Coronary Heart Disease Updates in Malaysia & Latest Treatment Options
On 05 October 2013, I was invited to attend a health talk, regarding Coronary Heart Disease Updates in Malaysia & Latest Treatment Options, in Parkroyal Penang Resort. It started at 10.30am and ended at 1pm. Three cardiologists and specialists as below, are invited to brief the media.
1. Dr Simon Lo
Organising Chairman of CCI 2013,
Consultant Cardiologist/Interventional Cardiologist,
Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang
2. Dr Chang Sau Kong
3. Prof Stephen Lee
Chief of Cardiology,
Professor and Senior Consultant,
Department of Medicine,
Queen Mary Hospital,
University of Hong Kong
Registration for media
The organizer was so considerate to prepare those delicious light breakfast for us.
Dr Simon Lo talked about Coronary Artery Disease in Malaysia and overview of Complex Cardiovascular Intervention (CCI) 2013
Dr. Simon Lo started the media briefing by explaining causes of heart blockage. He stated that Malaysia’s number 1 killer disease was Coronary Heart Disease, which was 25.4% of the total mortality rate, according to The National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011. Based on the statistic of Malaysia NCVD-PCI Registry on 2008, male was 82% tended to have heart problem comparing to the female, which has the risk of 18%. People of age group 50 -<60 and 60 – <70 had the highest percentage to get this disease, which were 36% and 28% each.
People got heart problem due to lacking of exercise, obesity, cigarette smoking, unhealthy diet, alcohol intake and etc. The high risk group would be people with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, menopause and etc. According to statistic, Malays were easier to get this disease. However, 40% of the coronary patients had no symptoms at all.
Heart Disease is caused by atherosclerosis, which the blood vessel which supply blood and oxygen to the heart, becomes narrow and thicken, due to the accumulation of fatty substances such as cholesterol. It does not happen in one day.
Normally, people who has heart attack will undergo these two operations, angioplasty or bypass. Angioplasty is less complicated and safer than bypass. It is to enter a tubing from the patient’s wrist or groin into the heart, to dilate the balloon and put a stent in the blocking area of the artery.
Here is the YouTube animation video link by OrbusNeich of how Combo Stent works in the heart: http://youtu.be/gMeAD5kLqgA