Heart diseases most common cause of death worldwide, says world class Cardiologist, Ariyo
By Alice Abuka, Abuja
A renown cardiologist has said that heart diseases remain the most common causes of deaths across the world.
Adeniran Abraham Ariyo, a Professor of Cardiology and Director at HeartMasters Cardiology in Dallas, Texas spoke at the launching of a memorial heart foundation held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Ariyo in his speech made available to Irohinoodua said heart disease remains the most common cause of death worldwide, and it is the most common cause of sudden death in Nigeria. Deaths from heart disease are rapidly rising in Nigeria.
Former Nigeria-s Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara was a Special Guest of honour.
Ariyo whose speech was read in absentia said he was delighted to be invited to the launching of the ‘TITI and KIKI Memorial Heart Foundation’, a unique foundation of its kind in our Nigeria’shistory.
He expressed appreciation to the Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chief guest of honor, Honorable Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, and the Special guest of honor, Honorable, Pauline Tallen, Hon. Minister of Women affairs.
Ariyo said “I also want to give a special thanks to the convener of this event Hon. Yusuf Tajudeen, the founder and executive secretary of this foundation.
I would have loved to have been present in person at this wonderful event, but because of the pandemic, I could not be with you in person, but I am with you in spirit.”
He said he was privileged to take care of the late Mrs. Titilayo Yusuf during her period of stay in Dallas, and at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center until she went to join the Lord.
He said he was excited to join in the worthy cause at this event, as this would make her proud with a big smile from heaven beaming down upon us.
He said “I am a Nigerian and I attended the University of Ibadan before moving to the United States 30 years ago. During this period, I have dedicated my life to the care of patients, especially those with heart diseases. I am therefore very excited that this TITI and KIKI foundation, dedicated solely to the care of heart patients is being launched and it warms my heart and I’m delighted.”
He said further “My colleagues and I who are trained in the prevention, the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease consider reducing cardiovascular diseases our goals too. Thus, our goal is intertwined with the goal of this heart foundation. Therefore my colleagues and I are looking forward to a working partnership with you to ensure you achieve your goal. I thank you for your foresight, your determination to make Nigeria work despite the difficult terrain, and your perseverance and your optimism.”
He said the vision of the Foundation which is to eradicate heart disease and your goal of reducing the burden of heart disease is commendable.