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Heart Related Problems Discussed in Jeddah Conference

JeddahA two-day conference on heart related problems is organized by The American College of Cardiology and the Saudi Heart Association in . Dr. Syed Iqbal Rahmatullah, section head of the division of cardiology and director of heart failure and transplant program at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, told Arab News at Park Hyatt Hotel that around 250 cardiologists and researchers from the UK, the United States, the UAE, Egypt and Pakistan joined their Saudi counterparts. They are introducing papers about heart diseases related to the Kingdom and the rest of the Middle East. The conference stressed on raising across the Kingdom and also in other parts of the region and the need for a renewed campaign among people on obesity, diabetes and hypertension, that lead to heart disease.

Rahmatullah said “The Saudi economy is growing and with that its citizens and residents are getting richer. The sedentary lifestyle and indiscriminate consumption of unhealthy food is leading to health problems that affect the heart”. He revealed that results of a new study showed that more than 50 % of Saudis were obese; more than one in four Saudis is diabetic and/or hypertensive. So that 6 to 8 % of the population have heart disease due to these problems. “Contributing to heart disease are risk factors like smoking, hypertension and diabetes, which need to be taken care of” mentioned Rahmatullah who is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine & Cardiovascular diseases.

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