26 Jan 2017
New scheme saves heart patients time, money

National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) has worked with polyclinics to streamline the process of getting a potential heart problem checked out. Patients only need to make two, instead of three visits to NHCS and they can get their results much more quickly than before.

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23 Nov 2016
跨国研究:因环境和生理因素 全球1%健康者体内变异基因或引发心衰竭(联合早报)

一项最新跨国研究发现,全球约1%的健康者体内存有可导致心肌病的变基因, 当中部分人在有生之年受环境和生理因素影响可能发病.

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29 Oct 2016
NHCS researchers find association between stock market volatility and heart failure hospitalisation (The Straits Times)

In a local study, NHCS researchers observed that whenever stock prices changed - regardless of whether they went up or down - there was an increase in hospitalisation for heart failure patients

The study, which was published recently in the International Journal Of Cardiology, however found no impact on mortality, heart attacks and strokes. Assoc Prof Yeo Khung Keong, Senior Consultant, Dept of Cardiology, NHCS, said that the emotional well-being of the patient is also important, and should be taken into account by both patients and physicians. Dr Jonathan Yap, Senior Resident, Dept of Cardiology, NHCS, highlighted that the stress due to the volatility in stock markets could be a reason accounting for increased heart failure hospitalisation.

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29 Oct 2016
本地研究发现股市拨动会导致心脏衰竭次数增多(联合早报)

这项研究由新加坡国家心脏中心展开,医生把2001年至2012年的股市表现,与全国疾病登记处的数据及国家心脏中心的心脏衰竭数据作对比后,发现述趋势。

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25 Sep 2016
Docs get help from virtual hearts (The Sunday Times)

In roughly a year’s time, patients at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) could have scans of their hearts turned into 3D models on a computer screen.

These virtual reality representations of their hearts will be true to life and will also beat as theirs do. This will let cardiac surgeons make better pre-surgery plans, especially for non-invasive procedures in which the chest is not opened up and doctors perform surgery through inserting a catheter in the patient’s leg and navigating it up to the heart.

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23 Sep 2016
Research, education needed to tackle challenges of ageing population: Gan Kim Yong (The Straits Times)
Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong spoke on a collaborative project between the National Heart Centre Singapore, the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine, and the Infocomm Media Development Authority involving a genomic and clinical database of 20,000 healthy individuals and heart disease patients to study the markers that may predict an individual’s risk of developing heart disease.
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22 Sep 2016
研究:糖尿病患者女比男更易患心脏病(联合早报)

虽同是糖尿病病人,女病人比男病人更容易患上心脏病。本地研究发现,每两名心脏病猝发的女病人,就有一名患糖尿病;这比心脏病发的男病人当中,约三成患糖尿病来得多。

这是新加坡国家心脏中心的研究员,就急性心阻硬塞病人的长期存活率,与性别、年龄及糖尿病的关联进行调查后公布的结果。调查去年3月在BioMed Central Public Health刊物的网站上发表。

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23 Aug 2016
基因排序测试提高心肌病确诊率(联合早报)
一项国外研究通过基因排序测试技术发现,一些原本认为可致病的变种基因,并非导致心肌病的因素,进一步缩小变种基因的范围,提高病情诊断的准确率。 新保集团杜克—国大学术医学中心,陈江和基金会心血管内科教授库特(Stuart Cook)指出,这项研究成果可谓“中西贯通”,基因变种引发的心肌病不分地域国界,因此本地患者的发病情况也大致相似。

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11 Aug 2016
及早发现心房颤动可预防中风 (联合早报)
心房颤动患者的中风风险比非患者高出五倍,但许多人却不知道自己患病。为确切掌握心房颤动的本地发病率,国家心脏中心计划招募2500名患有慢性疾病的非心脏颤动确诊者参与研究。
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17 Jun 2016
S’poreans face heart failure 10 years before Westerners (The Straits Times)
Singaporeans suffer from heart failure at the average age of 61, about 10 years earlier than Americans and Europeans, a study on Asian patients has found. Singaporeans also have a higher prevalence in coronary artery disease, hypertension and diabetes – the three most common diseases that lead to heart failure – compared to Asians as a whole, Americans and Europeans.
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17 Jun 2016
Heart failure hits S’poreans early (The New Paper)
Singaporeans with heart failure tend to be much younger than Americans and Europeans.

A multinational study has found that the average age of Singaporeans with heart failure is 61. They are about 10 years younger that Westerners.

The reasons: Affluence, stress, dietary habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. These factors lead to coronary artery disease, hypertension and diabetes – the three most common diseases linked to heart failure.
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11 May 2016
Take heart (Singapore Health)
Heart problems often plague the middle-aged and elderly, but this does not have to be the case. Heeding the health of the heart – even in childhood – can mean less heartache in later years.

“Factors beyond our control include age, gender, and family history. But take heart – there are many factors we can control,” said Dr Lim Choon Pin, Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS).

Here, he describes the heart at different stages in life and what people can do early to prevent problems later.
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11 May 2016
Less light, more sleep (Singapore Health)
When nurses from the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) discovered that two-thirds of their warded patients were not getting enough sleep at night, they decided to look into the matter.

“We found that patients in adjacent beds were affected by the light coming through the curtains, but it is impossible for nurses to work under dimmer conditions as that will compromise patient safety,” said Ms Wu Wing Yin, Nurse Clinician, Coronary Care Unit, NHCs, and the team leader behind the project.

To resolve the issue, the nurses came up with the innovative idea of attaching a battery-powered flexible, portable torchlight to the “Computer on Wheels” – a laptop mounted on a wheeled platform
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04 Mar 2016
New test cuts time needed to check heart conditions (The Straits Times)
Some patients at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) used to return year after year to check if they had inherited heart conditions – a process which could take months.

But since developing a new test that helps look for mutations in 174 genes last year, the centre is now able to screen for 17 such conditions in a fraction of the time it used to take.
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03 Mar 2016
Going high-tech came naturally (Singapore Health)
As a boy, two things shaped Asst Prof Tan Teing Ee's career and life. One was his mother having a bleeding ulcer. She needed surgery where part of her stomach was removed. But it saved her life and opened his eyes to what doctors do – they save lives. And he wanted to do that.

“I understood how much of a difference a doctor can make. If it wasn’t for that doctor, I probably wouldn’t have a mother now,” he said.
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27 Feb 2016
新技术更精准诊断遗传性心脏疾病 (联合早报)
家中若有人患上心脏疾病,家庭成员如今通过一种新的基因排序测试技术,更快更精确地找出自己是否遗传了疾病基因,尽早接受预防治疗。

新加坡国家心脏中心与英国伦敦帝国学院(Imperial College London)合作研发的这个新技术,可同时测试174个与遗传性心脏疾病有关的基因,分析结果最快能在三周内出炉。
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05 Feb 2016
Study on causes of heart condition seeks volunteers (The Straits Times)
In some people, high blood pressure leads to the heart muscle thickening and scarring in a matter of years, eventually resulting in heart failure.

But to the bafflement of doctors, others live with high blood pressure for most of their lives, with little discernable impact on their hearts.

This is why doctors at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) are recruiting 500 people for a 10-year study to find out how common fibrosis – or scarring – is, and what makes some people more likely to get it.
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05 Feb 2016
国家心脏中心征集500志愿者研究高血压与左心室肥大关联 (联合早报)
左心室肥大者有可能因心肌纤维化而提高患上心脏衰竭、心脏病或中风的风险。

高血压是导致左心室肥大(Left Ventricular Hypertrophy)的主要病因之一。本地成人人口中,约四分之一患高血压,而60岁及以上者则超过一半患高血压。

新加坡国家心脏中心接下来三年希望召集500名患高血压的志愿者,参与一项调查研究,以进一步了解高血压患者出现心肌增生和心室肥大等病状之间的关联。
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04 Jan 2016
New year wish for a new heart (The New Paper)
At just 22, Mr Kevin Wong found himself at death’s door when his blood pressure and heart function dipped to dangerously low levels. He survived, thanks to being implanted with a mechanical heart device – the HeartMate II.

Now 25, Mr Wong is waiting for a suitable donor heart while working as a service engineer at Transmedic, a company that distributes medical equipment like the HeartMate II.

“A new heart will make a nice gift,” Mr Wong told The New Paper of his wish for the new year.
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04 Jan 2016
靠电池活命 用毅力圆梦 (联合早报)
患有心脏疾病的王辉祥在植入左心室辅助器后,身体逐渐康复,并如愿完成工院课程,成为一名医疗仪器工程师。
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