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Cardiology

Cardiology deals with disorders of the heart as well as parts of the circulatory system. Heart disease leads to a significant number of deaths worldwide.

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Heart disease includes:

  • Coronary artery diseases (CAD) such as angina and heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension

Causes of heart disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Poor diet
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Prevention of heart disease

It is estimated that 90% of heart disease is preventable. Prevention of atherosclerosis involves improving risk factors through: healthy eating, exercise, avoidance of tobacco smoke and limiting alcohol intake.

Treating risk factors, such as high blood pressure, blood lipids and diabetes is also beneficial.

15 Jun 2017

Went for a heart screening test this morning. Was well-received by the staff and guided me well to go through the various tests, including the treadmill test, in a very professional and polite manner.

Had a consultation with Dr Julian Tan and he explained the results professionally and even helped answer all my questions about matters of the heart.

I highly recommend their services and expertise. God bless.

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15 Jan 2017

 Dr William Yip is very good at managing Kawasaki disease. It is also very important to find a paediatrician who is competent in handling KD. Dr Yip was quick to look through the heart scan and access the impact. He gave us all the information we needed to know in terms of heart scans that our child needs to follow up on as he grows up.

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21 Aug 2018

Dr Ong is a very meticulous and caring doctor. He would perform very thorough checks on my husband to ensure that his condition was stable. Unlike other doctors i had met, Dr Ong is also very warm and caring, and i was completely at ease sharing my difficulties and concerns with him. The nurses were also very friendly; they provided me with a shoulder to cry on and an outlet to vent my frustrations.

Without their help, i would have broken down long ago. They gave me the strength to continue caring for my husband, and I'm glad that his condition has since improved tremendously.  Thank you so much Dr Ong!
 

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21 Mar 2017

Dr Tan has been looking after my heart health for a while now. I cannot thank him enough. I will be back for my next appointment soon!

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11 Sep 2017

Dr Teo Swee Guan was referred to us and we made the right choice by going to him because of the on-site, holistic care. Also, Dr Teo is a cheerful and optimistic cardiologist We were able to book in for a Vasodilator Stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Test for the morning after our appointment with Dr Teo and this would not have been possible elsewhere.

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3 Oct 2017

Upon landing in Singapore I went to the doctors straight away who told me to go straight to A&E. Not long later I was in the operating theatre getting 2 stents put in. Special thanks to my cardiologist Ng Kheng-Siang for looking after me so well!

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15 Oct 2017

I extend my heartfelt thanks to cardiologist Dinesh Nair from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Although he had done many angiography and angioplasty procedures before, they were a first for my mother. Dr Nair managed to calm my mother's nerves and put her at ease.

He was also very detailed in explaining everything to me, and he helped me better understand my mother's condition.

 

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29 Jun 2018

I strongly recommend Dr Lim, who successfully did my heart bypass in 2013. I returned to work in 3months after the surgery!

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2 Mar 2018

Dr Lee attended to me last year and i can testify he treats from the heart! The genuine care shown to his patients and the sincerity through his actions show that he places his patient's interest first. Thank you Dr Lee for your assurance, gentleness and advices given. It has been a pleasure to be placed under your care!

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23 May 2017

Best cardiologist in Singapore. Dr. Koo explains very clearly your case based on test findings. The staff are all amazing and caring.

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11 Apr 2018

Our family is grateful to Dr Bernard Ee for taking such great care of our granmother for the past 25 years

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3 May 2018

I recommended Dr Wanahita to everyone! He is professional and attentive. Very dedicated doctor whom you can count on.

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9 Mar 2018

I've been a patient with Dr Lim ever since I had a bypass operation at Mt Elizabeth in 2000. I have been going to Dr. Lim 4 times a year since then, making a total of over about 60 visits. I have always obtained the best possible care from Dr. Lim and his excellent staff. He is always unhurried, always intent on listening to his patients, and does a very good job explaining his treatment to non-specialists. As a long-term survivor of bypass surgery, I am very grateful to Dr. C.H. Lim. I wholeheartedly (pun intended) recommend him in the highest terms possible.

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25 Apr 2017

I was very well taken care of by Dr. Chong throughout my stay at FPH. He explained everything to me in great detail and was also very patient. I am incredibly blessed to have had such a patient-centric, well-communicated plan in place, with access to exceptional doctors in such a short period of time. Without a doubt, I credit my quick recovery, peace of mind and excellent prognosis to the everyone in FPH as well the service staff.

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19 Mar 2018

My husband received the most humane, dedicated and gracious care from Dr. Paul Chiam and his team!

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6 Nov 2017

Dr Stanley Chia is definitely one of the most patient and skillful heart surgeon I have ever met who had a lot of patience to explain to my dad the complicated procedure and was very supportive throughout the process. The surgery was a success!

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4 May 2018

Dr Cheng did a balloon angioplasty/stent in 2013 for me and I am celebrating a healthy heart thanks to Dr Cheng!

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14 Apr 2017

Prof Charles Chan is very detailed and attentive to what is best treatment option for patients. 

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26 Aug 2016

My husband saw Prof Lim YT for over 9 years for his MVP.  Prof. Lim is also very renowned in cardiology. Please do not underestimate the relapses. I still remember when my husband had a relapse on Friday night, we were very anxious and didn't know what to do. He called his doctor on Saturday morning, and his doctor told him to be warded immediately. His situation was similar, but he didn't stay overnight. Admitted in the morning, and by 5 pm, the doctor gave him the go-ahead to be discharged. Prof Lim is in private practice now and I recommend him if you need a cardiologist.

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24 Apr 2016

My husband is currently seeing Dr. Abdul Razakji for his MVP. He had a relapse early this year (after a lapse of 9 years) and was on medication for a while. His previous cardiologist recommended Dr Abdul and my husband is quite pleased with him. 

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16 Feb 2017

My mother was treated in the department of cardiology in Raffles Hospital. Attending doctor - Ng Wai Lin. They did coronarography there (diagnostic), during which the doctor installed a metal (!) stent! Although such a stent, not a medicinal stent, is placed only in case of a life threat, in the absence of other stents. In Raffles there is no shortage of good medicinal stents, it was clear that it would close!

But the most interesting is that recently we learned that all this time the doctor knew about the presence of another diagnosis, and did not say that! The bottom line is that my mother was diagnosed with Aortoarteritis
(Takayasu's Disease), a rheumatological disease, which leads to inflammation of blood vessels - the vascular wall is growing, which is why blood flow is disturbed - this leads to heart attacks, strokes and other serious consequences. It is treated by a rheumatologist.
Cardiologist Ng Wai Lin should have realized that the stenosis was caused not just by the clogging of cholesterol plaques, but everything is much more serious. He had to send my mom to a rheumatologist;  he had to ask himself why the stents were closed in half a year! Instead, at the end of 2016, he put another 3 stents, although my mother was already after one heart attack and with a lot of closed vessels. He again climbed into the arteries, put the stents, somehow shoved them and heavily inflamed the already inflamed vessels, took money for them - that's all. Six months later, my mother had a heart attack again - now she lies in the hospital.

And here, when the patient had already returned home, it was no longer possible to take money, so the doctor's answer was - follow the recommendations , take aspirin. Even then, he did not say to run to the hospital for a rheumatologist or cardiologist. And the extract about the treatment was achieved only a month later! Although it must be issued immediately after the end of treatment.
I hope that my mother will recover and everything will be fine. Но Raffles Hospital and especially the doctor Ng Wai Lin do not recommend it to anyone! If you want to save life and health for yourself and your family - choose another clinic!

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29 Aug 2017

Dr Ooi is very approachable and kind. He and his team are very professional and helpful. The medical equipment there are top notch as well.
 
 
 

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30 May 2018

I had to hospitalize after primary diagnosis concluded my situation as "Congestive Heart Failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy." with my heart functioning only 15% at best.

Within 24 hours after hospitalized treatment, I lost over 7 liters of water, heart was strength and stabilize to function better up to 35%, which I instantly felt stronger, no more breathlessness and improved appetite too.

Glad that angiogram was done to confirmed the main arteries are unblocked, so I'm discharged today!

My sincere gratitudes to my cardiologist Dr Ng Wai Lin, the fantastic nursing and care team.

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13 Apr 2018

My son has done his heart surgery at NUH by Dr Shankar. He was discharged from the hospital was 5 days after the surgery. I am so grateful to have received the recommendation from another mum to contact Dr Shankar's assistant. Dr Shankar is so excellent. I am so pleased that he arranged the surgery for my son in such a short notice. He is really famous and I heard that he has done the surgery for a premature baby as small as 1.6kg. He is really a kind and nice person and I'm so blessed to have met him and he did the intervention for my son.My son is coping well so far.

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10 Apr 2017

My boy had AVSD and was detected during pregnancy. His heart surgery was done when he was one month old by Dr Shankar.  He had 2 holes in the heart, the doc detected that he also had co-arctation problem. He was only 2kg when 2 of the surgeries were done. Both were successfully done by Dr Shankar and discharged within 1-2 weeks!

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29 Sep 2017

Dr Yeo was recommended to me by my GP and I would recommend him to anyone who needs a down-to-earth and knowledgeable cardiologist.Dr Yeo went through with me what the tests were for and explained the results to me in a way that I understood. 

 

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4 Dec 2017

Dr Eric Hong is very patient and explains in a very detailed fashion what you may be encountering. His confidence and knowledge about the heart is exceptional, and I must say that I'm thoroughly impressed. His nurses are also very professional with running the tests and arrangements.

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30 Mar 2017

Doctor Hong is very thorough in his investigation and does not stop at just providing you with a simple analysis. His explanations and educating you about the heart is very detailed and simple to understand, as if he's done it thousands of times, and using very easy to understand analogies.

Nurses are also very professional and efficient, helping you with your tests and everything before and after you meet Doctor Hong.

The clinic is very easy to get to, being located on the 3rd floor of the Medical Centre, and it is wheelchair accessible all throughout.

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SEEING A CARDIOLOGIST IN SINGAPORE (2018)

This post by a senior cardiologist explains all your need to know about finding a trusted cardiologist in Singapore for your heart health needs.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GETTING AN ANGIOPLASTY IN SINGAPORE (2018)

Heart disease is amongst the top 3 killers in Singapore. In this comprehensive 2500 words guide, I'll address all the most common questions posed by my patients, such as:

  • Why an angioplasty may not be the best treatment for you
  • The cost of getting an angioplasty in Singapore
  • How to find the best cardiologist for an angioplasty
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MEET THE EXPERT: DR JULIAN TAN

Meet Dr Julian Tan, a physician and cardiologist with a wealth of experience who likens his speciality to plumbing. Find out what inspired him to a career in medicine and the one motto he lives by. 

Got a heart health question for Dr Julian Tan? Ask your question here: http://bit.ly/ask-drjulian.

You can also join Dr Julian Tan as he hosts a DxD session, where he answers all the questions you might have about heart disease.

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ASK DR JULIAN TAN: HEART DISEASE

In 2016, statistics showed that cardiovascular disease accounted for 29.5 per cent of all deaths. This means that nearly 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore is due to heart diseases or stroke.

Heart disease and stroke combined, is also the leading cause of death among women in Singapore but many are still unaware of the dangers posed by this “silent killer”.

Join Dr Julian Tan, an accomplished cardiologist, as he hosts a QnA session where he answers all the questions you might have about heart disease. 

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ASK DR NANDAKUMAR: HEART STENTS

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease in many developed countries. It happens when you have fatty substance that builds up in your artery. That reduces blood flow and thus oxygen supply to the heart muscle. Heart stents are used to 'unclog' the artery and restore the blood flow. 

Learn about how heart stents are used to treat coronary heart disease as Dr Nandakumar answered questions from readers on: 

  • Best treatment for blocked heart vessels
  • What happens during an angioplasty 
  • Risks and complications associated with stent placement
  • What happens after an angioplasty 
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Dear Sab snaps, Thank you for sharing your terrible experience. There can be many reasons for this experience. You could see your own trusted GP to try to figure out. 1) Some people have sleep conditions like night terrors. Could be triggered by other conditions like h...
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Dear Keiijiri Yes, those with diabetes have a two to fourfold risk of developing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and the extent and severity of CAD depends on the duration of diabetes. Whether the extent of coronary disease will warrant a stent or other treatment depends on the res...
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Dear Ken NO – heart stents cannot be removed for any reason except in the extremely case of a stent getting infected (about 17 or so cases reported since 1986 when the first stent was implanted and of course millions of people have had stents since then). In which case h...
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Your father can rest assured that after a successful heart angioplasty he can look forward to a good quality of life and longevity provided that the coronary disease fits the criteria and the coronary angioplasty is technically sound and complete. Some simple rules to follow aft...
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Yes we do use devices occasionally to remove/shave/excise plaques but this is used in less than 5% of coronary angioplasties at present. The current devices licensed for plaque removal usage in the heart are called: Rotablator (a nickel plated brass burr with microscopic di...
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Dear Dyah The coronary angiogram is the current gold standard to establish the degree of coronary artery disease and with experience one can usually determine the stenosis with just “eyeballing”. However, I do use adjunct imaging inside the blood vessel itself, and...
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Dear Senthamarai I would say the chances of being completely angina free depends on the extent of the disease ie if you have diffuse multiple blockages or one or two critical blockages. With diffuse extensive disease, while you may improve the prognosis by treating the critic...
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Dear Joycee Recovery time after an angioplasty is pretty similar in most parts of the globe. In terms of recovery we generally aim for a 4 to 6 week period to get back to full activity. Usually the cardiac rehabilitation team will come to meet you if you have been admitted wit...
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Yes, 100% blocked arteries can be treated and many techniques exist nowadays. If the artery can be opened up through the normal route of blood flow it is called “antegrade” technique and there are newer specialized kits available for this technique. There are also...
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Dear Vion I am afraid the evidence does point to the fact that there is a clear advantage both in terms of quality of life and mortality benefit (for instance in those patients who have a narrowing of more than 50% in the left main stem ie the major branch on the left side of the h...
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