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Indonesian digital comic aims to raise awareness about heart attacks

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, February 21, 2020  /  10:34 am
Indonesian digital comic aims to raise awareness about heart attacks

A user reads the "Serangan Maut Mendadak" (Sudden Cardiac Attack) digital comic released by pendidikan.id. The comic aims to educate readers about cardiovascular diseases. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Educational technology products and services platform pendidikan.id has released a full-colored digital comic that aims to educate readers about cardiovascular diseases, especially coronary heart disease.

Titled Serangan Maut Mendadak (Sudden Cardiac Attack), the comic also seeks to raise awareness on the importance of healthy living as the simplest way to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Narrated in Indonesian, the comic explains various information about coronary heart disease, including causes, symptoms and treatments. It centers on the life of Sudarso, an English teacher at Nusantara Senior High School who survives a heart attack.

The comic can be downloaded for free on the Kipin School 4.0 app, which is available on Google Play and App Store.

The app also collects about 300 digital comics on health, history and sciences.

Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) diseases are among the deadliest diseases in the world. In 2016, the World Health Organization estimated that 17.9 million people died of cardiovascular diseases and 85 percent of them were caused by heart attacks and stroke.

Data from the Health Ministry's 2018 Basic Health Research (Riskedas) showed an increase in the number of people who suffered from cardiovascular diseases, with almost 4 million Indonesians having the disease that year.

It’s possible for a heart attack to happen to anyone regardless of their age, including those below 40. According to the comic, people should stop smoking, consume healthy foods that are low in cholesterol and sugar, exercise daily and reduce stress levels to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. (wir/kes)

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