Why many Nigerians are dying of heart attack — Heart Doctors

The GDA and other Media Executives taking notes under the influence of Professor Kamar Adeleke
A group of
Heart  medicine experts lead by Professor
Kamar Adeleke
of Tristate Heart & Vascular Center,
in Ogun
State—South West Nigeria have listed three major reasons why Nigerians now die
of heart attack (Cardiovascular accident). 
The heart doctors listed poor nutritional habits, lack of cart test
regime and bad pre birth health monitoring culture for babies by government as
the three dare-devil musketeers that contributes to the high indices of sudden
and summary deaths among Nigerians these days. 
It will be recalled that two famous Nigerian Football Coaches in the
person of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Keshi and Mr. Amodu Shuaibu had
died of heart related diseases couple of weeks back in Edo State, Southern

The Hear Experts of Tristate Heart & Vascular Center with Media Executives
Speaking to
journalists after a tour of a N2.4 Billion Naira ultra modern
heart surgery facilities at Tristate Heart and Vascular Center,
University Teaching Hospital
, Ilisan
Remo in Ogun State-South West
Nigeria,  the medical experts lead by  Professor Kamar Adeleke,  and his team of administrators;  Dr. Olukunle Iyanda (COO), Dr.
B.O Oyesola
(Chief Anaestrologist), Dr. Michael Sanusi (Adult
& Paediatric Cardiothoracic surgeon) and Dr. Tosin Majekodunmi (Chief
of Structural Heart Disease) called for an urgent review by the Nigerian
Government for a national health tax regime that will enable average Nigerians
to have a pool of funds that can help defray the heavy cost of health related
surgery when the need arises. The second solution proffered by the Tristate

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heart experts is an improved level of awareness on the part of government on
how Nigerians can avoid things that leads to a damaged heart.

Professor Kamar Adeleke, CEO, Tristate Heart & Vascular Center
Tristate  Heart & Vascular Center (THVC) which prides herself as the most
equipped Heart Hospital in Western Sahara Africa urged Nigerians not to only
check their heart conditions from time to time but to equally engage in
physical activities that will protect their heart and reduce the risk of
Cardiovascular disease including stroke and paralysis. 

Professor Kamar Adeleke in a Hearty discussion with the GDA as Dr. Olukunle Iyanda listens

Tristate which started her operations at the University
Teaching Hospital
(UCH) Ibadan, in 2014 is providing a
comprehensive health tourism relief for all Nigerians with the installation of
several state-of-the-arts heart treatment facilities at her new site which is
affiliated to Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan Remo
“Our major aim is to help a large
number of Nigerians spending fortunes annually on health tourism to India and other countries cut down
their budget by saving at least 46 percent cost and still get the same
treatment they get in Germany, USA and India here in Nigeria” Professor Kamar
assured Asabeafrika and other
media executive while taking a tour round the state-of-the-arts heart treatment
The GDA poses with a brand new Heart Surgery Ambulance at THVC
Kamar who said heart surgery in their
facility costs between N3.5 Million Naira and N4.5 million said even though the
elite class could afford it but that cannot be said of the ordinary citizen of
Nigeria. “Yes, we want many Nigerians to
benefit from this great opportunity. We have been able to bring experience,
service and expertise together but we must be humane enough to give service to
everyone no matter class or ability”

The Heart experts at Tristate with members of NHIS when they visited

 He was happy to inform us that recently the
Federal Government owned National Health Insurance Scheme
came visiting and endorsed Tristate, promising to partner the
organization in the area of heart operation for children of 0 to 5 years “I can tell you right now, things are working
for us. This past month and for the first time, the National Health Insurance
Scheme (NHIS) came here and saw what we are doing and they said ‘you know what?
We are going to partner with you. We will sponsor patients for you’. As a
matter of fact, NHIS promised to sponsor any kid below age of 5 through a
partnership program with us”.

A State-of-the-arts Heart Surgery Machine

Professor Adeleke however said the help is good enough
but can’t take care of the entire process “The
synergy is not really covering everything because each of the surgery we carry
out, if we are to use the new exchange rate, probably it will go for a minimum
rate of N3.5 million. But per child they (NHIS) promise to pay N1.5 Million and
we agreed that the relations of the victim will add up N500, 000.00 which will
give us N2million for such operations which is still far down our actual cost.
But again, we have to find a way to help those without hope. Majority of
Nigerians particularly the children cannot come up with that kind of money”.
Kamar who said his organization want to
help as many Nigerians as possible said even though NHIS is ready to help raise
bill to save a heart challenged child of age 0 to 5, his organization is taking
the save-a-child’s-heart campaign further “In
responding to the issue of raising funds and all that, we decided to establish
a foundation called Tristate Heart
. Tristate Heart
has prominent Nigerians on board. The goal of this foundation is
to serve as a palliative body for the benefit of those  ordinary Nigerians who need emergency heart
surgery; to help use the funds we gather get them off their predicament and
imminent death. I believe since treatment cannot be hundred percent free,
people should contribute something. The contribution may come from government
it may come from concerned and kind hearted individuals, it may come from NGOs
but the fund will help them to earn the treatment”

A Multi-million Dollars State-of-the-arts Heart Facility inside the Center

On how the
foundation will succeed, Professor Kamar added that “We have already incorporated the Tristate Heart Foundation and we have
already had our first meeting. We have eminent Nigerians on the board. Our
Chairman is Chief Bisi Akande
(Ex-Governor of Osun State and former Interim National Chairman of APC). Other
personalities on the board of the foundation include Channels Television
founder John Momoh; we also have Chief Michael Sanusi the former CBN
Governor. We have (Alhaji) A.B. Mahmoud,
he is a veteran legal expert and the new President of the Nigerian Bar
Association (NBA). We also have Professor
Temitope Alonge on the board the CMD
of UCH (Ibadan) and Mrs. Roberts who
is a prominent lawyer in Ibadan. We have Professor
; he is the former Vice Chancellor of Babcock University. And I am
on the board as well”
He hinted
that the board is going to be having a fund raising dinner soon. “One of the things we are trying to do now
is to organize events where we can propagate our dream and intention. We are
going to have what we call the black
tie fundraising dinner which will take place in Lagos. I believe we
tentatively have September to put the event together. The Black Tie is going to be non- benefit; and the beauty of the Black Tie fund raising dinner is that
every penny that we raise is going to be spent on the patient”

The GDA with the CEO, Tristate Heart & Vascular Center, Professor Kamar Adeleke

 Why Nigerians need to check their
Dr. Tosin Majekodunmi who is in charge of Structural Heart
Disease at Tristate urged Nigerians especially the elites to always carry
out what he calls Cardiac Catheterization. “It is a simple test we do for patients. We
have the machines here, an imaging procedure that shows how your heart is
working, that is, how well you are supplied by blood vessel and if there are
any blockages in the coronary arteries of the heart it will show the blockade”.

On how long the procedure works, the London trained structural heart expert
said “We test you just for an hour and you don’t have to be put to sleep”.
He continued “We have done quite a number
of cases. We have several ways of helping our patients. We have what we call
the interventional cases and what we call diagnostic cases. We have done 6
interventional cases where we put stems in blood vessels; we opened them up and
things like that. And in terms of diagnostic cases, we have probably done about
30 to 40 of them as a whole. Diagnosis cases are where we are evaluating
patients who need to go to the theatre so that they can be given maximum
treatment under good procedures. And it is a very important thing to do because
the risk of when they get on with treatment depends on a lot of the factors
that we take note of before they enter the theater.

The GDA in a rare pose with Professor Kamar Adeleke and his team of Heart Doctors at Tristate

So, you need to check if
the pressure in the lung is too high or there is a blockage somewhere that you
need to deal with. Some of these things can create crisis for the patients and
we need to do it before they go to the theatre. It is a very important
procedure because like we mentioned earlier, our patients travel all over the
world. They go to places; part of the problem is that patients who have not
been thoroughly evaluated are suddenly brought under the pressure of the surgeon’s
knife. But here, one of the things that we are very lucky to have with us is
the professional ability to investigate a patient thoroughly before he is allowed
into the theatre.  It is important to
carry out all the necessary health checks on your patients to ensure they are
fit for operation.  We have done 75
vascular cases from January 2014 when we started at UCH, Ibadan till date. Yes, of all the 75 cases, we did well with 93%.
We had cases of children with hole in the heart and adults with blocked
arteries within the heart. For now, I think we are about the best center in the
country that gives solution to most of the blocked arteries in the heart”.

A Cross Section of Medical Valves for Heart Surgery

Why Kids suffer Heart diseases
On how to
prevent congenital heart diseases which leads to death of children with holes
in the heart and rampant in Nigeria, Dr. Majekodunmi said. “It is a standard knowledge around the world
that one percent of every child born could have a congenital heart disease.
Some of them can get worse with time while some of them can close naturally.
But one out of hundred percent births will have a hole in the heart. Some of
them may close by themselves but not all of them. If like a hundred thousand
children have a hole in their hearts, maybe thirty percent of them may close by
themselves which is a significant number but the rest will need an

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The GDA storms Tristate Heart & Vascular Center, Ilisan Remo

Why the Problem persists in Nigeria
 Professor Kamar took it from where Dr.
stopped and gave an in-depth enlightenment on why many
babies suffer heart diseases. Hear him “The
major problem is that Nigeria is not even diagnosing everybody, we need to
diagnose hundred percent and we are not doing this. The awareness is not there.
In the United State of America if a
baby is born today, I can guarantee you from the time of pregnancy and even
before the baby comes they already know what could harm the baby, from
pregnancy. Now, we are actually doing surgery
, we do the surgery, leave the baby there so that the damage
is not done before the baby is born because the baby’s heart is form and
completed at six weeks gestation. That is why with pregnancy, you need to
really get rid of any bad habit you indulge in long before you even get
pregnant so that your baby’s total health can be guaranteed for the next nine
months. So, we are now at the level that we can do anything intra-uterine. At
least, from day one of life, you need to diagnose the baby. But how many of
Nigerian hospitals have this facilities and the orientation?.  What we are doing is self prevention because
some of these children have died within a week of birth. Some, within a year
because they were not diagnosed in time or even before birth”.

The Tristate Atmosphere at Ilisan-Remo

How Government can stop cardiovascular
deaths in Nigeria
In his own
word Dr.
Michael Sanusi
, an adult and Paediatric surgeon at Tristate want Government
to come up with a policy that will guarantee the life of the average man on the
street in the case of a heart illness. He advocated a long and short term
solution process. On the short term he said “I think in the short term Government both at state, local government
and national level could help to sponsor patients who are victims of heart
illness. Government can provide sponsorship for these patients to have their
operation successfully”.

At Tristate, the Doctors do the Operation, but Christ The Healer does the healing

He spoke on
the long term process “On the long term,
government should promote and establish a health insurance scheme for the
citizen. Government should ensure that every single Nigerian has medical
insurance for both the good and bad days. For government to achieve this there
must be a legislation to back it up. We need a law from the National Assembly
to enforce every Nigerian to either pay N1000, N500 or N250 every month into a
certain health security account.

Professor Kamar Adeleke sharing a joke with the GDA & Others

This pool of fund will serve as security for
those who need emergency heart surgery or any other debilitating situation that
warrants such amount of money. Out of 100% of Nigerians, 5% will always fall
sick; this insurance will serve as emergency fund. Of course, everyone must pay
a certain amount at the end of every month. Both the ill and the healthy ones
so that when a taxi cab owner who has no huge savings in his bank account  is ill and need a heart surgery, we can always
take from this pool of funds and take care of the person. We have situations
where even high grade officers like Professors are ill and they need emergency
treatment and there is no funds to prosecute the treatment and in most cases,
this people die. In all advanced countries of the world, health insurance
policy is an integral part of social engineering.  Not all the time you will expect the
population to be ill but for the few who are ill from time to time, a strong
health tax policy will help them. A national health insurance policy will serve
as a lasting panacea. Now, I learnt government is trying to sponsor kids from 0
to 5 years, I mean kids with hole in the heart, but we can do pretty more than
that. All we need in Nigeria is a national health insurance scheme and the rest
will be history”
The GDA and Professor Kamar Adeleke inspecting the facilities
(You can reach Tristate Heart & Vascular Center for Consultation on +234 701
875 7530, +234 807 401 2039, +234 807 100 0900, +234 807 100 0070, or write


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