Rally held against women’s heart disease’


LAHORE – An awareness walk was organised in collaboration with Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC), the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the World Heart Federation on Friday to increase awareness about heart diseases among women. All participants wore red clothes and tied red ribbons as part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign. The three-day event started with a seminar at a local club while free consultation and tests were provided the next day.
AIMC Principal Dr Javed Akram said the walk had been organised considering a constant increase in heart diseases among women. “Every third woman dies of a heart attack; the issue is not properly highlighted,” he said, adding that the awareness about the fatal disease was very little among the women. As per a study, he said, average caloric consumption of European women was 1800, but Pakistani rural women consumed 1100 calories per day whereas the figure for urban women was as low as 300 calories. Women’s Chamber of Commerce President Dr Shela Akram said, “Women take tension which should be avoided.
They should adopt a healthy and relaxed life style and go for annual check ups and maintain their weight. In case of a problem, a proper doctor should be consulted instead of following the trend of discussing health issues with other women.” Lahore Press Club President Sarmad Bashir, young and senior doctors, working women and citizens from different sections of society were present.