Seeing young people, 40-45 years old, going through a heart attack is the hardest experience a cardiologist has, says Dr. Ștefan Busnatu in an interview for SmartLiving.ro.
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We stress too much over small things and don’t value our health as we should, the specialist believes. In Romania, many die from cardiovascular diseases, more than in any other European country, according to data from the 2021 Health Country Profile. There are many reasons why we ended up in this situation, from the problems in the health system to the everyday mistakes that Romanians make, says in an interview for SmartLiving.ro Dr. Ștefan Busnatu, cardiologist specialist at “Bagdasar-Arseni” Emergency Clinical Hospital and vice-dean at the Faculty of Medicine of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, from Bucharest.
As Romania’s ambassador for cardiovascular prevention from the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (member of the European Society of Cardiology), doctor Ștefan Busnatu relies on the power of personal example to convince his patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Sport is one of the best things we can do for heart health, says Dr. Busnatu. He practices it every day before going to the hospital and convinces his patients to exercise by the power of example. “We are more stressed than other nations”
SmartLiving.ro: Why do so many die from cardiovascular diseases in Romania?
Dr. Ștefan Busnatu: We have some additional risk factors to those in the central-western European areas. We have the traditional risk factors and we are talking here about smoking, lack of physical activity, diet and alcohol consumption. In addition to these, unfortunately, we have some factors that are very important in Romania: pollution and the mental stress that the population feels, stress that, unfortunately, is conditioned by the social level and everything that happens around us. We are also talking about the pandemic context, about the war in the neighboring country, but also about everyday life, which only accelerates cardiovascular risk. This is the context in which we find ourselves and the reasons that position us now in the first places in mortality. In Romania, a person of the same age and with the same exposure to traditional risk factors has a three times higher risk of having a cardiovascular event, compared to a person living in Switzerland, for example. This happens because we are bombarded from various directions by things that, at the moment, should be controllable, but we can’t really control them, because they depend not so much on individuals as on society.
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