Dubai, UAE: Hypertension, the silent killer, is rampant among Emiratis, but can easily be tackled with greater awareness and early intervention, a Dubai Health Authority (DHA) survey has revealed.
About 40.8 per cent of Emirati adults aged between 35 to 70 years have hypertension, the survey conducted last year said. This matches the global occurrence of the disease.
In a two-day symposium on hypertension organised by Novartis and held last week in Dubai, leading cardiologists discussed how the condition goes undetected for years due to lack of visible symptoms and how effective intervention could help control and even prevent the disease.
According to World Health Organisation statistics, one in three people globally is affected by hypertension and it is the cause of approximately 9.4 million deaths annually worldwide.
Discussing the etiology (the study of causation) and prognosis of the condition, Dr Afzal Hussain Yousuf Ali, consultant cardiologist at DHA, said: "In most cases, hypertension happens due to lifestyle rather than genetics.
© Gulf NewsMar 2014