All you need to know About Hypertension

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension, most commonly known as high blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, stroke and even death. The condition is caused when the blood vessels have permanently raised pressure. Each time the heart beats to carry the blood from the heart to various parts of the body, pressure is created by the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels. The higher the pressure the harder the heart has to pump.

 

Results of the Dubai Health Survey 2016 revealed that 3.5% of the total population of UAE suffer from hypertension with 3.2% being males and 5.1% being females.[1] Acknowledging the alarming rise in the incidence of hypertension UAE, it has become the need of the hour to create awareness about the condition and its devastating health consequences. (more…)

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The Causes of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is mostly the result of circumstances which hinder the adequate supply of nutrients and oxygen to the heart by disrupting the blood flow. There’s a network of arteries surrounding your heart. Over the years, because of factors including diseases, plaque build-up, or damage, these arteries get narrowed, making it difficult for blood to pass through in the required amount, thus leading to a lack of blood in the heart, followed by chest pains, shortness of breath, and other similar symptoms.

It can be challenging to diagnose Coronary Artery Disease because it develops over many years and begins depicting symptoms very slowly. In fact, in many cases, the patients come to know of their CAD diagnosis only after they’ve had a heart attack.

The most prominent cause of coronary artery disease is Atherosclerosis, say cardiology doctors in Abu Dhabi.

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The effect of Ramadan on Cardiac Patients

Ramadan is an ideal platform to target year long lifestyle modification, to ensure that whatever health care benefits have been gained during this month, are perpetuated.

Patients with stable Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) can observe fasting during Ramadan without anticipating any major adverse cardiac events while those with unstable disease or recent/pending revascularization should largely refrain from fasting. Previous studies have shown that neither has there been an increase in the incidences of acute myocardial infarction nor has there been an increase in the number of patients hospitalized due to heart failure, during Ramadan.

A fairly small group of patients with cardiac conditions should be advised to refrain from fasting during Ramadan. These include patients with acute cardiac illnesses like Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Patients with uncontrolled HTN requiring multiple dosages during the daytime should be counseled against fasting. Patients with severe congestive heart failure (CHF) requiring high doses of diuretics should also refrain from fasting.

Patients are encouraged to seek medical advice 1 or 2 months before Ramadan in order to adjust their medications if needed. Drugs given thrice daily can be usually changed to single sustained doses.

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Aster & du’s Wellness Hub Initiative

More than 2 million people reached by Aster & du’s Wellness Hub Initiative. Around 2500+ free health checks offered during Ramadan for all

During Ramadan visitors to Wellness Hub, du’s online portal, are able to access free basic health checks from Aster DM Healthcare, the leading healthcare service provider in GCC. More than 2500+ health check vouchers have been downloaded till date and around 2 million people are being reached by spreading the message of health & wellness during the holy month of Ramadan.
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