Health Ministry marks World Heart Day

MUSCAT: The Sultanate has marked the World Heart Day, which is being observed on September 29 every year. Oman Heart Association (OHA), in collaboration with the National Heart Centre, held an event on Thursday.
The celebration took place at Muscat Grand Mall under the auspices of Sayyid Saud bin Hilal al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Muscat, in the presence of Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Saeedi, Minister of Health, as well as MOH’s Health Adviser Dr Sultan bin Yarub al Busaidy.

The event highlighted cardiovascular disease and causes, prevention
and treatment methods. It educated people on the importance of having a healthy lifestyle.
The day also opened the opportunity for Mall visitors to do medical checkups and provided them with medical counselling.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.
It highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80 per cent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.
On World Heart Day, holding the theme ‘My Heart, Your Heart’, the official website of the World Heart Federation, is asking people around the globe to make a promise to live a more heart-healthy life for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.
WHF further asks individuals to make promise to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourage children to be more active.