Cardiovascular Disease: Medical Expert cautions against Smoking

In order to lower cardiovascular risk in human body and curb heart/ blood vessel problem known as Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the Chief Medical Director,(CMD) Federal University Teaching Hospital ,Ido-Ekiti (FETHI) Professor Ebenezer Adekunle Ajayi has warned against smoking and unhealthy food choices.

Professor Ajayi who noted that the heart and the vascular system is central to life and healthy living said , “risk is gradable from low to high, and in some instances very high ,but no adult is entirely free of risk ,hence ,low risk is never no risk.

“Therefore, individual must learn to take responsibility for a healthy living while stakeholders in the health system must upgrade their supportive involvements to reduce morbidity and mortality arising from cardiovascular disease”.

The Professor of Medicine gave the submission yesterday while delivering the 69th inaugural lecture of the Ekiti state University,EKSU,Ado-Ekiti.

Professor Ajayi at the inaugural lecture titled:” Low Risk, Not No Risk: The Travails of a LifeTime , Pump Fighting Fate stated that “the older we get ,the higher the risk, and the more the number of individual risk factors the higher the risk as well


” it has been established that the earlier in life attention is paid to mitigating the impact of risk factors, the better the quality of life and the longer the time to the onset of the first cardiovascular disease event”

The inaugural lecturer advised individuals to quit tobacco use while those who are yet to start smoking ,must not start

“ make healthy food choices, be physically active ,government should provide safe sidewalks to promote physical activity”

The EKSU Vice Chancellor, Professor Edward Olanipekun while appreciating the inaugural lecturer for the submission stressed that,

“inaugural lecture is an avenue to share with the audience scholarly contribution to university

“The lecture stresses the importance of cardiovascular system, if you want to live a healthy life the lecturer has advised smoker to do away with it ,prospective smoker should not try it”

The inaugural lecture was attended by array of academics and other dignitaries included the monarch of the lecturer’s hometown, Oba Sunday Adewumi, Okinbaloye,Onigogo of Igogo Ekiti.

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