Oman’s Ministry of Health published the 2016 edition of their annual report earlier this week, and the findings further reinforced just how big a battle with lifestyle related conditions the Gulf region is facing.
According to the publication a quarter of all hospital deaths were as a result of poor lifestyle choices, or factors related to stress. That lead to diseases of the circulatory system (such as Coronary Heart Disease, Strokes of Cardiomyopathies) being labelled as the biggest killers in the country, with 981 deaths attributed to them.
Speaking about the statistics, Dr Amro Hassan, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Muscat Private Hospital told Reuters: “Stress can release hormones in the body, that may cause effects on coronary arteries. The heart may also cause high blood pressure and this is a reason why controlling stress levels is very important.
“There has been an increase in patients coming to me suffering from heart issues, and my advice is to avoid stress. If you do find yourself in a stressful situation, then find some sort of stress relief mechanism, contacting a stress physiologist can also be good, as they can provide training for stress relief if the patient cannot deal with it themselves.”
Cancer was second biggest killer in Oman last year, with it accountable for 13.4% of deaths - a figure that has increased in recent years due to the growth of unhealthy lifestyles, whilst rates of other noncommunicable conditions like Hypertension and Diabetes also showed a small rise.
Right throughout the Gulf region lifestyle related conditions are on the rise, costing the healthcare sectors millions each year, and potentially leading to the premature death of thousands.
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