SKMC to observe Heart Day on Sept 24

ABU DHABI — The Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) will join hands with international health organisations in celebrating the World Heart Day (WHD) observed on September 24 by 186 medical societies in over 100 countries around the globe.

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Published: Thu 21 Sep 2006, 10:09 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:26 PM

Organised under the theme: ‘How Young is Your Heart’, the WHD aims at raising awareness of the people about the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle to slow down aging of their hearts and prevent cardiovascular diseases, which are among the leading causes of deaths in the UAE, and attributed to around 29.2 per cent of total global deaths.

The SKMC staff have a three-day programme full of different activities to mark the occasion, said Ali Obaid Al Mansouri, Deputy CEO of the SKMC.

A symposium on ‘Congestive Heart Failure’ updates that targets primary healthcare physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the management of heart failure will be organised by the SKMC at the Abu Dhabi Beach Rotana Hotel on September 21 from 6pm to 11pm.

The SKMC will set up an educational booth for the public at the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi from September 21 to 23. Free weight, height, glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol check-ups will be offered at the health awareness booth, and visitors may also collect information about SKMC cardiac science services, heart diseases and other health-related topics such as nutrition and fitness.

“Our objectives are to promote the importance of maintaining a healthy weight in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other related diseases. We want to encourage the public to exercise often and eat healthier and realise the many benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle,” noted Mansouri.

Dr Norbert Augustin, Medical Director, SKMC Department of Cardiac Sciences and Head of SKMC Division of Adult Cardiac Surgery stated that the SKMC is willing to continuously participate in heart-related campaigns, symposia and activities.

It is our mission to increase the awareness of the public about heart problems, in addition to providing advanced cardiac services that meet internationally recognised standards of excellence to the residents of the UAE, she said.

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