Every two seconds, someone dies in the world due to cardiovascular (CVD) disease. Experts at a media workshop titled ‘Towards new treatments for cardiovascular diseases’ organised by Bayer and held along the sidelines of the recently concluded European Society of Cardiology Congress 2018 in Munich said the risk of death from CVD is the same among women and men.
“This is partly due to a westernised lifestyle which includes less movement and eating more of junk. There are perceptions that men are more susceptible to CVD than women but this is not the case,” said Professor Martin Cowe, Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Prof Cowie said that lots of young men from the Middle East including Kuwait, Qatar and UAE were developing heart disease. “This is partly because of the genetic make-up and the rest is because of the lifestyle due to which they are less active and consume more calories – basically a combination of genes and unhealthy lifestyle,” he said.
He also said that there was a trend of smoking the hookah pipes in the Middle East which led to an increase in CVDs. Smoking thickens the blood and leads to heart failure in the 40s in both sexes. “As age increases, the risk of developing heart disease also goes up. Risk factors are the same for men and women,” he said.
The region suffers from a high rate of CVD because of the sedentary lifestyle, said Hassan Al Tamimi, professor at Mohammed Bin Rashid University and Cardiovascular Consultant at Mediclinic, Dubai.
“The rate of diabetes is 40 per cent in the UAE which is a risk factor along with hypertension. Even though it is a cosmopolitan population, the rate of diabetes is higher in locals,” he told Khaleej Times.
He said women were protected by hormones until menopause. “Risk manifestation is later in life for women and men are more prone to heart disease. It’s stereotyped. women feel unwell and short of breath and women who smoke are more at risk.”
Source: Khaleej Tines