PREVENTIVE CARDIOLOGY – THE ONLY WAY OUT!
Keywords:Preventive Cardiology, Non Communicable Disease, Prevention
As a consequence of 'Epidemiological transition' WHO estimates that 60% of the world's heart patients will be in South East Asian region. South Asia is home to alarge, quickly growing, and predominantly poor population.These findings have major implications for South Asia. NCDs increase with aging but without associated economic gains it can lead to unhealthy aging. This is characterized by disability and premature death.To conclude, the burden of non communicable diseases is rapidly increasing in the developing countries. With increase in the incidence of non communicable diseases on one hand and inability to control the menace of infectious diseases on the otherhand, leaves the developing countries extremely vulnerable. In countries like Pakistan treatment options are expensive andlimited and most of the population does not have access to the tertiary care hospitals. It would therefore be more logical to 30 concentrate on prevention of diseases.