According to the latest statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA), almost half of the people living in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease. This is probably true for developing countries as well.
In fact, according to 2016 figures, 121.5 million U.S. adults, or 48 percent of the entire population, have cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is the end result of cluster of conditions that include hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. Doctors often call hypertension the “silent killer” because it does not show any visible symptoms until it is too late.
The same AHA report predicts that by 2035, over 130 million adults will have a form of CVD that could bring costs in the U.S. to 1.1 trillion dollars.
Currently, heart disease is the top leading cause of death in the U.S., while stroke is the fifth.
At Al Hayat we use a American Heart Association approved software to predict the chances of heart attack in the next 10 years. If the risk is high, you must start the preventive measures right now. These are
- Bring your body weight to optimum level – consult our nutrition expert.
- If you are diabetic, bring your HbA1c blood level to 6 % which means good control – consult our diabetologist.
- If you are BP patient does your BP always stay below 135/90 ? – consult our physician
- Is your bad cholesterol below 100 mg ? – consult our cardiologist for updated views on cholesterol. Media and internet publish conflicting information about cholesterol.
- Stop smoking if you are a smoker.
- Walk daily for 1 hour and eat healthy.
We recommend that you talk to Al Hayat’s resident cardiologists to see if you are at risk.To determine your 10 year heart attack risk and also to know whether you will benefit from aspirin and statin please visit the website www.cvriskcalculator.com
Our advice to patients who get chest pain at home or at work.
Please do not ignore chest pain / discomfort / heaviness / chest pressure / chest burden / sudden onset of breathing difficulty / faintness / pain in the upper abdomen with vomiting or left arm pain with profuse sweating. These could be the first warning signs of a heart attack. Many patients lose their life by ignoring the symptoms and delaying reaching a doctor with self diagnosis as gas / dyspepsia / food poisoning etc. Rush to the nearest hospital please. Delay in reaching the hospital may mean that you are closing down the window of opportunity to do a primary PCI (angioplasty and stenting) and save you from a full blown heart attack which really weakens your heart. Today the treatment of choice for heart attack is primary PCI where interventional cardiologists remove the block from your heart arteries and save you from heart attack and heart failure. There are very few private hospitals in Oman having this facility.