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Hypertension has to be controlled in its early stages amongst patients in UAE: Caution leading doctors at Novartis symposium ‘25 years in Hypertension’

: Monday, March 03 - 2014 @ 13:14

Hypertension or high blood pressure is the leading cause of fatal complications like stroke, heart failure, cardiovascular diseases and kidney failure. To create awareness on early detection of the disease and find solutions to the challenges of hypertension treatment, Novartis brought together six leading UAE and global doctors as a part of its symposium called “25 years in Hypertension”.

The two-day symposium held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is a part of Novartis’ 25 years of commitment to controlling hypertension and highlighting it as the key risk factor causing cardiovascular diseases.

“High blood pressure or hypertension can go undetected for years because patients do not face visible symptoms. It can only be detected through regular blood pressure monitoring. Prolonged undetected hypertension causes organ damage,” said Dr. Wael Al Mahmeed- Consultant Cardiologist, President of Gulf Heart Association.

Over two-days of dedicated discussions saw the experts share the latest practices in hypertension treatment and share information on the latest research being undertaken to improve patient care. They highlighted that the sedentary lifestyle of people in UAE, combined with widespread consumption of junk food, obesity and diabetes are the factors leading to hypertension.

“If we want to reduce Heart attacks, strokes, heart failures and deaths, we need to control blood pressure. In our study in UAE nationals, only 26% of those treated were controlled. There are several methods which can be used to control blood pressure effectively, one of them is to use a single pill combination (SPM) to make it convenient for the patient,” says Dr. Afzalhussein Yusufali- Consultant cardiologist at Dubai Health Authority(DHA) – Dubai, UAE.

The six experts attending the symposium were:

- Dr. Wael Al Mahmeed: Consultant Cardiologist, President of Gulf Heart Association
- Dr. Omar Al Jabri: CMO at Ambulatory Health Services (AHS) – Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Dr. Azan Binbrek: Consultant Cardiologist at Dubai Health Authority(DHA) – Dubai, UAE
- Dr. Afzalhussein Yusufali: Consultant cardiologist at Dubai Health Authority(DHA) – Dubai, UAE
- Prof. Bryan Williams: Chair of Medicine at University College, London, UK
- Prof. Rainer Düsing: Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Bonn, Germany

This year marks Novartis’25 years of commitment to patient care and research in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Novartis has been championing innovative solutions to unmet needs of hypertension and works with leading doctors globally to provide best possible care to patients.

For more information please contact:

Lavanya Mandal
Memac Ogilvy PR

Bilal Bhaila
Memac Ogilvy PR

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