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Turkey Medicals brings up the subject and our member Internal Medicine Specialist Prof. Dr. answers for you that “Research on cardiovascular risk factors reveals that small changes in lifestyle will reduce the risk of developing these diseases,” was said

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death on a global scale, accounting for a third of all deaths. Therefore, it is vital to recognize the risk factors of this disease and to take timely measures. Cardiovascular diseases are diseases that can be prevented or even reversed when they occur, said an internal medicine specialist Professor Dr. explained the points to be considered for this:


Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases are evaluated mainly in two sections. One is unalterable risk factors.

These can be sorted as follows:

Family history: the risk is high in those with cardiovascular disease in first-degree relatives (mother, father, brother).

Age: with advanced age, the risk of cardiovascular disease gradually increases. This does not mean that the disease will not occur in young people.

Gender: cardiovascular diseases occur in men at an earlier age and more often than in women. After menopause, the risk also increases in women and is almost equalized.


Smoking, to have an ideal weight, three and a half hours per week of exercise, a Turkish Mediterranean-style diet (grains, legumes, fresh vegetables and fruits, fish, rich in olive oil), flour, sugar, fat and salt, restrict, particularly processed, additives, trans fats and stay away from foods that contain corn syrup and stress management substantially reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.


Modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease include:

Smoking: reduces blood flow and increases clotting, causing the progression of atherosclerosis. Therefore, it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by two-fold. Starting smoking at an early age, smoking for a long time and too much increases the risk.

Hypertension: blood pressure higher than 120/80 mmHg is a risk factor. High blood pressure increases stress on the heart.

Diabetes: coronary heart disease is known as the equivalent value. More than half of diabetics have heart disease.

Do not exercise: as the duration and frequency of exercise increases, its benefit also increases.

Alcohol: excessive alcohol causes hypertension and heart failure, so it is a risk factor.

Obesity: increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. You have to pay attention to weight.

Stress: the risk increases in people with Type A personality characters (passionate, impatient, hasty, aggressive, competitive, assertive).

High cholesterol: high bad cholesterol (LDL) is one of the most important risk factors.

Low good cholesterol: high good cholesterol than 60 mg/dL provides protection for cardiovascular disease. Low HDL values pose a risk.


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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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