Easily Distressed Individuals may be at Higher Risk of Heart Disease

Distress is a combined measure of stress, depression, negativity and dissatisfaction with life. A Danish population-based study showed that distress can affect cardiovascular health, increasing the risk of heart disease. According to Anders Borglykke, MSc, PhD of the Research Center for Prevention and Health at Denmark's Glostrup University Hospital, people who score high for "mental vulnerability" were 37 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Mental vulnerability, in … [Read more...]

A Cool Body Could Save Your Life

A trial conducted by the Singapore General Hospital found that cardiac arrest patients could triple their chances of survival by using a treatment technique known as Therapeutic Hypothermia. During this treatment, an unconscious patient’s body is rapidly cooled from 37°C to between 32°C and 34°C, where the temperature is maintained for 12 to 24 hours. This is done either by wrapping large cooling gel pads around the torso or by pumping cool saline into a catheter that is inserted into the … [Read more...]

Getting to know Chest Pain

The chest pain a person feels 24 hours before a heart attack may actually save his/her life. Up to 40 per cent of heart attack patients experience chest pain, which is also known as pre-infraction angina. According to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), knowing the early warning signs of a heart attack can help to prompt identification and treatment. In a study done by MHIF, researchers here looked at data from 245 patients who suffered a heart attack. It was found that … [Read more...]

Yoga for a Healthier Heart

The history of yoga dates back as far as 5,000 years ago in ancient India. Today, it is practised by many around the world to help with relaxation, improving flexibility and health. From hatha yoga to astanga, yoga offers numerous benefits for your heart. A study by Ohio State University found that women who did not practise yoga regularly had 41 per cent higher levels of pro-inflammatory cytokine IL -6, a substance that increases inflammation in our body and causes heart disease. The … [Read more...]

Eating Control Tips for Chinese New Year

In February 2013's e-Newsletter, we talked about how consuming too much Chinese New Year goodies can increase the risk of  heart disease. Here, we would like to go a step further and offer you some invaluable practical tips to help you control your appetite this festive season. 1)     Avoid an empty stomach when going for house visits When we are hungry, we tend to eat more. Fill up your stomachs with healthy fibre-rich food such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and calcium-rich low-fat … [Read more...]

Heart Screening

What is it? A heart screening a.k.a. cardiac screening is a diagnostic test that is used to detect and evaluate any underlying heart diseases or conditions. It is often deployed as a preventive measure to easily counter any complications before it worsens and causes further complications. Many different types of heart screenings are available, and the ones that the patient undergoes may differ depending on the individual. A normal screening for a healthy person would take about an hour or … [Read more...]

A Christmas Diet for Your Heart

Good for the Heart Baked Turkey is one of the dishes that cannot be missed during Christmas. It is actually healthier as compared to other meat choices like beef and ham, containing less cholesterol and saturated fat. Not only that; it is also rich in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps your body to produce vitamin B. Reducing the amount of sauce to go with it helps to cut down cholesterol and saturated fat intake, lowering the possibility of getting heart related diseases. Next … [Read more...]

MitraClip Therapy

Who is it for? MitraClip Therapy is a form of minimally invasive surgery/procedure which is used to treat patients suffering from Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) with Severe Mitral Regurgitation (MR). What is Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)? The mitral valve is one of four valves located at the heart, namely between the left atrium and left ventricle. The mitral valve has two flaps or ‘leaflets’ which opens and closes to control the blood flow between these two chambers. When this valve does … [Read more...]

Bioabsorbable Coronary Stents

Who is it for? Bioabsorbable Vascular Scaffolds (BVS) are made from synthetic polymers that have been specifically produced for safe use in the human body. Many patients who are eligible for the regular cardiac stent are also eligible for the new BVS technology. Until more experience with this technology is obtained, certain subsets of patients are currently deemed unsuitable for this new breakthrough in treating coronary artery disease. These include those with extensive calcified … [Read more...]

Cardiac Stenting a.k.a. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Who is it for? Cardiac stenting, or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is recommended for people who suffer from narrow or blocked coronary arteries as a result of coronary artery disease (CAD). It is also used as an emergency treatment for heart attack cases by quickly opening the blockage and reducing heart muscle damage. What is percutaneous coronary intervention? PCI, also known as coronary angioplasty, is a non-surgical method used to open narrowed coronary arteries that supply … [Read more...]