Free health check-up for women

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - KABEER YOUSUF MUS­CAT, OCT 12

As part of its on­go­ing health aware­ness cam­paign, women vis­i­tors to Qu­rum City Cen­tre will get a com­pli­men­tary heart health test­ing to­day.

Sev­eral hun­dreds of women got their health checked up since the Ma­jid al Fut­taim’s ‘Feel the Beat’ health aware­ness cam­paign, which aims to spread aware­ness of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD), was launched last week.

“It’s very im­por­tant that every woman get their heart checked as I be­lieve in preven­tion is bet­ter than cure and one ought not take any chance with their health”, Fatma al Nab­hani, Oman’s ace ten­nis player, told the Ob­server.

Ac­cord­ingly, women who visit the mall to­day and to­mor­row from 4 pm to 10 pm will get a free round of checks for var­i­ous health con­di­tions.

Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD), is a gen­eral term for con­di­tions af­fect­ing the heart or blood ves­sels, and is usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with a build-up of fatty de­posits in­side the ar­ter­ies — known as ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis — and an in­creased risk of blood clots.

Med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als from Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity will be ad­min­is­ter­ing the health tests and con­duct screen­ings for women. Vis­i­tors will be able to check their blood pres­sure, blood sugar and body mass in­dex (BMI) to de­ter­mine if they are at risk for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, and if they would re­quire a fol­lowup con­sul­ta­tion for fur­ther anal­y­sis. In ad­di­tion, car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) train­ing ses­sions will be con­ducted dur­ing the ini­tia­tive.

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