A heart attack is one of the leading causes of death in the UAE and SKMCA is launching a Healthy Heart campaign to reduce the impact of heart-related illnesses in the Ajman Community.
The campaign aims to raise awareness about recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and will also provide advice on what steps to initially take and how to activate the emergency response system. It will also share tips on how to maintain a healthy heart by providing information about heart conditions and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Cardiovascular diseases adversely affect the lives of many people in our society. As well as being one of the leading causes of death, there is also a significant number of people living with complications caused by chronic heart conditions. We wish to highlight the important health issues to empower the community to take control of their own health. Through initiatives such as this campaign, we emphasize health promotion and prevention in a bid to reduce chronic diseases in the country. A healthy heart is vital for a healthy life!
Accordingly, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City – Ajman would like to provide educational materials to our community from different walks of life and to provide educational and guiding information. We would also like to organize a series of field lectures to present and explain heart diseases, especially heart attacks, in several languages to familiarize the community with the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Chest pain or a sensation of pressure, tightness or squeezing in the chest, pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw and sometimes upper back, nausea, breathlessness and dizziness could all indicate symptoms of a heart attack. In the event of a suspected heart attack, immediately call the emergency number (998) and request an ambulance. Follow the first aid advice given over the phone, until the ambulance arrives.
In addition, the campaign also aims to highlight the preventative strategies for heart-related disease complications. The advice includes tips for a balanced diet and a regular exercise routine. Regular health checks should indicate if someone is at high risk for cardiovascular disease and appropriate actions to be taken based on the doctor’s advice.
Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and inactivity are all risk factors. Adults with diabetes are between two to four times more likely to have heart problems.