More women dying of heart attack in Ghana now – Doctor reveals

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A Diabetologist and Endocrinologist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Dr Yacoba Atiase has disclosed that more women are dying from heart attack in Ghana now.

According to her, this is shocking as previous statistics indicated that men were the most victims of heart attack.

“The fact that you are born a male shows that you stand a higher of getting heart attack than a woman, apart from that you are at risk of getting heart attack earlier than a woman but that is changing…in recent times, more women are dying from heart attack than men,” she told Angel News.

She further mentioned cigarette smokers, BP patients, Diabetics, people with high cholesterol, drunkards, and people who hardly have enough sleep as the ones who are more likely to die of heart attack.

A cardiologist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Alfred Doku who was the main speaker at the 4th Biennial Public Lecture by the University of Ghana College of Health Sciences held at the British Council Hall in Accra under the theme “Heart Attack an Emerging Disease We Cannot Ignore” also appealed to the government to improve the country’s emergency healthcare system.

He said this will help save the lives of patients suffering from heart attack on time.

According to him, the healthcare system in Ghana must be improved to ensure that the rate at which people die from heart attack reduces.

He muted that persons who suffer from heart attack usually dies within an hour and hence the demand for the government to improve the healthcare system.

“A patient suffering from a heart attack will be transferred to different hospitals for treatment due to electricity issues or doctors not being around leaves such patient at a greater risk as the patient can die within the first hour of the attack as compared to how such patients are treated in abroad,” he said.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Abigail Abekah Fynn

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