42% of deaths in Kuwait are due to heart disease
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Kuwait City, Oct 2: On the 29th of September, the Kuwait Heart Association celebrated World Heart Day, in cooperation with the Sabah Al-Ahmad Heart Center, the American Heart Association, and the World Heart Federation at the Sabah Al-Ahmad Heart Center.

In this context, the head of the Kuwait Heart Association, Talal Al-Bahar, confirmed that the association is focusing this year on awareness campaigns through the widespread use of social media because of its widespread among all segments of society, raise awareness of heart disease and its danger.

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He added that the World Federation this year was keen to make the slogan of World Heart Day a drawing representing a picture of a heart sent to all people to raise awareness of heart diseases and to remind them that preserving the heart is an important thing, and then how to reduce it.

For his part, the Vice President of the Kuwait Heart Association, Dr. Muhammad Al-Jarallah, said that this year’s celebration of the association comes within the framework of awareness campaigns to publicize the seriousness of heart disease, explaining that the idea of ​​this year’s slogan, which was inspired by the World Heart Federation with the World Health Organization, is to use your heart to communicate.

He stressed the need for smokers to quit smoking, noting that this is the first path to heart health. Within two years of quitting smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease is significantly reduced, and within 15 years, the risk of cardiovascular disease returns to the rate of non-smokers.

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Al-Jarallah warned that heart disease is the number one cause of death in Kuwait, as, during the last ten years, studies and statistics conducted by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health indicated that 42% of deaths are due to heart disease, where a heart attack is the highest percentage among all heart diseases. According to the study conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization in 2006, and which published its report in 2008, it was clear that the rate of heart disease among the 2,280 Kuwaiti citizens included in the study, is about 2.9%.

Al-Jarallah advised to maintain heart health through exercise and a healthy diet, avoiding contraband, and following approved digital accounts to know what is harmful and beneficial in terms of heart health.

For her part, Dr. Rajaa Dashti, Consultant of Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Sabah Al-Ahmad Heart Center, said that the main objective of celebrating World Heart Day is to raise awareness and spread awareness of the dangers of heart disease, and through prevention methods, 80% of premature deaths can be avoided.

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She stated that this year’s slogan revolves around communication “Use your heart to communicate”, because the Corona pandemic crisis highlighted the urgent need for alternative and new ways to communicate, and then the world turned to digital technology to deal with such circumstances.

Dashti noted that statistics indicate that the Corona pandemic caused the death of about 4.5 million people around the world, but heart disease and strokes are the number one cause of death in the world, as they cause the death of about 18.5 million people annually, which is equivalent to about 32% of the total deaths. around the world.

She stated that during the Covid-19 pandemic, there were about 520 million suffering from heart diseases, and these people were affected in varying ways due to their loss of communication, due to missing medical appointments, or their inability to communicate with their families for fear of hospital visits, as well as their inability to exercise. Therefore, modern technology will contribute effectively to bridging that gap.

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Dashti explained that, on the occasion of World Heart Day, the Sabah Al-Ahmad Heart Center will prepare awareness and guidance videos in cooperation with the Kuwait Heart Association that will answer many questions related to heart health, and the center will publish them via social media.

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