22 Nov 2016
Titin gene mutations affect heart function in healthy individuals

A new multinational study reveals titin gene mutations affect heart function in healthy individuals. This could imply that around 35 million people globally who carry this gene mutation may be affected. The research paper is published in leading medical journal, Nature Genetics.

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21 Sep 2016
Opening of new women's heart clinic to tackle the rising number of deaths from heart disease

While heart disease claims an equal number of lives among men and women, studies show that heart disease is deadlier in women, often going undiagnosed or undertreated. Despite this fact, many women are unaware that it is a leading cause of death, and are less likely to take precautions.

In light of this, the National Heart Centre Singapore today launched the Women’s Heart Clinic which will offer end-to-end services, from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, customised to the specific needs of women.

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08 Jul 2016
Going to 'Wars' against cancer and heart disease
In a study conducted by Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), researchers discovered a new gene that controls blood vessel formation. This work presents a possible new drug target for cancer and heart disease, and was published in the journal, Nature Communications, on 8 July 2016.
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16 Jun 2016
Multinational heart failure study shows high prevalence of coronary artery disease, hypertension and diabetes in Asian patients
A multinational study involving over 5,000 heart failure patients to determine characteristics and outcomes in Asian patients has shed new light on the prevalence of the three major risk factors for heart failure – coronary artery disease, hypertension and diabetes. The study, led by Associate Professor Carolyn Lam, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National Heart Centre Singapore, found differing risk profiles in heart failure patients depending on their ethnicity and regional income level.

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21 Jan 2016
National Heart Centre Singapore performs Asia's first HeartMate 3 heart assist device implantation
The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) has implanted Asia's first HeartMate 3 heart assist device in a 44-year-old Indian male patient on 9 November 2015. The new device is designed to improve survival, quality of life and outcomes for patients with advanced heart failure. The three-and-a-half-hour surgery performed by the NHCS multi-disciplinary team involved implanting the device next to the patient's weakened heart to help it pump oxygen-rich blood to the rest of his body.

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26 Nov 2015
NHCS brings art into outpatient facility to aid in patients' healing
The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) has introduced art at its 12-storey building to bring smiles to heart patients. A series of paintings and sculptures are displayed at the NHCS outpatient facility to inject a burst of colour into the clinical environment. The art pieces centred on the theme “Life in Colour”, range from the whimsical to the contemplative, with borrowed motifs from nature’s flora and fauna.

“We wanted to brighten up our outpatient facility with splashes of colour to make the patients’ experience more pleasant and interesting. The featured art pieces also complement our healing garden concept at NHCS,” said Adjunct Professor Terrance Chua, Medical Director, NHCS.

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05 Nov 2015
U.S., Asian Registries Combine to Create First Global Diabetes Registry
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is joining with the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) to create a global diabetes registry that will support diabetes and cardiometabolic research and provide new opportunities to improve the quality of care provided to patients around the world.

The joint effort will bring the newly created NHCS Asian Diabetes Outcomes Registry, known as ADORE, into partnership with the Diabetes Collaborative Registry, expanding the ACC-led registry into 12 countries across Asia to create the first global, cross-specialty clinical diabetes registry.
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15 May 2015
National Heart Centre Singapore introduces new minimally invasive way to implant heart assist devices in patients with advanced heart failure
The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) has started a new minimally invasive method to implant a heart assist device in patients with advanced heart failure. NHCS performed the first case in Asia on a Chinese male patient on 24 September 2014. The potential benefits include minimising blood transfusions during surgery, shorter duration on cardiopulmonary bypass to avoid negative effects on the organs, greater ease for subsequent heart transplantation as the breastbone is kept largely intact, and a shorter recovery.

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06 Mar 2015
National Heart Centre Singapore Heart to Heart Gala raises $764,950 for heart patients
Over 300 guests attended the first National Heart Centre Singapore Heart to Heart Gala 2015 on 6 March 2015 at Conrad Centennial Singapore, with Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen as the guest-of-honour. The charity gala raised $764,950 for the NHCS Heart2Heart Fund of which half will go towards patient care such as helping needy patients and programmes that introduce new life-saving treatments to patients. The other half will be channelled to cardiovascular research, driving medical excellence and innovation to provide patients top-quality heart care.

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16 Jan 2015
SAF launches one-stop cardiac screening facility
Second Minister for Defence Mr Chan Chun Sing officiated at the opening ceremony of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Cardiac Fitness Centre (SCFC) this morning. Located within the new 12-storey National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) building, the SCFC is a dedicated one-stop facility that serves pre-enlistees, SAF Regulars and SAF Operationally Ready National Servicemen who have been referred to by SAF Medical Officers to undergo specialised cardiac screening investigations to determine their cardiovascular fitness.
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17 Dec 2014
Professor Stuart Cook conferred the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine
The SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre announced today that the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine has been awarded to Professor Stuart Cook, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology and Distinguished Clinician Scientist of the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), and Director of the National Heart Research Institute Singapore (NHRIS) at NHCS. Prof Cook is also Deputy Program Director of the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Signature Research Program at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Professor of Clinical and Molecular Cardiology at Imperial College, UK. The Professorship recognises Prof Cook as an outstanding clinician and researcher who has demonstrated academic leadership and is a pioneer in advancing the frontiers in cardiovascular medicine.
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25 Sep 2014
Official Opening of National Heart Centre Singapore new building by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) new building was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 25 September 2014. The 50,000 square metres building is a significant boost to NHCS' capacity and capabilities in advancing cardiovascular medicine through patient care, research and education for better delivery of care. Over 37,000 outpatients have been seen at the new site since it relocated and started operations there in March 2014.

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10 Sep 2014
National Heart Centre Singapore achieves global benchmark for advanced IT to improve patient care
National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) has achieved HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 6, an international benchmark for the use of advanced IT to improve patient care. The HIMSS EMRAM is a global standard that measures the use of technology to transform healthcare to improve patient safety, care quality and efficiency. Stage 6, on a scale of 0 to 7, indicates significant IT capabilities. Adjunct Associate Professor Lim Soo Teik, NHCS Deputy Medical Director and Director for Medical Informatics, said: “HIMSS Stage 6 recognises our major transformation into a digital heart hospital that is increasingly paper-less, film-less, chart-less and script-less."

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05 Sep 2014
Official Launch of the National Heart Research Institute Singapore at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2014
The National Heart Research Institute Singapore (NHRIS) was officially launched at the opening ceremony of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress on 5 September 2014 by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. NHRIS is a joint venture between the National Heart Centre Singapore and Duke-NUS, and it aims to lead cardiovascular research in Singapore and the Asian region. NHRIS also received a S$3 million gift from the Tanoto Foundation to further boost their research efforts.

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07 Mar 2014
National Heart Centre Singapore opens at 5 Hospital Drive new building on 10 March 2014
The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) will start seeing patients at the new building located at 5 Hospital Drive (opposite SGH Block 4) from 10 March 2014. Over 400 heart patients have been scheduled for outpatient appointments on the first day of operations. The 12-storey new building will offer a one-stop comprehensive one-stop cardiovascular care for heart patients. These include 38 specialist outpatient clinic rooms and cardiac laboratories for cardiac diagnostic tests.

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