UAE has all risk factors of CVD
According to studies conducted by Abu Dhabi Health Services (Seha), about 200,000 Emiratis have diabetes.
It’s on the rise, with 80 per cent of Emiratis being overweight and 30 per cent obese.
One in three Emiratis has hypertension, that leads to strokes, CVD and kidney disease.
“All these conditions are causes of the high rate of heart attacks and CVD in the UAE,” said Dr Abdullah Shehab.
Dr Fahd Baslaib, interventional cardiologist and CEO of Rashid Hospital said: “High cholesterol is one of the main reasons for CVDs and we know that arterial plaque buildup is triggered by smoking. Right now, 60 per cent of the people in the UAE who have CVD are regular smokers.
“What is important to note is that 80 per cent of deaths due to CVD are entirely preventable with early detection and treatment.”