In an age of alarm­ing CVD rates, be smart with life­style to keep your heart healthy

Khaleej Times - - NATION -

dubai — In cel­e­bra­tion of World Heart Day and to pro­mote healthy liv­ing, lead­ing car­di­ol­o­gists and spe­cial­ists at Dr Su­laiman Al Habib Med­i­cal Group are con­duct­ing a spe­cial ses­sion ti­tled, ‘Be Heart Smart’ at The Ad­dress Ma­rina today in co­or­di­na­tion with Khaleej Times.

Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD) has be­come the num­ber one cause of death glob­ally and it af­fects men and women equally while chil­dren are at risk, too.

In the UAE, ac­cord­ing to the Dubai Health Au­thor­ity (DHA) statis­tics in 2011, heart dis­ease kills one in four peo­ple. The coun­try’s mor­tal­ity rate of car­diac dis­ease is 22 per cent and heart dis­ease oc­curs 20 years ear­lier as com­pared to the global av­er­age of 65 years old.

This alarm­ing trend is brought about by the fact that 66 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women in the UAE are obese or over­weight while one in five res­i­dents is di­a­betic and over 40 per cent of adults have high blood pres­sure.

Hiba Kur­jieh, clin­i­cal di­eti­tian, said risk fac­tors as­so­ci­ated with heart dis­ease in­clude ge­net­ics, obe­sity, smok­ing, un­healthy diet, in­ac­tiv­ity, di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion, high blood choles­terol and age.

Dr Al­bert E Alah­mar, con­sul­tant in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gist and an­other speaker at the event, noted the ad­vances in the car­dio­tho­racic unit of­fered at Dr Suleiman Al Habib Hos­pi­tal in Dubai could change the tra­di­tional way of treat­ment.

“Struc­tural heart dis­ease is quite com­mon and can af­fect all ages. Tra­di­tion­ally most of th­ese ab­nor­mal­i­ties are treated with open heart surgery; how­ever over the last decade th­ese treat­ment op­tions have evolved and can be de­liv­ered through a key hole and rel­a­tively small tubesto de­liver and de­ploy the rel­e­vant de­vices to the rel­e­vant cham­bers of the heart,” he said.

An­other speaker at the event is Dr Ramesh Kapa Baskaran, emer­gency medicine con­sul­tant and head of the depart­ment of emer­gency medicine at Dr Su­laiman Al Habib Hos­pi­tal.

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Dr Al­bert Alah­mar

Dr Ramesh Baskaran

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