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Calls for increased early detection of heart conditions among young in Gaza

Palestinian medical staff have rest outside Shifa Hospital as they continue to save lives of Palestinians amid Israeli attacks in Gaza City, Gaza on 13 May 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian medical staff have rest outside Shifa Hospital as they continue to save lives of Palestinians amid Israeli attacks in Gaza City, Gaza on 13 May 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]

As many as seven young people have died after suffering sudden cardiac arrests within a week in the besieged Gaza Strip, local media reported.

The latest death was reported yesterday, when 32-year-old Abdullah Zidan was pronounced dead after suffering a heart attack.

Dr. Khamis Al-Assy, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Islamic University in Gaza, explains that the "sudden death" rate in the Gaza Strip is normal and similar to other parts of the world.

According to Dr. Al- Assy, the main causes for sudden death are cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, congenital heart defect or arrhythmia.

Dr. Al- Assy called for the early detection of heart conditions among young people.

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