Cardiac rehabilitation a must to regain heart health post heart attack

  • This World Heart Day, RAK Hospital offers free sessions of cardiac rehabilitation to heart patients
  • Free screening camps at RAK Hospital and Dubai RAK Diabetes Centre, Jumeirah
  • Heart disease continues to be the biggest killer in the UAE

Cardiovascular health can be a vulnerable issue for those suffering from heart diseases, but pumping one’s heart back to its fit condition is entirely possible, assure doctors at RAK Hospital. On the occasion on the World Heart Day, the Hospital aims to educate UAE residents and create awareness on cardiac rehabilitation as the essential step towards recovery from a heart disease. The rehabilitation aims to reverse limitations that cardiac patients experience since they suffer from adverse patho-physiological and psychological consequences of cardiac events.

As a World Heart Day initiative, RAK Hospital is also setting up free day camps for heart screening at hospital premises in Ras Al Khaimah on September 28, and in Dubai RAK Diabetes Centre, Jumeirah, on September 30. The camps will be open from 9am to 5pm. Heart patients can also avail one free session of RAK Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation programme from September 29 to October 30 on prior appointment.

A combination of various personalized physiological activities and counselling, cardiac rehabilitation programme aims to restore heart patients to self-reliance in daily active life and help them return to formal work activities as quickly as possible. It addresses the causes behind cardiac health issues, such as diabetes, obesity, smoking, stress and high blood pressure, and helps to manage and overcome them. The programme educates patients on the way forward, including how to self-monitor heart rate and exertion levels during exercise, which foods to eat and to avoid, emotional health, and medical needs, etc. The rehabilitation team also counsels and educates family members on lifestyle changes. In cases where medical condition prevents patients from returning to their former employment, rehabilitation also helps identify work compatible with the patient’s working capacities.

“In a country where heart diseases result in the highest number of deaths, taking care of an ailing heart becomes a top priority,” advised Dr Arun Goyal, Senior Consultant and Head of Cardiac Surgery Department, RAK Hospital, “A medically supervised rehabilitation programme ensures that we take better control of our heart health, whether it’s recovering from heart attack, angioplasty, heart failure or a surgery. In angioplasty, for example, we live with a false sense of assurance that since our heart seems as good as new, we can return to the same lifestyle we were following earlier. In reality, we need a specialised guided routine to regain our heart health, strengthen our cardiac muscles, and in general adopt a lifestyle more in tune with our medical condition and physical limitations.”

Globally, heart disease is still the single biggest killer, and the UAE is no exception. As per news reports, nearly one-third of deaths in the country are due to cardiac issues, while women show more symptoms of heart diseases and are more at risk. Studies have also revealed that an increasing number of younger people are falling prey to the ailment.

Dr Raza Siddiqui, CEO Arabian Healthcare Group and Executive Director RAK Hospital said: “Heart patients can take heart in the knowledge that life can be normal for them too, provided they follow a proper rehabilitation programme. We all know at least one person suffering from cardiac health issues, and appreciate that it is not easy to move on, unless there is medical and psychological guidance to steer them in the right direction. This is the message that we want to convey on this World Heart Day”.

Winner of the Superbrand Award three years in a row from 2014 to 2016, RAK Hospital is a premier healthcare institution, known for its medical expertise, technological edge and massive awareness programmes. The Hospital is currently collaborating with corporates and other institutions on various levels to improve the health quotient in the UAE.