Department of Cardiology, Mohammed Bin Khalifa Cardiac Center, Manama, Bahrain
The Arabian Gulf countries have shown a rapid growth in their populations and the required healthcare infrastructure to meet the growing demands. However, despite well-equipped hospitals and well-trained medical staff, research has lagged behind. Over the last decade, an attempt at improving research has concentrated on the typical profile of the cardiovascular patient in the Gulf region as he presents with acute coronary syndromes, acute heart failure and acute atrial fibrillation. This multinational effort culminated in more than 20,000 patients being enrolled in several registries (Gulf RACE 1,2; Gulf COAST; Gulf CARE; Gulf SAFE)1-5 which looked at all these different ...
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