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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.

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.

Great question, and congratulations on giving up smoking! I'm sure this is a question on many smokers minds too. First of all, chest pain should never be viewed trivially. Do follow up closely with your doctor on what to do next for your chest pain. Even though your ECG and e...
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We always check blood pressure and heart rate when we see a patient at clinic, and trust me, a low heart rate and low blood pressure is a fairly common incidental finding - especially amongst slim, smallish Asian women. Your blood pressure is linked to heart rate - because your ...
13 Jan 2019
A heart rate of below 60, even when you are awake is considered to be low. This is called "bradycardia" in medical terms. If you have bradycardia, but not other symptoms, you may not need any treatment. Healthy young people in good physical condition will frequently have rest...
13 Jan 2019
Dear Ally Thank you for the question and I am sure its a situation that many people face day-by-day. Our increasingly sedentary lives have a significant impact on our health including the risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolaemia, obesity and heart disease. EXERCISE ...
13 Jan 2019
In medical terminology, an irregular heart beat is called an arrythmia (ie, abnormal heart rhythm). Heart rhythm abnormalities occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats cause your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. Your doctor can detect...
8 Jan 2019
Hi, Intravenous fluids play an important role in the management of many patients, especially if they are (1) dehydrated or not drinking well; (2) losing bodily fluids rapidly, eg through vomiting, diarrhoea, high fever or certain kidney diseases or other medical problems; (3) sho...
10 Jan 2019
There are 2 main types of coconut oil: 1. Standard coconut oil 2. Virgin coconut oil Even though processed differently, both contain over 90% saturated fats. Saturated fats are bad for your health because they increase your "bad cholesterol" and the risk of heart disease...
4 Jan 2019
Heart palpitations are heartbeats that you suddenly notice. Your heart may feel like it's pounding heavily or beating irregularly for a few moments. Although they may seem worrying, the good news is that they are mostly harmless and are NOT a sign of a serious issue. If ...
31 Dec 2018

This S'porean Cardiologist Explains What Is A Coronary Angioplasty And Who Needs It

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In Singapore, 17 people die from cardiovascular disease (heart diseases and stroke) every day. Did you know that in 2017, cardiovascular disease accounted for 30.1% of all deaths?

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease in many industrialised countries. It happens when plaque builds up in your coronary artery, causing it to become narrow. This results in reduced blood flow, and thus oxygen supply to the heart.

People with this condition often suffer from chest pains and shortness of breath. 

To allow blood flow to more freely, a coronary angioplasty surgery is performed. This procedure uses tiny balloons or a tiny wire mesh tube called a stent to prop open arteries that are blocked. 

Watch the video to understand the coronary angioplasty surgery and find out who needs to undergo this procedure.

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Wow - a tough one! Three questions spring to mind 1. What does your cardiologist say? 2. What level of exercise do you currently do? 3. Have you been for an exercise test? So for number one, your cardiologist will know how your heart is functioning - whether the echos a...
11 Dec 2018
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