In 2018, nearly 1 in 3 deaths in Singapore was due to cardiovascular diseases, putting it a close second to cancers as the most common cause of death.
Cerebrovascular diseases, such as stroke or aneurysms, made up 6% of deaths in 2018.
Many cardiac disorders can be hereditary. If you have a family member who has suffered from or passed away due to a heart condition, you should make it a point to schedule regular physical examinations.
Inform your doctor of your medical history so he or she can administer or advice on the right type of test to screen for signs and symptoms. Tests may range from non-invasive such as X-rays, exercise stress tests, CT scans or MRIs, or slightly more invasive where blood samples may be drawn for additional testing.
Take note that if you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, where your bad cholesterol levels have overtaken your healthy ones, you should consider changing your lifestyle by exercising more, increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, from fish such as salmon and halibut, and avoiding fatty foods to reduce your risk of getting a heart attack.