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#DefyHeartFailure is an educational initiative focused on raising awareness about heart failure. In collaboration with Novartis Malaysia, we aim to highlight risk factors associated with heart failure and emphasise early detection.

Join us in making a lasting impact on the heart health of Malaysians. 



  • Occurs suddenly and unexpectedly 
  • Due to a sudden block of blood flow to the heart 
  • Results in death of a part of the heart muscle 


  • Chronic, long-term condition 
  • Gradual decrease of heart function due to weakened heart muscle
  • A heart attack can lead to heart failure


Key symptoms of heart failure

Even though heart failure is a chronic condition, it can be effectively managed. This means that being able to recognise and check the symptoms of chronic heart failure is especially important.

Shortness of breath

Heart failure can cause the fluid in your body to gather in your lungs which may cause you to feel short of breath during everyday activities.

Swelling in the ankles, legs and abdomen

Clothes or shoes might feel tighter as fluid in the body builds up in the legs, ankles or abdomen causing them to swell up.

Sudden weight increase

Worsening heart failure may cause an increase in weight of more than two kilograms in one week because fluid builds up in your body

Loss of appetite

A build-up of fluid around the gut can affect digestion and might cause a loss of appetite, or make you feel sick when eating.

Rapid heartbeat

The heart sometimes starts to speed up to compensate for its reduced ability to pump blood around the body.

Frequency of urination

A reduced amount of blood reaches your kidneys when you have heart failure, causing you to urinate less frequently. Conversely, if you take diuretics (eg. water pills), you might urinate more frequently, when the excess fluid in your body is eliminated.

Get your heart checked now!

Prioritise your heart health with our Preferred Male & Female Cardiac Screening Package, tailored to provide comprehensive cardiovascular assessment for both men and women. Take the first step towards a healthier future today and ensure your heart stays in peak condition. 

#DefyHeartFailure Stories


If you or your family members have experienced heart failure, be our storyteller on #DefyHeartFailure to help inspire others to reach out!

YOU can be the change in encouraging others to seek early heart screening to curb the severity of heart disease by getting relevant treatments.