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EPN BREAKFAST TALKS 18
How aware are we of cardiovascular diseases?
Causes of cardiovascular disease, ways to prevent it, its relation with our lifestyle, habits
Prof. Parla ASTARCI MD PhD
As European Professionals Network (EPN), we continue to bring together experts representing various professions on the last Sunday of every month to provide the attendants with the opportunity to discuss interesting and thought-provoking issues.
In this month’s talk, professor Parla Astarcı will talk about cardiovascular diseases which have increased at a faster rate in recent years.
On behalf of EPN, we would be delighted to have your presence at this breakfast talk which will also include the risk factors and causes of these diseases and advices to live a heart-healthy life.
Brief Biography of Astarcı
Born in 1970 in Eskişehir, Prof. Parla Astarcı moved to Belgium at the age of four and still resides here. He has done his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1995 and Cardiovascular Surgeon in the year 2001 at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) Brussels, Belgium. Having worked in various hospitals in Belgium, the UK and France, he is currently a consultant cardiac and vascular surgeon at the University Hospital Saint-Luc. While working here, Astarcı made his name well-known with an endovascular cardiac valve surgery – which was the first of its kind in Belgium. The professor has published a number of articles in his field. He is married and has two kids. Please click to see the full biography.
11:40-12:30 Talk with Parla Astarcı
In its 18th edition, EPN Breakfast Talks hosted cardiovascular surgeon Prof. Parla Astarci. Following a pleasant breakfast-time, the prominent surgeon, who made his name well-known with an endovascular cardiac valve surgery — which was the first of its kind in Belgium — began his speech on the causes, risks and preventive measures of cardiovascular diseases. According to Astarci, there are six main risk factors for these diseases: smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, diabetes and excess weight. As for the symptoms of these diseases, Astarci pointed at narrowed, blocked or stiffened blood vessels as one of the most significant and commonly encountered symptom. “Approximately 700,000 people die from heart attacks in Europe each year and, sadly, a great number of people who suffer from a fatal heart attack die before they can be taken to hospital,” Astarci noted. First-aid knowledge is of utmost significance in order to help those people survive, the surgeon underlined and added that first aid like chest compressions, checking breathing, performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if necessary and calling for ambulance decreases the risk of death from heart attack by 60 percent. Wrapping up his speech, Astarci underlined that healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons in fighting against heart diseases.