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How to live a heart-healthy lifestyle?

Research has shown that nearly 9 out of 10 people in the UAE are at risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Use your device to learn how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Know some facts about risk factors of Cardiovascular Disease

  • High blood cholesterol has no symptoms, which is why it is important for you to get tested today to find out your numbers, and eliminate the associated risks

  • High blood pressure is a major risk factor that is shown to be associated with heart disease and stroke patients in the Gulf region

  • Diabetes: Up to 50% of people with Type 2 Diabetes remain undiagnosed

  • Smoking is a major risk of cardiovascular disease. The bad habit is very common in the UAE, with more than 1 in 5 males who live in Dubai being smokers

  • Physical inactivity constitutes a serious public health issue in the Middle East. More than 50% of males and nearly 7 out of 10 females in the UAE are physically inactive

  • Obesity is a major risk factor of cardiovascular disease. 1 out of 3 males and over 4 out of 10 females in the UAE are obese

The key to preventing Cardiovascular Disease is through a healthy lifestyle

Eating heart-healthy foods, exercising a few times a week, staying away from cigarettes, maintaining a healthy weight and regularly checking blood pressure, sugar and lipids can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Time to go for a check-up!

Many of the risk factors are modifiable. However, a lot of these modifiable risk factors are not visible. A check-up at your nearest clinic should take around 15 minutes, and could be the reason you will live for many more years.



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