BEIRUT: As part of its role to raise awareness on the importance of getting a regular heart check-up, the Women Heart Health Center (WHHC), which runs under Yaduna foundation, launched a social media campaign titled "Qalbik A'alami" in celebration of World Heart Day (September 29).
"Qalbik A'alami" translates to "your heart is international" and "your heart is my world" in English.
According to the American Heart Association, only 56 percent of women recognize heart disease as the number one killer for women. Additionally, 64 percent of women who passed away due to coronary heart disease (CHD) did not experience any symptoms, which representatives from the WHHC stressed on to explain the importance of regular check-ups.
The coronary heart disease (CHD) is a disease in which plaque builds up on the inner walls of the coronary arteries, which are responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood to the heart. The disease results from modifiable risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, unhealthy dieting, and chronic stress. Other risk factors are non-modifiable and include heredity and family history of premature heart diseases.
"Besides awareness on social media, we organize awareness sessions in different areas in the country,” noted Stéphanie Nassar, clinical and community dietitian at Yaduna WHHC.
Since its establishment in 2012, the WHHC has served Lebanese women above the age of 45 with no previous cardiac history. The center mostly seeks prevention and early screening without expecting monetary benefits in return. WHHC offers women electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood pressure tests. The center's five cardiologists are also always available to asses patients and follow up with each case separately.
“It is important to speak the patient’s language and explain her diagnosis results by drawing and simplifying explanations," cardiologist Dr. Rana Costa told Annahar, adding "at WHHC, we make sure to tell her that she can control this disease if she takes her medication on time. We also guide her onto a healthier lifestyle, especially if she smokes or if she's overweight."
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