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« news and media | Until 26th of july Kulluna’s Healthy Heart stands running in City center and Land Mark

DOHA: As heart disease is a leading cause of death in Qatar, a campaign aimed at promoting cardiac health and preventing heart diseases began yesterday.

‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ began at a special booth on the first floor of City Centre to help people discover what their heart health is like and provide them with information on how it can be improved.

The campaign last year received around 30,000 visitors 35 percent of whom were with undiagnosed high blood pressure, which is a high risk factor for cardiac diseases.

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

“It will focus on prevention, as every case of cardiac disease could be prevented with the behaviour of individuals,” said Chairman of Kulluna campaign, Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen.

“Majority of cardiac diseases occur due to lifestyles and only a very few cases are due to genetic reasons.” Dr Saifeldeen encouraged everyone, including children, to visit the polyclinic and learn healthy lifestyle methods.

Health professionals at ‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ held under the theme ‘Know your number’ will check for risk factors like blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI until Ramadan.

They will also focus on methods of prevention of heart diseases and educate people on healthy lifestyle and risk factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Visitors will get the chance to undergo tests to measure the level of risk and, if required, referrals for healthcare services.

According to Dr Saifeldeen, every individual should visit a family physician or primary health centre at least once a year and check for lifestyle diseases.

This year ‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ is set to have a booth at The Mall and Landmark Mall to cater for more people.

Gary Sykes, President, ConocoPhillips Qatar, founding sponsor of Kulluna, said, “We support Kulluna as a responsibility to make a positive contribution to help the community we live in.”

“The campaign helps touch lives of many people and make a difference,” he said.

‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ is likely to expand the campaign in November to reach more people.

Launched in 2012, Kulluna is a five-year national campaign to improve health and safety in Qatar. The Peninsula

Healthy Heart Campaign