Monday, October 1, 2012

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In a shocking incident reported by Emirates 24/7 today, a second Indian teenager in UAE died of a cardiac arrest in less than a month.

According to the article, "Cardiologists believe that heart attack is no more a problem affecting only middle-aged people. Youngsters are increasingly being affected." 

The WHO (World Health Organization) states online:
 "Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.3 million lives a year. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity." 

This is a serious issue that affects people in the UAE. According to a Khaleej Times report: 
"one in four UAE residents is at risk of heart disease..." "Heart disease is responsible for nearly 30 per cent of all fatalities in the UAE and is the country’s number one cause of death."

In a recent Gulf News Article, Dr Fekry El Deeb, consultant interventional cardiologist at Zulekha Hospitals was quoted:
“a growing number of emergency cases brought in with heart attacks are in their 20s and 30s." “Young people think nothing bad can happen to them – it does and the numbers are rising. It’s very serious, we’re expecting this to increase in the coming five to 10 years,” he said. Forty per cent of UAE residents aged 15-25 are overweight or obese, he said, adding “just go to any mall and see how many people are overweight. It’s a big issue here.”
So are you at risk of a Heart Attack? Read the link below from WHO on how to avoid one.

~Srijita Chattopadhyay & Joseph