The first cardiovascular health fair in CDMX was hold

Due to inadequate lifestyles, characterized by a sedentary lifestyle and intake of unhealthy food, especially junk products, young people or even infants are more likely to experience health conditions associated with developing heart conditions.

“Already for about a decade, the recommendation is that from the age of 20 we start to perform cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose tests”, and even more so if there is no activity or unhealthy foods are consumed, said Omar de Jesús Ruiz, member of Heart Patients (PACO), one of the groups that organized the First Cardiovascular Health Fair on the esplanade of the Monument to the Revolution.

“On the eve of World Heart Day (September 29), the goal is to promote a culture of prevention. Not only do we not prevent it, but we are also not attached to the treatment. I have familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder, and I must take statins for life. Still, later, if we feel good, we stop taking drugs, but it is for life. Otherwise, the heart attacks will come”.

In an interview, he remarked that neither young people nor children are exempt from this type of problem “due to sedentary lifestyles and the high levels of obesity derived from the type of diet that exists both within the family nucleus and in schools where many junk products.”

He explained that the fair is in demand. “We settled in at 9 in the morning, but at 8, there were already people lined up. We are doing free tests for glucose, triglycerides, electrocardiograms, and retinal tests.”

Ruiz highlighted that due to Covid-19, a delay was generated in the care of cardiac patients because the priority was the pandemic. “It has already been normalized, but now the new ones are added.”

For more than two years, “attention has been focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, and we have left aside other fundamental aspects for the comprehensive health of Mexicans, such as cardiovascular problems since during 2021 there were 226,703 related deaths. With heart disease”.

PACO organized the Cardiovascular Health Fair, the National Association of Cardiologists of Mexico (ANCAM), and the Mexican Society of Cardiologists (SMC), among others. As part of this activity, free lipid tests, blood pressure and weight measurement, nutritional information, and dissemination of the #ConnectaConTuCorazón campaign were also carried out.

Another of the activities that will be part of this date will be the red illumination of the main historical monuments of Mexico City, such as the Angel of Independence and the Monument to the Revolution.

Source: La Jornada

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