Absolutely No Cure For Heart Failure

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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.

From left: Consultant Cardiologist, University College Hospital (UCH)Ibadan; Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah, Consultant Cardiologist, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH); Prof. Kamilu Karaye, Consultant Cardiologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH); Prof. Amam Mbakwem, the Chairman of the Occasion/Consultant Cardiologist, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH); Prof. Michael Balogun, Consultant Cardiologist, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH); Dr. Maclean Akpa; Consultant Cardiologist, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH); Prof. Ibraheem Katibi; and Consultant Cardiologist, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH); Dr. Dike Ojji, during a heart failure awareness event, held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos. November 24, 2017. Photo: BMedia TV

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.

Consultant Cardiologist, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Amam Mbakwem

 

A cross section of journalists and representatives of Media & Digital houses at the Heart failure awareness event supported by Novartis .                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photos by: BMedia TV

 

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