Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on January 7, 2018
A fresh alarm has been raised about the rise of a type of heart disease known as the hypertensive heart disease in hospitals across the federation with an estimate of five in eight brought-in patients who reported cases of hypertension said to be at risk of a late stage of cardiac shutdown.
A group of top cardiologists from major University Teaching Hospitals in the country, under the umbrella of the Heart Failure Technical Board , raised the alarm at a media briefing held in Lagos, revealing that heart disease has become a major cause of death in the nation’s hospitals in recent times.
According to the Chairman of the group, who is a Consultant Cardiologist from Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Michael Olabode Balogun, Heart failure is deadlier than HIV and all cancers put together except for lung cancer.
He said ,the greatest challenge of the heart in Nigeria at this time is the complication arising from hypertension known as hypertensive heart disease as Hypertension causes the majority of heart failure and death.