The Importance of Taking Care of Your Heart
The human heart is approximately the size of a clenched fist and serves as one of the vital organs in the human body to sustain life. The heart beats non-stop, second by second for 24 hours a day, to support the entire circulatory system and maintain a constant blood flow to all parts of the body. The continuity of this physiological process replenishes oxygen and circulates nutrients to nourish the tissues and cells in the body.
Given that it is one of the most critical organs responsible for keeping us alive, we must protect our heart to improve quality of life.
It is estimated that over 17.9 million people die from cardiovascular diseases every year, representing 32% of global mortality incidence and making it one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide according as stated by the World Health Organization  .
Who is at Risk?
Several factors come into play when determining whether a person will or will not develop cardiovascular diseases. According to the National Health Service, the factors are :
Common Signs and Symptoms
Different types of cardiovascular diseases require different types of treatments, but many share similar warning signs. Here are the signs and symptoms to look out for according to Gleneagles Hospitals :
What to do During An Emergency?
Cardiovascular emergencies like heart attacks can strike out of the blue, but often, many people have warning signs hours or days in advance.
Whatever the case is, if an emergency occurs, the first thing you need to do is to stay calm. Call for immediate help or dial 999. Remember to drive yourself ONLY if you have no other options.
Loosen tight clothing at the neck, chest and waist. If a prescribed medication is available, take it.
In the event that a person’s breathing stops and you know first aid, immediately begin CPR to keep the blood flowing.
Asia’s Cardiology Hub
Prevention is always better than cure and cardiovascular diseases can be treated when they are detected early. If you or your family members are experiencing the signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease, please seek help from a healthcare provider immediately.
Malaysia has world-class treatment centres that could cater for healthcare travellers seeking for their cardiovascular disease treatment. If you are looking for affordable and accessible treatments, look no further, Malaysia Healthcare is here for you.
Love your heart and book an appointment with Malaysia Healthcare today.
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