By Fazeena Saleem / The Peninsula

Doha: At least half of the patients seen with cardiac disorders at the Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Heart Hospital, present with diabetics, says a senior official.

Between 250 and 300 patients are seen daily at the Outpatient Department of the Heart Hospital and also present metabolic disorders with a majority with diabetics, said Dr Nidal Ahmed Asaad, Chairman Cardiology, Director Cardiac Electrophysiology, HMC.

He also said that the number patients seen with cardiac disorders at the Outpatient Department each year are increasing, and it has jumped from 40,000 to between 70,000 and 80,000 over the past four years.

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Among the other disorders, hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, sedentary lifestyle are the risk factors for coronary artery diseases and heart attacks.

“We have observed that the presence of diabetes in almost 50 percent of our patients. Other risk factors also include obesity, hypertension and smoking,” said Dr Asaad on the sidelines of a press conference held yesterday to announce about the 14th Gulf Heart Association Conference and the 11th Gulf Vascular Society Symposium.

The Heart Hospital also has a specialised clinic to advice patients and help them quit smoking, encourage to do more physical activities, adopt a healthy lifestyle and healthy dietary habits.

However, as factors such as genetics or family history cannot be controlled, experts at the clinic try to advice patients with such conditions not to develop other risk factors.