Hypertension Awareness in the UAE

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Fraser Clarke

Almost half of residents in the United Arab Emirates aren’t aware of the dangers caused by high blood pressure.

In a survey co-published by Dubai Health Authority, 45% of more than 1,000 respondents did not classify high blood pressure as a serious health issue, whilst 44% were unaware that it could be fatal.

Perhaps even more concerningly 47% of people surveyed weren’t aware of the symptoms of high blood pressure, with this especially high among Emiratis (61%) and those between the ages of 18 and 24 (58%).

Estimates currently suggest that over 30% of those living in the Emirates currently have high blood pressure, and this figure is continuing to rise sharply.

To help raise awareness of the issue, Dubai Health Authority has launched a new three year ‘Heart Your Heart’ initiative, aimed at increasing understanding around cardiovascular health.

As well as a range of outreach methods, the initiative will also connect with medics and insurance providers to implement wide-ranging tests for hypertension - to catch the condition at a stage where it is easier to manage. 

Despite a slowdown in the global oil price, the UAE remains committed to ensuring that it is home to world leading standards in healthcare. For more information, and the latest job alerts, register on our website today.

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