Dr. Walid Al-Habib, head of the Saudi Heart Association, revealed to Okaz that deaths due to heart attacks are not new among young people, indicating that such events are widely circulated among the pioneers of social networking sites.
Dr. Al-Habib explained that the increasing number of deaths among young people is a result of disturbances in the electrocardiogram, in addition to diseases that were not detected in the patient.
Dr. Al-Habib pointed out that one of the causes of “strokes” that occur among athletes is the presence of undetected diseases in the heart muscle, so we advise practicing athletes to pay attention to this.
Regarding the need for patients to quit smoking, Dr. Al-Habib said: “Personally, I do not advise the patient in his final stages to quit smoking, as this has no effect at that time.”
Dr. Al-Habib added, “45% of deaths in the Kingdom are caused by heart diseases, primarily atherosclerosis and heart attacks.”
He continued: «More than 30% of the Saudi population is at risk of heart disease, as the Kingdom is considered one of the countries with the highest risk of heart disease, which is the first cause of death in the Kingdom, which called on the Saudi Health Council to launch new standards to reduce the incidence of heart disease. ».
Dr. Al-Habib pointed out that high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, diabetes and lack of physical activity are prominent causes of heart disease.
Dr. Al-Habib pointed out that the “Protect Your Heart” initiative targets medical examinations for one million citizens and residents in the Kingdom through strategic partnerships with the health and voluntary sectors. To target the age groups most at risk of heart disease through multiple channels, including immediate check-ups that are provided inside major commercial centers and parks spread in various cities of the Kingdom through the health campaign team and its mobile clinics.
This came during a press conference for the “Protect Your Heart” initiative, which is the largest awareness campaign in the Kingdom dealing with cardiovascular diseases under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and the implementation of the Volunteer Health Association in partnership with specialized pharmaceutical companies and in the presence of senior medical consultants in the field of heart health and various specialties with a group of media professionals and workers in The health field from employees of the Ministry of Health and Health Volunteering.
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