Have you given your heart a check lately? According to the Ministry of Health, 15 people die from cardiovascular disease everyday in Singapore. This means that 1 out of 3 deaths in the country are caused by a heart disease or stroke.
As with many other diseases, keeping your heart healthy is an important defense against cardiovascular diseases. Finding a cardiologist in Singapore to receive regular heart screening will help keep the risks of cardiovascular diseases at bay.
But first, let’s take a quick look at how your heart works.
Your heart is a muscular pump. Its main job is to pump blood around the body. It does this by squeezing and relaxing – 90 times a minute if you are a child and 70 times a minute if you are an adult.
To deliver oxygen-rich blood, the heart pumps blood into a major blood vessel called the aorta, which then breaks into smaller arteries that carry the blood to different parts of your body. To process oxygen-poor blood, the heart receives it back through two large veins known as the superior and inferior vena cava and directs the blood to the lungs where it can be re-oxygenated.
Unfortunately, some activities can weaken your heart or cause plaque to build up around its walls and arteries. When this happens, you may experience discomfort or pain in your chest which signals that something might be wrong with your heart.
“Doc, I have a pain in my chest.” When your cardiologist hears this, he may advise you to do a heart screen with one of the following methods:
Your heart produces tiny electrical impulses that helps it contract. The ECG can detect abnormal patterns produced by various heart disorders, such as abnormal heart rhythms or a scar in the heart muscle which may indicate a recent heart attack.
Your cardiologist may also conduct an echocardiogram which is an ultrasound scan of your heart. The scan will give accurate pictures of the structure of your heart including the walls, chambers and valves.
Check with your cardiologist for clinic facilities such as a Treadmill that will help detect coronary heart disease. Also known as Tolerance Testing, you will be asked to exercise on a treadmill following a protocol while your cardiologist measures your blood pressure intermittently and closely monitors the electrical activity in your heart.
If you’ve had an episode of repeated unexplained fainting, your cardiologist may ask you to undergo a tilt table test. You will be asked to lie on a table that moves from a horizontal to a vertical position while he monitors your heart rate and blood pressure.
Singapore offers competent and highly trained cardiologists to take care of your heart. You may find a good cardiologist in Singapore government hospitals, polyclinics and private clinics. You may also refer to their websites for their credentials.
At the slightest indication of a risk for heart disease, do not delay.
Visit your cardiologist in Singapore and keep your heart in top shape.