Heart experts call for greater awareness of heart attack prevention and recognition of the symptoms

DUBAI, 26th February, 2015 (WAM) — Medical experts have called for greater efforts in public education to create more awareness on prevention and symptoms of heart attack, as the rate of death by non-communicable diseases continues to rise dramatically around the world. The call was made during the opening of the inaugural international conference on 4TS, Top-To-Toe Transcatheter Solutions, in Dubai this month, led by conference founder and chairman, Dr. Omar Kamel Hallak, Chief of Interventional Cardiology and Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the American Hospital Dubai.

According to the American Heart Association, heart diseases, which include heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 787,000 people alone in 2011. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined and heart disease is also the number one killer of women, accounting for more deaths than all cancers combined.

“Most people die of myocardial infarction within two hours of the onset of symptoms, so greater public awareness and education is needed not only to help prevent heart problems but also to recognise and treat heart attacks as quickly as possible to save heart tissue and people’s lives,” said Dr. Omar Hallak, Chief of Interventional Cardiology and Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the American Hospital Dubai. “With a heart attack, the heart tissue dies and this is an irreversible process, so fast response and treatment is critical.” Dr. James Blankenship, interventional cardiologist, president-elect of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, who attended the 4TS conference, added, “Cardiovascular diseases are a major public health issue, we need better prevention of heart disease through the adoption of the World Health Organisation recommendations – healthy diet, exercise and not smoking.” The 4TS conference was organised in collaboration with the American Hospital Dubai, International Society of Endovascular Specialists and the American College of Cardiology Chapter in the UAE, Emirates Cardiac Society, and attracted more than 100 leading speakers from around the world.

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