PT DAHANA held a Healthy Talk activity with Hamori Hospital under the theme of “Healthy Hearts! Live Longer, Live Happier” featuring Hamori Hospital’s Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Dhika Dwi Putra in a hybrid manner: online via zoom meeting and offline in the DAHANA Campus Class Room, 26 September 2023.
In his presentation, Dr Putra gave explanation about the heart, both in terms of function, characteristics of heart disease, causes and preventive measures. He described the function of the heart as a pump of blood which contains oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. A healthy heart can make people live longer and happier.
“The heart serves to pump blood throughout the body. The blood contains oxygen and essential substances for the body’s metabolism to make sure the body’s organs as a whole can work, be it the brain, lungs, kidneys, digestive tract, up to the heart. itself,” said Dr Putra.
He also explained that there are various types of heart diseases such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart inflammation, heart rhythm disorders, congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, and peripheral blood vessel disease. Hypertension can make the heart muscle thicken preventing smooth delivery of oxygen.
Meanwhile, coronary heart disease is a blood blockage which is usually caused by cholesterol that prevents essential substances and oxygen from flowing optimally throughout the body. In addition to cholesterol, heart disease is also caused by high blood sugar (diabetes).
Dr Putra said that there are several ways to maintain heart health, such as consuming heart-healthy foods, exercising the legs, reducing smoking and consumption alcohol; maintaining an ideal body weight, reducing stress; managing cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels; and having the checking heart health checked periodically.
“If someone feels uncomfortable in the chest area or has a history of diseases such as hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes, then they need further examination. If they don’t have these problems, they are unlikely to get a heart attack,” said Dr Putra.