Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is launching a month-long awareness campaign to educate UAE residents about cardiovascular disease, in advance of World Heart Day on September 29.
Based on the theme of ‘Know Your Heart’, the initiative will share practical measures that people can take to reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which accounted for 37 percent of all deaths in Abu Dhabi in 2016, according to the Department of Health.
Experts will speak at education and screening events at major Abu Dhabi government institutions and businesses throughout September as part of the campaign.
Dr. Feras Bader, Staff Physician, Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “Cardiovascular disease is a major challenge for the community and one of the key issues that Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was established to help manage. As well as providing cutting-edge treatment for patients suffering from heart and vascular diseases, we are also supporting a range of community campaigns to help people reduce their risk factors. In this way, we want to create a ‘virtuous circle’ where healthier lifestyles mean people stay fit for longer and don’t require surgical intervention.”
‘Know Your Heart’ will focus on key factors in heart disease, including family history, nutrition, exercise and smoking cessation. It will also stress the importance of regular screening.
To help the community to make better informed decisions, the campaign website features a heart age calculator, enabling visitors to get a clearer picture of how their lifestyle has affected their heart health and what they can do to improve it. It will also feature heart healthy recipes and exercise tips.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Heart and Vascular Institute is home to some of the region’s top cardiologists and diagnoses and treats patients suffering from range of cardiovascular conditions. The institute has performed a number of regional firsts, including robotic mitral valve repair, totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass, as well as advanced surgeries to remove heart tumors and implemented the region’s first remote heart monitoring program.
People who want to know more about their risk of cardiovascular disease, and the steps they can take to reduce that risk, can visit the ‘Know Your Heart’ microsite at knowyourheart.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae.