Health technology company, Royal Philips, has partnered the World Heart Federation to raise awareness on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
The firm decried low awareness levels about the disease in Nigeria, stating that over 50 per cent of Nigerians were unaware of CVD and 77 per cent were not concerned about their risk of the disease.
The Business Leader of Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions at the organisation, Carla Kriwet, said most cardiovascular diseases could be prevented by changing behaviours and eliminating risk factors.
She said, “Our new partnership with the World Heart Federation is an important element of our commitment to drive prevention of CVD by making clear the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and to help people, including Nigerians, make better choices and develop healthier habits for life.”
The organisation said it had inaugurated myheartisunique.com, an online educational hub designed to drive awareness of preventing CVD through healthy living.
It stated, “With over 86 million Internet users in Nigeria, we hope to use the medium to provide CVD prevention education to Nigerians. The hub will feature expert interviews; questions for patients to ask their cardiologists; information on living with CVD including early warning signs; and lifestyle-related content such as exercise tips and heart-healthy recipes. ”