On August 13, according to the associated press, Syrian President Bashar al Assad suddenly felt his blood pressure dropped during his speech in parliament on August 12, saying he needed to “sit down and have a rest.”. After that, Assad continued to finish his speech. < / P > < p > referring to the U.S. sanctions against Syria and the economic crisis in war-torn Syria, Assad told the audience, “my blood pressure has dropped, I need to drink water.” After a while, Assad said, “if you don’t mind, I need to sit down for a while.” Then he left the room. It is unclear how long Assad has been away, according to the report. But when Assad came back, he joked, “doctors are the worst patients.”. He was applauded by members of Parliament. Before becoming president, Assad was a trained ophthalmologist. < / P > < p > the U.S. government began to impose sanctions on the Syrian government, enterprises and individuals before the full outbreak of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, and continued to add sanctions after the outbreak of the conflict. The European Union also began to impose sanctions on Syria in May 2011. Years of conflict and Western sanctions have severely damaged Syria’s economic and social development.