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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 6, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in Fiji and its list of victims is growing every year, Health officials said yesterday.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, more than 12,000 people have been diagnosed with heart related diseases in the country.

This figure is part of the latest statistics available from the Ministry, which go back to 1995. The health officials have urged people to be careful about the types of food they eat, instead of shoveling in whatever comes onto the table.

Another cause of heart disease is stress, and officials have urged people to try and relax more, and exercise regularly, so the body is equipped to handle stress when it hits.

Compared with the number of reported cases of kidney and liver diseases, heart disease has claimed the largest number of victims over the past few years.

What is worse is that heart disease seems to be collecting more victims as the years go by. In 1995, the Ministry reported that 3,924 people were diagnosed with heart disease, while 234 people lost their lives to it.

Out of those diagnosed (3,924), 258 come from the Indian community, 1,251 are Fijians and 145 belong to other communities.

To put this into perspective, there were only 16 reported cases of kidney and liver disease altogether that year and neither claimed any lives. In 1996 there was a slight increase, with 17 reported liver and kidney disease cases.

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