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Heart & Cardiovascular Health

  • Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease


    Regular Heart Check Ups

    The heart is a very important organ and getting diagnosed with a heart disease certainly sounds like a cause for worry. The truth, however, is that early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to heart health and may prevent further complications in the future. Potential heart problems include ischaemic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, heart muscle disease, and irregular heart rhythm.

    Heart disorders usually have 'silent' symptoms, hence regular heart screening with a cardiologist can help find underlying conditions and provide peace of mind. Regular medical check-ups are effective in monitoring and maintaining cardiovascular health. With early diagnosis, our specialists can advise you on how to best manage your lifestyle and optimise your heart health.

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  • Adult Heart Diseases

    Common adult heart conditions

    The Singapore Heart Foundation states that cardiovascular diseases (including heart disease and stroke) accounted for 31.7% of all deaths in Singapore in 2020. This means that almost 1 in 3 deaths in Singapore is due to heart disease or stroke.

    There are many types of heart diseases that affect adults. Find out about the heart conditions that may affect you and the warning signs and symptoms of a heart problem. Early and timely treatment can increase the chances of a full recovery.

    In most cases, heart problems are caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits. Gleneagles Hospital has a comprehensive heart and vascular programme with a team of specialist doctors to help you manage your lifestyle and medical condition.

    Common heart diseases in adults

    One of the most common heart disease is coronary heart disease. Coronary arteries are blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscles. When there is build-up of fatty material in the coronary arteries, the blood flow to the heart is compromised. Severe coronary artery disease can lead to a heart attack.

    Other common heart diseases in adults include:

    • Hypertensive heart disease (damage to the heart due to high blood pressure)
    • Heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmia)
    • Heart infections
    • Cardiomyopathy (weakening or hardening of the heart muscles)

    Signs and symptoms of impending heart disease

    Some common signs and symptoms of impending heart disease include:

    • Chest pain or heaviness
    • Cold sweat
    • Fatigue or weakness
    • Light-headedness
    • Loss of appetite
    • Palpitations
    • Persistent cough
    • Shortness of breath with activity or when lying down
    • Swelling of the feet and ankles
  • Congenital Heart Diseases

    Congenital heart conditions

    Congenital heart diseases refer to birth defects that affect the structure of an infant’s heart. These defects interfere with the normal functioning of the baby’s heart. There are many types of congenital heart diseases, and they may vary from mild to very severe disease.

    Some of the more common types of congenital heart diseases include:

    • Atrial septal defect (hole in the wall that divides the upper heart chambers)
    • Ventricular septal defect (hole in the wall that divides the lower heart chambers)
    • Tetralogy of Fallot (four defects in the heart that leads to abnormal blood flow through the heart)
    • Transposition of the great arteries (switching of the aorta and the main pulmonary artery)
    • Persistent ductus arteriosus (persistent connection between the aorta and pulmonary artery)

    Congenital heart disease can be detected as early as during the second trimester of pregnancy. If congenital heart disease is suspected during your routine ultrasound scan, your doctor will advise you to have a foetal echocardiogram done. This is a special type of ultrasound that allows your doctor to better evaluate your baby’s heart.

    Some congenital heart diseases are not detected until the baby is born or even later on in life. Signs of congenital heart disease include abnormal heart sounds, abnormal pulses, troubled breathing, and a bluish tinge in the baby’s skin. If your baby is suspected to have a congenital heart disease, your doctor may order tests such as an echocardiography to confirm the diagnosis.

    It is understandable that parents worry when they find out that their newborn has a congenital heart disease. The good news is that with early diagnosis, most congenital heart diseases can be treated with improved outcomes. With advances in medical technology, foetal heart screening can now be done to check for and treat abnormalities in the baby’s heart.

    Congenital heart diseases, if left untreated, may cause serious health complications later in life. Gleneagles Hospital has a team of paediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons to help manage your child’s health throughout their growing years.

  • The Gleneagles Commitment

    At Gleneagles Hospital, your recovery is our priority. With a complete team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons working closely with over 300 multidisciplinary specialist doctors, we provide care for heart, vascular, and metabolic disorders. We also have paediatric cardiologists and paediatric cardiothoracic surgeons who are experienced in diagnosing and treating children with heart diseases.

    Gleneagles Hospital has a comprehensive heart and vascular program that provides medical and surgical care for various heart problems. Our services include heart screening procedures such as electrocardiogram and stress test. We also offer a wide range of diagnostic procedures such as trans-thoracic echocardiogram, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, CT angiography, coronary angiogram, and electrophysiological studies. Our specialists are experienced in performing advanced surgical procedures, including minimally invasive cardiac surgery and left ventricular assist device implantation.

    For more information, please call the Gleneagles patient assistance hotline at +65 6575 7575 or make an appointment online.

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