10Jun, 2016

Investing in the Future of Cardiovascular Health

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The Secret of Cardiovascular Longevity by Dr Peter Yan Consultant Cardiologist Gleneagles & Mt Elizabeth Hospitals Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death worldwide.  Globally more people die annually from CVD than any other cause.  An estimate of 17.5 million people die from CVD in 2013 representing 31% of all global deaths (WHO data). In Singapore, CVD (include coronary or ischaemic heart disease and stroke) is the number two killer accounting for one out of 3 deaths just behind cancer.  It is estimated that everyday 15 people […]
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27May, 2016

An interview with Dr Peter Yan – Questions and Answers on Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes and Sports Participations

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1) We sometimes read about marathon runners, athletes, and other fit, young individuals just dropping dead during or after a jog/run or a game. Common reason is cardiac arrest, heart attack or some kind of heart condition. Can you explain why this tends to happen to people who are more or less fit and healthy (and young), with no obvious health issues?  People who appear and look healthy and fit does not necessarily imply that they have no underlying heart conditions.  The main reason for sudden cardiac death is often […]
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22Apr, 2016

Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)

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What Is Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)? The World Health Organisation Fact Sheet 2013 has stated that cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is the number one cause of death globally.  More people die annually from cardiovascular diseases then from any other causes.  There is an estimated 17.5 million people who died from cardiovascular diseases in 2013, representing 31% of global deaths.   What are Cardiovascular Diseases? Many people think that cardiovascular disease with is heart attack.  This is a misconception.  The term “cardiovascular diseases” encompasses a group of medical conditions that affect the heart […]
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22Apr, 2016

Atherothrombosis

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What is atherothrombosis ? Atherothrombosis is derived from 2 Greek words – athero which comes from atherosclerosis and is defined as a systemic inflammatory disease characterized by the accumulation of inflammatory cells in the walls of the large arteries leading to cholesterol deposition in the walls and the formation of cholesterol plaques also known as atheroma.  Thrombosis is the formation of blood clot (thrombus) within the cholesterol plaque in the blood vessel as a result of a rupture of the plaque and obstruction of blood flow.  Atherothrombosis therefore is characterized […]
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22Apr, 2016

Altitude Sickness

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The recent reports by the media on 2 Singaporeans – 66-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman who died of altitude sickness at Mt Kailash have generated tremendous interest and awareness of this condition.  This is important as there are more people taking adventurous tours such as scaling or trekking high mountains.  This article hopes to put in perspective the condition of high altitude sickness and information with regards to the prevention of altitude sickness as well as the look-out for the development of altitude sickness because if diagnosed early will […]
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