A 55-year old man has allegedly had a fatal heart attack after his landlord increased his rental from Dh60,000 to Dh 70,000 per year, a close friend of the deceased told City Times. He was a healthy man. He never had any heart problems...

By Muawia E. Ibrahim (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Tue 5 Jul 2005, 12:25 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:17 PM

but after he had this problem with the landlord he got carried away and started complaining. I was with him at night and he died later because of heart attack," claimed Ibrahim Nasser Ali, a UAE national, who was an ex-colleague of the deceased, Ahmed Abdul Qadir El Arnaouti, an Egyptian.

They both worked for an oil company in Abu Dhabi. Some scientists believe that stress and anger can contribute to the development of coronary artery disease. Stress, the mental and physical reaction to life's irritations and challenges, increases the heart rate and blood pressure, and can injure the lining of the arteries. Evidence shows that anger increases the risk of dying from heart disease and more than doubles the risk of having a heart attack right after an episode of anger.

The hike in rents has caused many problems, particularly among expatriates, including stress and depression. When asked what made him so confident that it was the hike of the rent that caused the attack, Mr. Ali said: "As I told you he never had a history of heart problems. When he knew that he had to pay an extra Dh15,000 from his pocket he tried several times to meet the landlord to negotiate a deduction. The landlord who refused to meet him, agreed to reduce the rent to Dh68,000 instead of Dh70,000. I know Ahmed very well. He was a strong man and a good believer.

"We were together at his home that night and I left him at around 9:30 pm. He was complaining a lot about the hike in rent, in addition to other financial difficulties. I am responsible for what I am saying. His death was caused by the greed of businessmen."

Arnaouti, who was working as a driver-cum-fireman, was getting Dh55,000 housing allowance from his company. He was paying Dh5,000 from his pocket. With the new rent he was supposed to pay Dh15,000 from his Dh4,000 salary. He is survived by two sons (26 and 23) who lived with him in the three-bedroom apartment in the Tourist Club area.

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