Heart disease and stroke combined are the leading cause of death for Singaporean women, killing six times as many women as breast cancer. But how much do you really know about this “silent killer”?
According to a 2019 survey by Manulife for the Singapore Heart Foundation, women are more likely to dismiss symptoms of a heart attack and tend to wait longer than men to seek medical help. In addition, almost half of the respondents (both male and female) rated their knowledge of heart disease as “poor” or “very poor”.
It’s about time we educate ourselves on the realities of heart disease and heart attacks. Here, we look at the latest research about heart health and speak to Clinical Disease and Prevention Unit and cardiologist Associate Professor Melinda Carrington, to see what you can do to improve your odds.