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Posted On: 30 April 2013 01:59 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Kulluna shifts focus to cardiac health

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With a high incidence of heart diseases in Qatar, the next phase of an ongoing national health and safety campaign, Kulluna, will focus on cardiac health and preventive measures against heart-related illnesses. The second phase of the campaign ‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ was announced at the Hamad International Training Center (HITC) yesterday. It will educate people on heart diseases, its prevention, treatment and lifestyle changes to encourage heart health. The campaign, in its new phase, will focus on different elements of prevention of heart diseases and the behaviours, lifestyle and risk factors that can lead to heart-related illnesses such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. According to the National Stepwise Survey conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) last year, nearly half of the Qatari population has three out of five of the risk factors that can lead to lifestyle diseases. Obesity is on the rise among the population with 70 percent overweight, out of whom 41.4 percent are obese while 16.4 percent smoke. Close to 45.9 percent are found to have low physical activity, with women as the most sedentary with 54 percent against 37 percent men. The campaign is supported by the Kulluna Healthy Heart Team, which is made up of several multidiscipline professionals from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and is sponsored by ConocoPhillips. The Director of Hamad International Training Centre, Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, said heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in men and women around the world. “We at Kulluna believe that each one of us, with the right information and encouragement, can make changes that will result in improved heart health and a better quality of life and are committing to bettering the life of the people of Qatar through this interactive campaign,” he said. “The first Healthy Heart campaign event will take place toward the end of May and will offer a range of advice, health checks and tests for those concerned about the state of their hearts,” he added. “Every day at the Heart Hospital, we dedicate ourselves to educating and informing the public about ways to prevent heart diseases and practice healthy living,” said Dr Lionel Jarvis, CEO of HMC’s Heart Hospital Launched in 2012, Kulluna, is a five-year national campaign to improve health and safety in Qatar. The first part of their campaign, ‘Keep Us Safe’ was dedicated to children safety. Source : Qatar Chronicle