New treatment boosts hope for heart patients

DUBAI - Heart attack victims in the UAE are likely to receive improved treatment in the future after more than 150 doctors were briefed on the results of a major study in heart disease which found that chances of second heart attacks could be reduced through a new treatment approach.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 7 Feb 2004, 12:38 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:37 PM

Physicians from the UAE recently attended an international conference in the US were they were briefed about the VALIANT cardiovascular study carried out in 24 countries. The study followed the progress of 14,703 first time heart attack victims.

Dr Wael Al Mahmeed, from Abu Dhabi's Al Jazira Hospital, who chaired the event, said that these activities are designed to give doctors greater understanding of why and how repeat heart attacks occur and an insight into how they can be prevented.

The UAE Ministry of Health statistics show that 25 per cent of deaths in the UAE in the year 2000 were due to cardiovascular disease and experts say these figures have risen since then.

Figures also show that 60 per cent of heart attack victims in the UAE are less than 50 years old. One in three people die within a year after suffering their first heart attack and half of all heart attacks are repeat attacks.



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