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« news and media | 29th of June – Kulluna Healthy Heart campaign launches its 2nd visit in City Center Mall.

Cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death in Qatar, said Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, the head of Kulluna campaign as well as the head of Hamad International Training Centre.

He also advised all to lead responsible a lifestyle so as to avoid unnecessary complications later in life.

Kulluna started the “Healthy Heart” campaign at a booth on the first floor of the City Centre on Sunday.

According to Dr Saifeldeen, around 500 people are expected to visit each day during the campaign that will run through the month of Ramadan.

Health professionals at “Kulluna for a Healthy Heart”, held under the theme “Know your number”, will examine visitors for risk factors like high levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Speaking to Gulf Times, Dr Saifeldeen said that the campaign aims to provide tips to everyone about following healthy lifestyle habits.

“This is the second time we are organising this campaign. It was organised last year as well. This time we have it in two places,” he said.

He continued: “Prevention is the best way for heart diseases. We will highlight the factors leading to heart diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol during the campaign.”

Dr Saifeldeen said: “Our patients are getting younger, which is a cause for concern. Lifestyle has a big impact on it. Therefore prevention is key.”

“Many people are living with undiagnosed hypertension and high cholesterol. Stress in life is another factor. Lack of exercise and smoking are others. A combination of these factors contribute to the high rate of death,” he said.

The physician advised everyone to undergo regular medical check-ups.

“Quit smoking and avoid being passive smokers. Exercise and watch what you eat,” he stressed.

Visitors to the booth will get the chance to undergo a number of tests.

The campaign is part of Kulluna health and safety initiative led by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) and sponsored by ConocoPhillips.

Launched in 2012, Kulluna is a five-year national campaign to improve health and safety in Qatar. – By Joseph Varghese