Keeping the Nation’s Hearts Healthy

Kuwait Hospital Coronary Heart Disease (CAD) Public Awareness Campaign  

To uphold our proactive healthcare philosophy, we continuously roll out Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives to positively serve, build awareness and educate Kuwait’s community on ways to better care for their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. In 2022, to celebrate World Heart Day throughout September, we introduced our first public awareness campaign for early detection and treatment of Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  

Coronary Artery Disease is a life-threatening condition characterized by the narrowing of coronary arteries due to deposition of plaque. Globally and locally, it is the number one cause of death worldwide. It is the most prevalent disease in the world and directly or indirectly contributes to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure ( water in the lungs), hypertension and many other cardiac conditions. CAD is further compounded by chronic day-to-day stress.  

At Kuwait Hospital, we recognize that CAD/CHD screening tests and early detection can be used to potentially prevent a heart attack or cardiac event in a person without heart disease symptoms, and can assist in diagnosing heart disease in individuals with heart disease symptoms.  

Our CAD campaign invited members of Kuwait community to participate in a visit that included clinical evaluation, blood tests and contrast free CT scan for precise evaluation of the coronary arteries. This campaign was conducted between September 2022 and June 2023 at cost free charge for participants. Led by Dr Gallaf, the test data collected is part of a first-of-its-kind study by Kuwait Hospital – and indeed the first such study in Kuwait – of the prevalence of heart diseases in Kuwait and the GCC. The research findings, which will consider the data of almost 3100 participants, will enable Kuwait Hospital to serve the community even better through awareness, education, early detection and treatment.   

The campaign and research study targeted individuals with no known heart disease aged between 30 to 70 years in general, but also with specific emphasis for those at heightened risk of CAD as per the below risk factors:  

  • Diabetes 
  • Hypertension  
  • Smokers 
  • Family history of premature CAD (males <55 and females <65) 
  • People with high cholesterol levels or a family history of high cholesterol levels  
  • Obesity  
  • Chronic inflammatory diseases (Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus)  
  • Long term (2 years or longer) use of anabolic steroids (eg: testosterone)/growth hormone  

Women who experienced any of the following in the past: 

  • Premature delivery  
  • Preeclampsia / Eclampsia  
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Menopause before the age of 40