Abuja - Women naturally have a longer life span
than men due to their genetic makeup, Dr Hussaini Munir, a cardiologist
with the State House Medical Centre, has said.
Munir said this in a paper entitled; ‘Sudden Death in Athletes’, as
part of activities to mark the World Physical Therapy Day in Abuja on
"Men generally are more exposed to dangers than women, there are
more men involved in physical activities than women. So if you follow
the statistic, you will discover that men are more in number in terms of
dying suddenly during exercise than women.
"Genetically, women have more viral and stress-resistant gene than
men, which are resistant to diseases, more resistant to causes of death
"We discover, based on studies that the commonest cause of sudden
death is due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; the second one is pulmonary
artery heart disease; and all these can easily be seen on simple
"It is not expensive and available in most hospitals and it doesn’t
take long and it is non evasive. It does not require any injection or
"Within few seconds the ECG is done and from it a lot of things can
be studied and be discovered. Everybody, whether you are a sportsman or
whether you are not a sportsman you must subject yourself to an ECG, at
least once in a year. ``
The New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the day is celebrated on
Aug. 8 every year to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the
profession makes to keep people well.
The Theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Movement for Health; Fit for the Future’.
Munir said that studies had shown that men were more affected by sudden death than women.
He said that the ‘X ‘gene in women was more resistant to stress and
cardiac arrest leading to sudden death than the ‘Y’ gene in men.
Munir, however, advised the public from the age of 12, to do an
Electrocardiogram (ECG) at least once a year in order to detect any
abnormalities in the heart.
Dr Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, who represented the Chief Medical Director,
National Hospital Abuja, said on the sideline of the occasion that
routine physical activity helped to increase the life span of an
Osi-Ogbu said that physical activity also helped to limit the risk of non-communicable diseases.
"We know that living a sedentary lifestyle puts you at risk of so
many diseases; what we call non-communicable disease like hypertension,
diabetes, high cholesterol.
"So many studies have looked at different groups of people, those
who engage in regular routine physical activity and those who do not,
and we know that there is a higher prevalence of these non-communicable
diseases than those who do not engage in physical
"So, it is really essential that we all routinely participate in
physical activity, make every opportunity that comes your way a chance
for exercise. So if you need a file from the second floor, don’t use the
elevator go up the stairs.
"We talk about knowing your numbers, what is your blood pressure,
blood sugar, your body mass index these are all those numbers you must
"In addition, if possible how many paces do you take in a day; we
talk about taking a 1000 paces in a day. These are measures you can use
to check how active you are on a daily basis and we know that routine
physical activity translates to better health,
better quality of life and eventually longevity.``
She advised physiotherapists to share whatever information learnt
from the papers delivered with their colleagues to help to improve the
lives of their patients.