliss Healthcare, there is a great lack of focus on dealing with heart d******s in the country. Orwa mentioned that both private and public hospitals in the country do not have what it takes to deal with heart a****k cases.

“It is very possible that even if one got a heart a****k within the compound of many Kenyan health facilities, they might still d*e from it because quite a good number of our facilities lack equipment such as ECG (Electrocardiogram) machines to definitively diagnose it and other resources to treat it including some d***s or the specialists who are in quite short supply,” Orwa told a Business Today reporter.

In developed countries, these devices are even available in public spaces like airports, train stations, and buildings. The devices are as important as having a f**e extinguisher in any building or public space.

Heart d*****e used to be prevalent in developed countries but is now spreading fast to developing nations like Kenya. Kenya has a long way to go before it can be compared to developed countries but sorting out our healthcare system can be a good start.

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Dr. Orwa says that heart a****k cases are slowly raising but the government is yet to invest in facilities that can tackle a heart a****k.

In Kenya, infectious d******s like Malaria and HIV/AIDS still cause more d****s but cardiovascular d******s are becoming an emerging problem. According to the Kenya National Guidelines of Cardiovascular D*****e Management, cardiovascular d******s account for 25% of hospital admissions in the country.

13% of autopsies done in Kenya reveal that cardiovascular d******s were the cause of d***h. With those statistics, it does make sense why, from a public health perspective, the government will focus more on infectious d******s but it also builds a case for an increased emphasis on heart d******s.

How to Protect Yourself

A heart a****k occurs when there is an interruption in b***d flow to the heart and causes d***h to the part of the heart muscle that has lucked oxygen supply. According to Dr. Orwa, people who are well over 40 stand a higher risk of getting a heart a****k than the younger generation.

“The people more at risk of getting heart a*****s include men who are over 45 years, women over 55 years, t*****o users, people with high b***d pressure, obesity and/or diabetes. Other risks include lack of physical activity, family history, and psychological stress,” Orwa noted.

The symptoms of a heart a****k vary from one person to another but the most common one id chest pains. Dr. Orwa added that chest pains associated with heart a*****s are usually c******g in nature usually triggered by exertion and relieved when one rests.

“The best way to prevent or reduce the risk of getting heart a*****s is to avoid the modifiable risk factors. These measures including stopping t*****o use, maintaining a healthy weight, consistently and appropriately following your doctor’s advice and taking medications if you are hypertensive or diabetic,” Orwa advises.

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