Genetics, lifestyle major culprits for heart disease

Genetics, lifestyle major culprits for heart disease

Agency News

Dubai, Sep 16: Genetics and lifestyle are major causes of deaths due to cardiovascular (CVD) disease, which claims a life every two seconds, experts say.

Genetic make-up and westernised lifestyle which includes less movement and eating more of junk, are the major culprits which causes heart disease, said Professor Martin Cowe, Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK.

"There are perceptions that men are more susceptible to CVD than women but this is not the case," Prof Cowie was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times, a UAE daily.

The experts concluded above-said during a media workshop titled 'Towards new treatments for cardiovascular diseases' organised by Bayer and held along the sidelines of the recently concluded European Society of Cardiology Congress 2018 in Munich.

There was a trend of smoking the hookah pipes in the Middle East which led to an increase in CVDs. Hookah is equal to smoking 100 cigarettes in an hour, he said.

Smoking thickens the blood and leads to heart failure in the 40s in both sexes.

Women were protected by hormones until menopause. Risk manifestation is later in life for women and men are more prone to heart disease, Hassan Al Tamimi, professor at Mohammed Bin Rashid University (MBRU) and Cardiovascular Consultant at Mediclinic, Dubai. (UNI)