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Peo­ple die of heart at­tacks much younger in the UAE

World Car­di­ol­ogy Congress be­gins in Dubai out­lin­ing so­lu­tions for the grow­ing health risk

- BY SUCHITRA BA­J­PAI CHAUD­HARY Se­nior Re­porter Heart Disease · Health Conditions · United Arab Emirates · Iceland · Austria · Abdullah Abdullah · Congress of the United States · Dubai · Belarus · Osama bin Laden · Al Maktoum · Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Peo­ple in the UAE die of heart at­tacks al­most 20 years ear­lier than the rest of the world, ex­perts re­vealed.

“The thresh­old for car­diac ar­rest and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD) world­wide is 65 years, while peo­ple in the UAE are suf­fer­ing from the CVD at the age of 45,” said Dr Ab­dul­lah She­hab, chair­man of the Emi­rates Car­diac So­ci­ety.

He spoke to Gulf News on the side­lines of the World Car­diac Congress which opened in Dubai yes­ter­day.

The four day-congress was in­au­gu­rated by Shaikh Ham­dan Bin Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chair­man of the Dubai Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

Pro­fes­sor David A Wood, pres­i­dent of the World Heart Foun­da­tion, in his key­note ad­dress, stressed the need to for­mu­lat­ing a call to ac­tion by politi­cians and pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

“The prob­a­bil­ity of dy­ing af­ter a heart at­tack is four or five times higher in many mid­dle­and low-in­come coun­tries, com­pared to higher in­come coun­tries. Our pri­or­i­ties at World Heart Fed­er­a­tion are se­condary pre­ven­tion for CVD pa­tients, pri­mary pre­ven­tion for those at high risk of de­vel­op­ing CVD and pri­mor­dial pre­ven­tion in the pop­u­la­tion specif­i­cally fo­cused on to­bacco.”

Hu­maid Al Qu­tami, chair­man of the Dubai Health Au­thor­ity (DHA), wel­comed the 4,000 del­e­gates from 90 coun­tries at

the con­fer­ence. “Glob­ally, heart dis­ease is the lead­ing cause of death and it’s of crit­i­cal im­por­tance that the dis­cus­sions and sci­en­tific pa­pers pre­sented here from ex­perts will help pro­vide a clearer so­lu­tion to the chal­lenges and so­lu­tions in car­di­ol­ogy,” he said.

“The DHA has es­tab­lished an In­ter­na­tional Car­di­ol­ogy and Re­search Cen­tre that aims to be­come the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for those look­ing for qual­ity

car­di­ol­ogy treat­ment,” he added. The four-day congress will see 600 speak­ers present over 200 sci­en­tific pa­pers.

“It is a mat­ter of hon­our that Dubai is host­ing the congress for the sec­ond time in six years, as no other coun­try has won this bid twice. This is a tes­ta­ment to the work we are do­ing on CVD here in the UAE,” said Dr Fahd Baslaib, in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gist and CEO at Rashid Hospi­tal.

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