The First Edition of the Women’s Cardiovascular Disease Conference “Cardiovascular Disease in Women Conference” achieved wide regional participation, where 550 specialists and participants attended this event which was held at the Conrad Dubai Hotel over the course of two days February 3-4, 2023. The two-days conference conferred 11 discussion sessions, during which they presented the latest and most important developments related to heart treatments for women by experts and specialists in this field. Thus, the event announced the launch of its awareness campaign for this year, the campaign is organized by the ECS under the title “Her_heart_matters”.
The President of the Emirates Cardiac Society and Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Juwairia Alali declared “Each year, heart diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women. But fortunately, as a community, we can change that by spreading awareness about it because 80 per cent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Therefore, ECS aims to spread knowledge and awareness among the specialists in this sector and the public alike.”
“The More women know about heart disease, the more opportunities they have to fight it. We witnessed a great turnout for this event, the first of its kind in the region, and the participants of many local and regional bodies, which reflects the important role played by the “Emirates Cardiac Society in spreading awareness and knowledge among the specialized entities as well as the public in the Arab World. The event also shed light on other factors that may contribute to heart disease in women, as cardiovascular disease is one of the most important causes of death around the world.” Dr. Alali added.
The scientific committee of the conference included Dr. Juwairia Alali, the President of the Emirates Cardiac Society, Vice President Dr Abdullah Shehab and the Chairman of the scientific committee of the society, Dr Wael Al-Mahmeed and the chairperson of the committee on Congenital and Genetic Heart Disease Working Group of Emirates Cardiac Society Dr Ghadeera Al Mansouri in addition to the special participation of a number of doctors from Saudi Arabia, such as Dr. Mervat Al-Alasnag, Dr. Huda Ismail, Dr. Rasha Al Bawardy, and Dr. Hanan Bakr.
The Emirates Cardiac Society and on the sidelines of the conference “Cardiovascular Disease in Women Conference” a campaign will be running with several initiatives across the malls in UAE to measure blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), blood sugar and cholesterol, to introduce and raise awareness about heart diseases in women. Giving healthy tips and guidance about women’s fitness and nutrition would be part of this campaign.
Women should also be mindful that other factors pose a risk to their health, especially rheumatic immune diseases, and heart diseases during pregnancy, which can be identified during reproductive life and can contribute to the development of current risk assessment strategies for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. This conference Is Organized by ICOM.