The Uganda Heart Institute estimates that at least 100 people in Uganda die every year due to cardiac arrest.
Dr. Alfred Omo says most people look at their physical bodies and think that they are fine. “They do not even go for regular medical check ups. When they drop down and die, everyone says that they were healthy and strong,” said Dr Omo.
Last month Michelle Ingrid Mirembe, a student at Aga Khan passed away from cardiac arrest while on a trip in Athens, Greece where she was attending the World Scholars Cup. Mirembe also suffered from a heart condition and was on medication.
Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with a heart disease due to an existing health complication.
According to cardiologists, Ugandans are dying from cardiac arrest due to bad health seeking habits.
Dr. Alfred Omo, Heart, Chest and Vascular Diseases Consultant Specialist Apac Medical Center says cardiac arrest is a common condition because most people do not know the state of their health.
“Most people look at their physical bodies and think that they are fine. They do not even go for regular medical checks. This is dangerous,” he said.
Dr. Omo says that the easiest way to avoid cardiac arrest is by doing routine full body checkups on a regular basis to know the state of your health.