Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is very prevalent in the community especially among the aging population. One of the dreaded complications of atrial fibrillation is stroke as there is a higher chance of a clot forming in the heart because of this condition. Due to the fact that a clot formation in the heart may dislodge to the brain causing a stroke, atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for stroke. One of the therapies for reducing the risk of stroke would be to initiate on an appropriate blood thinning agent to thin the blood and reduce the risk of stroke formation.

As atrial fibrillation may be uncomfortable due to irregular heart rate, we may also offer several strategies to try to ease the discomfort from an irregular heart rate. These may involve medications or minimally invasive procedures.

Valvular heart disease

Our heart has valves which help the blood flow in one direction without backflow. Valvular heart disease can affect one or more valves and affect function. These are usually picked up incidentally by a healthcare practitioner who picks up a heart murmur on auscultation. The diagnosis of valvular heart disease can often be confirmed by echocardiography. Echocardiography may also be used to determine the haemodynamic effects the disease has on the cardiovascular system. Regular follow-up is often needed for valvular heart disease and prompt intervention at the right timing may help preserve cardiac function. These conditions often requires regular follow-up as definitive treatment would involve a heart valve surgery or procedure to fix the valve.

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease has a high burden in our society. However, patients with coronary artery disease can still lead long and fulfilling lives with good lifestyle and medical management. This includes patients who may have recently suffered a heart attack. Good lifestyle measures and good medications are crucial to them leading healthy and active lives after a heart attack.

Heart failure

Heart failure is caused by the failure of the heart muscle to pump adequately to meet the demands of the body. Patients with heart failure usually have symptoms such as shortness of breath on walking and on lying down, leg swelling and feeling tired in general. The first line therapy of heart failure usually involves diet modifications such as salt restriction and fluid restriction. These patients also require long term medications to preserve and maintain their heart function. In advanced cases, these patients may need further procedures to optimise the function of their hearts. These may involve putting in special pacemakers in the heart to boost the function of the heart for patients most likely to benefit from it. In very rare instances, these patients may even be considered for open heart surgery to implant an accessory pump into their hearts called a Left Ventricular Assist Device or a heart transplant.

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