Health concerns raised in the UAE as heart related problems increase in expat population

by Ray Clancy on February 11, 2011

Increasing heart problems in expats in UAE

The amount of heart related problems and high blood pressure is set to increase in the United Arab Emirates with much of the health problems among the expat population, it is claimed.

The mortality rate among men in the area could increase by as much as 174% in the next decade, doctors are warning.

Figures from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, a worldwide epidemiological study that also included 1,505 participants from the UAE, show that almost 50% of people with these kinds of health problems are never detected.

And among those receiving treatment only 38% had lowered their blood pressure to normal levels and the rest remained with high levels despite treatment.

According to Dr Afzal Hussain Yousuf Ali, consultant cardiologist at the Dubai Heart Centre, Dubai Hospital, the numbers are even worse for expats living in the country.

‘Almost 80% of the patients who come with heart related illnesses are from the Indian subcontinent,’ he said.

Dr Azzan Bin Braik, consultant cardiologist at Rashid Hospital, revealed that the number of UAE nationals suffering from hypertension is higher than the world average. While the world average is 30% of the population, in the UAE it is 41%.

The warning confirms earlier concerns. In 2009, the UAE’s Ministry of Health had estimated that 36% of the population in the UAE suffered from hypertension and warned that the number of cases involving cardiovascular diseases would multiply three fold in the region by 2012.

According to the doctors the number of expat patients has increased during the last two years. ‘It could be an increase in the expat population in the UAE. But other factors such as work related stress, depression and financial losses could also be contributing to the problem,’ said Braik.

A national study is also underway to find out the extent of diabetes in the UAE being undertaken by the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sharjah University in partnership with the Baker Diabetes Institute of Australia.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

ahhd February 14, 2011 at 4:03 am

very helpful

thankyou xoxo


Nafi September 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

The statistics seems very true from our surrounding experiences.


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