Despite the prevalence of heart failure and other related problems, the Nigerian populace are largely ignorant of this scourge and the financial burden people with this condition are subject to. A Heart Failure awareness event supported by Novartis in November, 2017 in a bid to sensitize the public about Heart Failure and its effect on the society, was attended by top cardiologists and representatives of various media houses. It was a platform organized to educate the public on heart failure and ways of managing the condition, bringing hope to Nigerians.
Answering questions about a possible cure, Consultant Cardiologits, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Amam Mbakwem stressed that there is no cure for heart failure and people were better off taking proper care of themselves, avoiding the occurrence all together. She however pointed out that all hope was not lost as drugs could be used to manage the condition, at the same time commenting on the high cost of treatment.
With improvement in technology, severe cases of heart failure can be managed by the introduction of machines with functional similarities to the heart, pumping blood, keeping the patient alive.
A cross section of journalists and representatives of Media & Digital houses at the Heart failure awareness event supported by Novartis . Photos by: BMedia TV