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2,000 deaths each year from heart disease

Two thousand people in Cyprus die each year from heart disease and 39,000 heart patients are hospitalised in public hospitals each year, Chairman of the Cyprus Society of Cardiology Georgos Georgiou said on Tuesday.

At a press conference on the occasion of the upcoming World Heart Day, it was announced that heart disease and strokes are the leading causes of death worldwide, causing more than 17 million deaths annually.

“If nothing is done about the situation soon, it is estimated that this number will soar to 23 million by 2030,” Georgiou warned.

The chairman went on to say that this year the heart association sends out the message ‘Give power to your life’ with an enlightenment campaign in all cities on Thursday.

Citing international data, Georgiou reported that approximately 30 per cent of deaths worldwide are caused by or directly related to cardiovascular disease, and that in Europe, cardiovascular problems account for 42 per cent of all deaths.

“Every four seconds there is a heart attack around the world, and every five seconds a new stroke,” he noted, adding “recent epidemiologic studies in Cy-prus have shown that 27.8 per cent of adults are obese and 36.1 per cent overweight, while 8.1 per cent of children are obese and 20.1 per cent over-weight.”

Health Minister Giorgos Pamborides said people need to be informed about prevention methods, such as stopping smoking, reducing cholesterol, control-ling blood pressure and the inclusion of exercise in our daily schedule.

As part of the campaign free blood pressure measurement will be available and people will be informed about measures to prevent heart disease by cardiolo-gists.

The events will take place on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm in the Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia, in My Mall in Limassol, the Kings Avenue Mall in Paphos and Ermou Square in Larnaca.

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