Understanding coronary heart disease

Wani Roslan

A coronary heart disease refers to blockages of the coronary artery leading to obstruction in the blood flow to the heart muscle, said Cardiologist at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Dr Ezam Emran.

In his talk on Coronary Heart Disease during the launch of the 1st Patient Education Programme by Gleneagles JPMC in conjunction with World Heart Day 2019 under the theme ‘My Heart, Your Heart’ held every September 29, Dr Ezam also spoke of the symptoms of a heart attack which include severe chest pain, sweating profusely, nausea and upper abdominal pain.

He also pointed out some of the causes for coronary heart disease such as obesity, dietary factors, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, drugs and substance abuse, diabetes and high cholesterol level.

The event was held at Gleneagles JPMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit yesterday. Gleneagles JPMC Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Tay was the guest of honour.

Gleneagles JPMC Consultant Cardiologist Dr Rajinikanth Rajagopal delivered an opening speech at the event.

ABOVE & BELOW: Guest of honour Gleneagles JPMC Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Tay and Gleneagles JPMC Consultant Cardiologist Dr Rajinikanth Rajagopal with guests and attendees at the launch of 1st Patient Education Programme; and Cardiologist at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Dr Ezam Emran delivers his talk. PHOTOS: WANI ROSLAN

A mini exhibition on obesity and heart disease, cholesterol, blood pressure and coronary artery disease at the event.

Cardiac Rehab Coordinator at RIPAS Hospital Jong Seng Khiong and Dietitian at Gleneagles JPMC Arfah Taib also addressed the gathering on Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme and Heart Healthy Diet.

The educational talks are an integral part of the cardiac rehabilitation programme. It is planned to be held monthly with talks from various healthcare professionals to improve patients’ understanding of their heart problems and the recovery process.

With improvement in medical care, more patients survive serious heart problems. With optimal long-term treatment, patients can improve their quality of life and return to the best possible health condition.

Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients recover from major heart ailments such as heart attack, heart surgery or angioplasty for angina.

The programme includes supervised exercise classes, risk-factor modification and health education.

Studies have shown that cardiac rehabilitation can significantly reduce the risk of further heart problems and improve survival.

In the last one year, Gleneagles JPMC has placed great emphasis on the expansion of the cardiac rehabilitation programme, which included consultation with experts from Singapore, the introduction of new elements and the implementation of modern technology such as Fitbit to enhance patient engagement and outcome.