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People start to age from the moment they are born. The heart, which has been working continuously since the moment we were born and is the only indispensable organ of the body, and the vessels that are the logistical partners of the heart are the ones that take the most share of this wear and tear. Genetic infrastructure, which is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, combined with this aging process, the occurrence of diseases becomes inevitable. Although we cannot change our genetic infrastructure and familial factors, it is possible to protect ourselves from cardiovascular diseases and other health problems by staying away from the risks that may develop later.

“Arteriosclerosis” which ranks decently among the causes of death in the world and affects approximately 4-5 million adults in Turkey, is one of the most important, fatal cardiovascular system diseases. Cardiovascular diseases, which are more common in industrialized countries, are less common in northern European countries such as Finland and in Far Eastern countries such as Japan. In the past, atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases were known as the problem of elderly people. However, due to today’s changing living conditions and the risk factors faced at a younger age, young people are now at risk of cardiovascular diseases at least as much as the elderly.

While 20-30 years ago, the age of routine check-up for cardiovascular diseases was recommended as 50, today this age has been reduced to 30 for men with cardiovascular diseases in their family. While people in the old days had surgery in their 50s on average due to cardiovascular diseases, today this limit has fallen to the 30s. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to being healthy and maintaining health from a young age.

The dynamics of daily life, which are important risk factors such as nutrition, exercise, stress, have a great role in the development of cardiovascular diseases. Nowadays, irregular nutrition, especially for the young age population, is one of the most important problems. A poor fast food-style diet with an unnatural, unbalanced content both directly wears out the cardiovascular system and can lead to problems such as obesity and diabetes. The sedentary and stationary state of daily work life is another reason that affects young people. Sedentary and sports-free lifestyle from a young age is another reason why cardiovascular diseases are now seen earlier. Stress, which occurs for various reasons both during educational life and work life, also causes premature wear on the cardiovascular system. Excessive alcohol consumption with smoking and a decrease in the age of these habits are another reason for the early occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.

Lifestyle and daily habit changes that will be made taking into account all these risk factors are the most important step in protecting against cardiovascular diseases. Regular nutrition, active life, regular sports, non-smoking and alcohol use are the main measures that can be taken for young people to encounter vascular diseases as late as possible. However, those who have cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure problems in their family need to be even more careful.

The occurrence of cardiovascular system diseases at a later stage in people of the past who grew up in places where there was no air and water pollution, had a natural and balanced diet, lived in stress-free, calm conditions should guide our young people. Especially for those who have cardiovascular disease in their family, it is one more important to pay attention to issues mentioned above. Establishing health awareness and healthy lifestyle habits from a young age is the philosophical basis of the issue.

Life is precious, our body is our most basic treasure in life. Let’s understand its value at an early age. Let’s live a healthy, happy, peaceful and long life.

Assoc. Dr.
Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist Pendik MedicalPark Hospital



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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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