Cardiovascular diseases, main cause of death recorded each year in Tunisia

(TAP) – Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the main causes of death recorded each year in Tunisia (26%), followed by cancers (16%), said President of the Tunisian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery (STCCCV) Lilia Zkhama.


She explained in a statement to TAP, on the occasion of World Heart Day observed on September 29 each year, that among cardiovascular diseases, is the myocardial infarction which occurs when a plaque breaks off, then moves and becomes immobilised in a coronary artery.


70% of heart attack victims in Tunisia are smokers, 40% have high blood pressure and 35% have diabetes, she indicated.


The doctor urged people not to ignore the warning signs of a heart attack and to call the emergency medical service (SAMU) in case of persistent pain in the chest.


The main warning signs of a heart attack are shortness of breath, pain that can extend from the chest area to the arms, paleness, sweating or weakness, chest pain, nausea and vomiting.


The STCCCV is organising an awareness day for heart patients on October 2 at the City of Science in Tunis, she announced.


Source: TAP News Agency