You are never too old, or too young, to care about your heart health. The most simple changes can improve the wellness of your heart and cardiovascular system, and might even save your life one day. One thing you can do for yourself is access comprehensive cardiac screening, which will give you a transparent view of your current heart health and help you better understand any lifestyle changes you need to make.
Before we talk about cardiac screening, there are a number of things you can do at home to maximize your heart health. The Singapore Health Foundation outlines a number of important ways you can keep your heart healthy. This advice includes:
Cardiac screening is another step you can take to ensure your heart is ticking properly. The purpose of screening is to assess the heart health of an individual without symptoms. Often, the early stages of a cardiovascular problem are mild and symptomless. A heart check-up can detect adverse cardiovascular changes in their early stages, so that treatment options are wider and less invasive.
There is no upper or lower age to start getting heart screenings. But the older you get, the more likely you are to be experiencing the early stages of a cardiovascular problem. That being said, a study of young adults under the age of 45 showed that this age group accounted for 8%-12% of all heart attacks during the 5-year study period. So, even if you are not in a high risk age group, you should still consider heart screening.
A heart check-up with a Cardiologist in Singapore involves a consultation, tests and a follow-up appointment.
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The cost of cardiac screening will vary across Singapore. As an estimate, the average heart check-up cost in Singapore is anywhere between $100 and $1500. The reason the costs are so varied is because each clinic offers different packages, depending on how comprehensive you want your screening to be.
We offer various costs depending on the screening package you select. If you would like to talk to us about the cost of cardiac screening, whether or not your insurance will cover heart screening, or any other screening packages we offer, please contact us today for a discussion.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the frequency of screening. It depends entirely on your risk factors, your age, and how concerned you are about maintaining good heart health. As a general rule of thumb, regular check-ups will offer the best chances of detecting any emerging problems early.
If you have no cardiac concerns, no family history of cardiac problems and are otherwise fit and well, you can have a heart check-up every 3-5 years or so. If you have a history of cardiovascular issues, have immediate family members with heart problems or meet some of the high risk criteria for future heart problems, you might want to consider having a heart check-up every 1-3 years.
You should also consider cardiac screening if you are about to embark on a physical challenge, such as climbing a mountain, running a marathon or doing a long-distance swim. If this applies to you, then you might want to consider a pre-exercise cardiac screening package. This package is specifically designed for athletes embarking on physically demanding challenges. You can find detailed information about this package as well as the costs by clicking here.
Regular heart screening is the safest and most accurate way to determine if there is a risk of developing a heart condition. No matter your age, background or lifestyle, you can benefit from one of our screening packages. Booking is easy and once the screening is complete, you will have a clearer understanding of your heart health and any changes you need to make.
If you are in doubt, talk to one of our cardiologists about how frequently you should have a heart check-up.
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