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We might be aware that stress is a global issue, with one in three people experiencing a lot of worry, as well as psychological and physiological symptoms caused by stress. But aside from the psychological and physiological symptoms caused by stress; over time, the physical strain can contribute to a variety of health problems if it is not managed well, and one of those is heart disease. With the growing number of heart health problems...

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Advanced heart problems are becoming more common in younger people throughout the region, a situation that directly relates to poor lifestyle habits. “In this region, we see patients presenting with severe heart conditions almost a decade earlier than in the West,” says Dr Faisal Hasan, a staff physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. “We see a significant number of patients in their 30s and 40s with cardiovascular problems and in...

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Deciding to head to the emergency room (or Accident and Emergency, if you speak British English) often poses a dilemma:  do you really need to go? When it comes to chest discomfort or any other chest symptoms, the answer is yes – and don’t delay, doctors at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi warn. As World Heart Day approaches, Dr Faisal Hasan, a staff physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, says residents...

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As the UAE marks World Heart Day each September, high obesity rates mean the country is facing an epidemic of heart disease in patients who are 20 years younger than the worldwide average. Research has shown that obesity alone – even without other risk factors such as high cholesterol, inactivity and diabetes – raises the risk of contracting heart disease by nearly a third. Studies conducted this year at the Swedish-led Karolinska Institute, using a method...

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Out of 1,000 people people surveyed by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi ahead of World Heart Day on September 29, 71 percent say they have at least one major risk factor for heart disease. And the most common risk factors they reported are also among the most serious causes of heart disease: 23 percent reported they have high blood pressure, 15 percent have diabetes and 21 percent are obese. Out of the respondents, 35 percent say...