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Early Signs of Heart Disease

The problem with heart disease is that the first symptoms are often fatal. Heart disease generally goes undetected until it is too late. There is a saying: wherever you go, go with all your heart. An unhealthy heart will put a halt to the joys of a long life, and we would like to detect it early and prevent it from occurring. But how? Are there early signs and symptoms?

Even so, there are several early signs and symptoms of heart disease that a person can tell if they pay close attention to themselves. Many of these symptoms are usually exertion or exercise-induced. Symptoms are usually mild and resolved when at rest, and may progress in severity, causing an acute heart attack.

Here are the signs to look out for:

  • Angina or angina-equivalent symptoms
  • Mild chest, jaw and left arm discomfort during exercise
  • Giddiness
  • Breathlessness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Fainting-like episodes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain

So, what is the next step? We can’t observe all these symptoms and hope that they are mere “wind” or indigestion. There are many options available, one of which is to seek a medical expert’s advice to diagnose and possibly treat your existing condition. With that being said, let us dive into the many options available for identifying, diagnosing and treating heart disease.

Essential Heart Screening at CVSKL

Firstly, identify your current heart health condition. At CVSKL, there are multiple diagnostic modalities to diagnose heart disease at all stages, such as blood tests, stress tests, ECG, ECHO, heart CT scan, etc. Our heart specialists will prescribe a customised health screening after a thorough consultation and examination. 

We also provide a variety of comprehensive health check packages to choose from. Our Essential Heart Screening Package includes cardiac evaluations, laboratory testing, physical examinations, and consultation regarding your heart health.

Prevention is better than cure. Early detection leads to improved health management with treatment, reduces the risk of complications and enhances the likelihood of better health outcomes. Cardiac health screening is also advised for those over the age of 40 who have no indicators of heart disease. The vast majority of heart diseases stay unnoticed until it is too late.

Following thorough consultation and examination, we provide a variety of innovative care and treatment. Interventional cardiology is the gold standard of surgery for common heart conditions. 

Here are the treatment options at CVSKL that you may consider depending on your doctor’s diagnosis.

Treatment Options

What is interventional cardiology?

Interventional cardiology refers to a subspecialty of cardiology. It mainly focuses on nonsurgical, catheter-based treatment to repair narrowed arteries, damaged or weakened blood vessels, and heart valve disorders.

Procedures
  • Angioplasty
  • Stenting
  • Angiography
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Transcoronary Ablation of Septal Hypertrophy (TASH)
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
  • Percutaneous Trans-Mitral Commissurotomy (PTMC)
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Rotational Atherectomy (PTCRA)
  • Myocardial Biopsy
Benefits of Interventional Cardiology

The avoidance of scars, discomfort and prolonged postoperative recovery are the key benefits of choosing interventional cardiology. Patients can have a shorter period of staying in the ICU and hospital compared to those who choose to undergo open-heart surgery.

For instance, an angioplasty can be performed proactively to access the heart, the cardiologist/heart specialist will thread a sheath through the vascular system. If the cardiologist detects a blockage they can inflate the balloon at the site of the blockage in the circulatory system to flatten or compress the plaque against the arterial wall. This sheath includes a balloon and a thin wire mesh tube wrapped around it. A stent is then inserted as a kind of scaffold to keep the coronary artery open when that is done. Therefore, interventional cardiology can treat some diseases in a more advanced, fast, and convenient way.

Be wary of the signs and symptoms. Follow your heart, and listen when it speaks to you.

Do contact us to have a consultation with our professional heart specialist now!

Information Shared By

Dr. Shafiq Rosli

Senior Medical Officer, CVSKL

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