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Almost a Quarter of All Deaths in the UAE Are Caused by Cardiovascular Disease

Experts deliberate on management, treatment and causes of cardiovascular disease at Arab Health in January

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 31, 2015 --( According to experts, approximately one fourth all deaths in the UAE are caused by cardiovascular disease. This makes it the leading cause of death among national and non-nationals alike. It is no secret that an unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits have led to the increase of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the UAE population.

The increased consumption of poor quality foods and the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle contribute to this growing issue. Moreover the government health entities have introduced rigorous campaigns to raise awareness and promote improving diets and introducing exercise to daily schedules.

Dr Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Chairman: Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE will discuss the management, treatment and causes of cardiovascular disease amongst UAE nationals at the Public Health Conference during the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress. The conference will take place from the 25-26 January 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center Dubai, UAE.

According to the most recent national health statistics, ~ 40% of cardiovascular deaths among UAE nationals occur in women. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women; it kills more women than breast cancer or any other form of cancer.

“Several factors increase the risk of having cardiovascular disease. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking including ‘sheesha’ and ‘medwakh’, abnormal lipid profiles, and sedentary lifestyles,” says Dr Alsheikh-Ali.

There are several campaigns led by national authorities, health centers, and professional societies to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and it risk factors. The Emirates Cardiac Society runs an annual campaign of awareness and screening during the World Heart Day on September 29.

“The most important part of managing cardiovascular disease is preventing them in the first place. To be able to avert them, it is crucial to detect and manage the risk factors. Therefore, screening is very important, especially for monitoring high blood pressure, blood sugar and lipids,” commented Dr Alsheikh-Ali.
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