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Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Sep 20, 2023  2 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 9 hours, 30 minutes ago

WARNING! Study Shows That 55% Of Residents Of UAE Suffer From Heart Disease With Many In Their 30s Suffering From Heart Attacks!

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WARNING! Study Shows That 55% Of Residents Of UAE Suffer From Heart Disease With Many In Their 30s Suffering From Heart Attacks!
Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Sep 20, 2023  2 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 9 hours, 30 minutes ago
Heart Disease: In recent years, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has witnessed a startling increase in the incidence of heart diseases, with a particularly concerning trend of heart attacks affecting individuals in their 30s. This emerging health crisis has prompted healthcare professionals and organizations to conduct studies and raise awareness about the prevalence of heart disease in the region. Shockingly, research has indicated that premature coronary heart diseases occur about a decade earlier in the UAE than in Western countries, highlighting the urgent need for preventive measures and lifestyle changes. This article delves into the findings of recent studies, identifies the key risk factors contributing to this alarming trend, and discusses the crucial steps individuals can take to reduce their risk of heart disease.

The Growing Concern of Heart Attacks Among Young Adults
One of the most disconcerting aspects of the rising prevalence of heart diseases in the UAE is the increase in heart attacks among young individuals, particularly those in their 30s. Dr Juwairia Al Ali, President of the Emirates Cardiac Society (ECS), expressed her concerns about this concerning shift. She noted that just a few years ago, it was uncommon to see patients under the age of 50 suffering from heart attacks. However, hospitals across the UAE have been reporting a growing number of people in their early 30s being admitted due to heart attacks.
Furthermore, studies have revealed that incidences of premature coronary heart diseases in the UAE occur approximately 10-15 years earlier than in Western countries. This stark contrast in the age at which heart diseases manifest underscores the need for a deeper understanding of the contributing factors and the urgency of adopting preventive strategies.
The Grim Statistics of Heart Disease in the UAE
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the death rate from Heart Disease in the UAE over the last couple of years has been alarmingly high, ranging between 70 and 80 per 100,000 individuals. What's even more concerning is that approximately 40 percent of adults in the UAE are at risk of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD), a condition where plaque builds up in the arteries, leading to atherosclerosis and an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
A Study Reveals the True Extent of the Problem
To better understand the scope of the heart disease crisis in the UAE, a study commissioned by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was conducted.
This comprehensive study surveyed over a thousand UAE residents and unveiled shocking statistics that shed light on the true scale of the problem. The study revealed that a staggering 55 percent of respondents had been directly affected by heart disease, either through their own diagnosis (12 percent) or through close friends or family members diagnosed with heart disease (53 percent).
These findings underscore the deeply personal and widespread impact of heart disease in the UAE. It's not just a matter of statistics; it's a matter of individuals, families, and communities being affected by this preventable condition.
Identifying the Root Causes of Heart Disease
Understanding the causes of heart disease is crucial in developing effective prevention strategies. Dr Juwairia highlighted several contributing factors that play a significant role in the development of cardiac diseases:
High Levels of Bad Cholesterol: Elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, commonly known as bad cholesterol, contribute to the formation of plaque in artery walls. This buildup can lead to blockages and increase the risk of heart attacks.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Hypertension places added stress on arterial walls, making them more susceptible to damage and contributing to the development of heart disease.
Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes often have abnormal blood sugar levels, which can damage blood vessels and accelerate the progression of cardiac diseases.

Smoking: Both active smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke increase the risk of heart disease.

Physical Inactivity: A lack of regular exercise is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Unhealthy Diets: Poor dietary choices, such as consuming saturated fats, can contribute to heart disease.
Family History: A family history of heart disease is a significant non-modifiable risk factor that can increase an individual's susceptibility to the condition.
Work-Related Stress and Heart Disease
Dr Rajeev Lochan, a consultant interventional cardiologist and head of the Department of Cardiology at Al Zahra Hospital, Dubai, highlighted the impact of stress on heart health. He noted that individuals in the age range of 35-45 are particularly susceptible to heart attacks due to stressful life factors, such as family or work-related stress, family history of heart diseases, smoking, and harsh working conditions. Stress management, therefore, plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of heart disease.
SARS-CoV-2 - A Major Contributing Factor That Many Doctors And Individuals In he Middle-East And Elsewhere Are Refusing To Acknowledge!
 It is interesting that despite many studies and case reports showing that exposure to the spike proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus either via natural infections or via ‘prophylactic’ jabs increases the risk of heart issues, many doctors and individuals are refusing to acknowledge this. Not only the spike proteins but even other protein components of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and also the viral peptides that it is able to produce during replication all contribute to generating various complications that increase the risk of heart issues!,-nsp8-and-m-proteins-damage-human-cardiomyocytes-by-reducing-atp-levels,-causing-heart-s-microvasculature-damage,-covid-19-vaccination-related-myocarditis-and-the-sudden-cardiac-deaths-it-causes-is-still-a-concern,-some-with-fatal-outcomes,-nsp8-and-m-,-rather-your-brains,-heart-and-other-organs-are-targets,-often-leading-to-heart-failure
(Please use the search function on Thailand Medical News as there are more than 378 articles with reference to published studies as to how SARS-CoV-2 affects the heart!)
Exponential Excess Deaths In UAE And Elsewhere In Middle East Due To Heart Failures
It has been found that excess deaths in the UAE along with many other countries in the Middle-East such as Qatar, Kuwait and Oman are extremely high and constantly rising! While are many are due to heart failures, authorities, doctors and individuals are refusing to acknowledge that SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins are behind the cause!
Recognizing Heart Attack Symptoms
Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack is vital for prompt medical intervention, as early treatment can significantly improve outcomes. Dr Juwairia emphasized the following common symptoms of a heart attack:
-Chest Pain or Discomfort: The most common symptom, often described as pressure, tightness, fullness, or sharp pain in the chest that may last several minutes.
-Radiating Pain: Chest pain may radiate from the chest to the upper body, including the jaw, neck, back, arm, or shoulder area.
-Shortness of Breath: Difficulty breathing, accompanied by chest discomfort.
Nausea and Sweating: Nausea and profuse sweating, often described as cold sweats, may occur before or during a heart attack.
It's essential to note that some individuals, particularly women, older adults, and those with diabetes, may not experience these typical symptoms. Therefore, any combination of these symptoms should prompt immediate medical attention to improve the chances of survival and minimize heart damage.
Preventing Heart Disease: Modifiable vs. Non-Modifiable Risk Factors
Dr Juwairia emphasized the importance of distinguishing between modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors when assessing one's risk of heart disease. Modifiable risk factors are those related to lifestyle and can be controlled or mitigated through behavioral changes:
Healthy Eating: Adopting a heart-healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and unsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart-related problems.
Regular Exercise: Engaging in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week is recommended to prevent heart disease.
Avoiding Smoking: Quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke is critical for heart health.
Stress Management: Learning to manage stress through relaxation techniques and lifestyle adjustments can reduce its impact on heart health.
Non-modifiable risk factors, on the other hand, include factors like age, ethnicity, gender, and family history of diseases. While these factors cannot be changed, individuals should regularly consult their doctors to assess their risk and, if necessary, undergo appropriate screenings and preventive measures.
The Urgent Need for Regular Health Checkups
Regular health checkups play a vital role in preventing heart disease. Dr Juwairia recommended that individuals schedule regular appointments with their doctors to assess their risk factors. If prescribed medications for heart-related conditions or risk factors, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, it is essential to adhere to the prescribed treatment plan. Regular cholesterol screenings should also be a part of preventive healthcare, with specific guidelines based on age and risk factors.
The alarming rise in heart disease, particularly heart attacks among young adults in the UAE, should serve as a wake-up call for individuals to prioritize their heart health. While genetic factors may play a role, lifestyle choices and modifiable risk factors are significant contributors to this health crisis. Awareness, early detection, and proactive steps to reduce risk factors are essential in the fight against heart disease.
Moreover, the survey conducted by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi underscores the need for increased awareness and regular health checkups. Despite high levels of awareness of risk factors and preventive measures, a significant portion of the population has not had their heart health checked regularly.
In closing, the UAE faces a critical health challenge that demands collective action from individuals, healthcare professionals, and policymakers. It's time to take heart health seriously, making lifestyle changes and seeking regular medical care to ensure healthier hearts and a brighter future for all residents of the UAE.
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