The Rise & Rise of heart attack in Naija

Tasty Fried Chicken Boss’s son Bunmi Adedayo
Heart
attack is a condition in which the heart is suddenly unable to adequately carry
out its function of pumping blood round the body.  It is often as a result of major reduction in
or lack of blood supply to parts of the heart muscles due to partial or total
blockage of the artery that normally supplies blood to those parts.  If the vessel affected is fairly large, the
area of the heart muscle involved will be more extensive and the condition will
be more serious. 


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Heart attack is one of the most serious medical emergencies
because unless appropriate medical intervention is immediately given, most of
the victims usually die short after. 
Heart attack is therefore often responsible for sudden death, which has
become a common feature among middle class Nigerians.  Since most victims of heart attack may not be
previously known to be seriously ill, even by close relatives and friends,
death from heart attack is usually a surprise to almost everyone.  Hence the condition commonly creates a
feeling of insecurity and helplessness all around.

“It can be said that
of all possible causes of heart attack, malnutrition or unhealthy eating habit
tops them.  Malnutrition in this case is
over eating or obesity, not under-nutrition with which we are most familiar as
malnutrition, usually among the poor, and especially children.  Poor eating habit in the form of over eating
and eating a lot of the wrong type of food is the major contributory factor to
heart attack”.
Obesity is the
Commander-in-Chief of Heart Attack
Although
heart attack usually occurs suddenly, the development of the conditions that
lead to heart attack is a gradual process. 
They are directly related to our eating habit and some genetic
factors.  It can be said that of all
possible causes of heart attack, malnutrition or unhealthy eating habit tops
them.  Malnutrition in this case is over
eating or obesity, not under-nutrition with which we are most familiar as
malnutrition, usually among the poor, and especially children.  Poor eating habit in the form of over eating
and eating a lot of the wrong type of food is the major contributory factor to
heart attack.  The wrong types of food in
this case are the most sumptuous, cherished and expensive animal protein foods,
which are nevertheless unhealthy when we eat too much of tem.  We will further discuss this particular
aspect of malnutrition later but first, we have to learn some basic things
about nutrition.
From the Book; “Early and Sudden Death; the Price of Affluence among
Nigerians”
(Read “Food habits
that will save you from Heart Attack” tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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