NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Medical experts on Saturday blamed Kenya’s urbanization for the
rising cases of heart disease.
Society President Bernard Gitura told Xinhua in Nairobi that in
order to tackle heart diseases, it is important to raise
awareness of risk factors.
“Most of the risk
factors associated with heart diseases continue to increase in
urban centers and are fueled by sedentary lifestyles,” Gitura
Gitura said the
uptake of fast food with lots of salt could lead to increased
risk of a heart attack.
He revealed that
studies have indicated that vehicles as well as industries that
burn coal emit smoke that contributes to respiratory and heart
He observed that the
key risk factors of heart disease include poor diet, excessive
use of alcohol, smoking as well as lack of physical exercise.
Gitura said one of
the commonest causes of heart disease is heart failure which is
caused by hypertension and high blood pressure.
The president said
rheumatic heart disease, which is the leading cause of heart
surgery in Kenya is brought about by poorly treated sore throat
and tends to affect those between the age of 15 and 35.
Gitura said due to
Kenya’s advances in medical technology, doctors are now able to
detect cases of congenital heart disease which is present at
He urged the public
to go for screening in order to detect heart diseases at an
early stage when it is easier to treat.