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  • Heart Check: Understanding Your ECG for Better Health

    Unlocking the Secrets of Electrocardiograms for a Stronger Heart Have you ever heard of an ECG? It's like a window into your heart's rhythm, and here in Singapore, where life's always on the go, understanding it can be a game-changer for staying healthy. Think of an ECG as a snapshot of your heart's beat, just like snapping pics of your favourite hawker dishes. It's painless and quick, like tapping your EZ-Link card at the MRT station. You'll be in and out before you know it! What is an ECG? It serves as a critical diagnostic tool, providing a comprehensive analysis of the heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. During an ECG procedure, electrodes are strategically placed on the patient’s arms, legs, and chest. These electrodes are connected to a machine that records the heart’s electrical signals, creating a graphical representation of the heart’s activity. Each heartbeat is initiated by a small electrical impulse in the heart, which travels from the atria to the ventricles. This electrical propagation is precisely what the ECG captures. The graphical output of the ECG, while appearing as complex waveforms to the untrained eye, provides invaluable insights to medical professionals. Any deviation from the expected waveform pattern could indicate potential heart abnormalities. In essence, an ECG offers a rapid and straightforward method for medical professionals to assess cardiac health, playing a pivotal role in maintaining optimal heart function. After your ECG, it's all about keeping that heart happy. Try swapping out some oily treats for heart-healthy snacks, like fresh fruits or a tasty kaya toast without too much butter. And don't forget to get moving – take a stroll around your neighbourhood park or do a little dance to your favourite local tunes! Potential Side Effects Now, you might be wondering if there are any side effects. Well, rest assured, an ECG is super safe. It's like getting a check-up at your neighbourhood clinic – nothing to worry about! It is a safe, non-invasive, and painless test with minimal risks. However, there are a few potential side effects: Skin Irritation Some people may develop a mild rash or skin irritation where the electrodes are attached. This usually goes away without treatment. Allergic Reaction If any paste or gel was used to attach the electrodes, you may have an allergic reaction to it. Tissue Breakdown Prolonged use of the electrodes during an ambulatory ECG can lead to tissue breakdown. Remember, these side effects are quite rare and the test is always conducted under the supervision of healthcare professionals to ensure your safety. If you have any concerns, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before the test. In a nutshell, an ECG is like your heart’s personal diary, jotting down every beat’s story. It’s a simple yet powerful tool, playing detective to spot any hidden issues. So, in the heart health journey, the ECG is our trusty compass, guiding us towards a healthier heartbeat! At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Heartbeat Insights: Your Guide to Understanding Echocardiograms

    Exploring the Role of Echocardiograms in Keeping Your Heart Healthy Ready to dive into the world of echocardiograms? These tests might sound fancy, but they're essential for keeping our hearts in top shape. Join us as we explore what echocardiograms are all about and why they matter so much to us. Imagine an echocardiogram as a friendly chat with your heart. It's like taking a peek inside to see how everything is ticking. We'll walk you through this procedure step by step, using everyday examples like getting a check-up at the doctor's or tuning up your car. By the end, you'll be a pro at understanding what your heart has to say. What to Expect An Echocardiogram, commonly referred to as an "echo," serves as a personal documentary of the heart. This pain-free procedure utilizes sound waves to create animated images of the heart. During the test, a transducer, an instrument, is placed on different areas of the chest and upper abdomen, directing sound waves toward the heart. Aftercare So, you've had your echocardiogram – what's next? First things first, an echocardiogram usually takes less than an hour. That’s less time than it takes to watch your favourite movie! And the best part? If you’ve had a transthoracic echocardiogram, you can get back to your normal routine right away. Now, if you’ve had a transesophageal echocardiogram, you might need to take it easy for a bit longer. You’ll be watched for a few hours after the test, and you’ll need someone with you for the first 24 hours after you leave the clinic. Remember, no driving or operating machinery during this time - safety first! After your echocardiogram, it’s important to keep up with heart-healthy habits. Try to eat whole grains, fruits, and vegetables every day. Limit salt and high-fat foods. And don’t forget to exercise as directed. Your heart will thank you! Potential Side Effects You might be wondering if there are any side effects to worry about. Don't fret – we'll clear up any concerns you have. An Echocardiogram is typically a safe test that checks out your heart. But, like all tests, it can have a few side effects: Transesophageal Echocardiogram This echo involves sliding a probe down your food pipe. It might leave you with a sore throat or, in rare cases, a slight throat injury. Some people might also have a negative reaction to the sedative used during the procedure. Stress Echocardiogram This echo gets your heart pumping either through exercise or medication. It might cause minor issues due to the exercise or the medication used. Remember, every medical procedure carries its own set of risks, which can vary based on your health. It’s always a good idea to chat with your healthcare provider if you have any worries or questions. Echocardiograms may seem complex, but they're crucial for keeping our hearts healthy and happy. From understanding the procedure to knowing what to do afterwards, we've got you covered. Remember, your heart is your most important muscle – let's give it the love and care it deserves. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Running Towards Health: Treadmill ECG

    Exploring the Benefits of Treadmill ECG in Keeping Your Heart Strong The Treadmill ECG is a valuable tool for assessing overall cardiovascular risk, including the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack or stroke within the next five years. While it's not directly responsible for strengthening our heart, it serves as a diagnostic test to provide crucial insights into our heart's condition. Imagine the Treadmill ECG as taking a brisk walk in our local parks, but with the added benefit of being connected to a machine that monitors our heart's response to the activity. It's a straightforward process – we keep moving, and the machine takes care of the rest, offering valuable information about our heart's health. What to Expect During this test, you’ll walk or run on a treadmill while connected to an ECG machine. This machine monitors your heart’s electrical activity as the treadmill’s speed and slope are gradually increased. Every heartbeat generates an electrical signal that travels through your heart, and this journey is what the ECG records. The test reveals how well your heart copes with exertion and can help identify issues that only appear when your heart is working hard. This will aid doctors in evaluating your heart’s health. Aftercare Listen to your body. After the test, you might feel a bit tired, especially if you don’t usually exercise. But don’t worry, this is normal. Just take it easy and rest if you need to. Once the test is done successfully, you can return to your daily activities and diets, unless instructed otherwise. You should be able to continue day-to-day activities with ease. After your Treadmill ECG, it’s important to keep up with heart-healthy habits. Try to eat whole grains, fruits, and vegetables every day. Limit salt and high-fat foods. And don’t forget to exercise as directed. Potential Side Effects Worried about feeling dizzy or tired during the Treadmill ECG? Don't stress! We'll chat about common concerns and clear up any worries, so you can stride into your check-up with confidence. A Treadmill ECG is a routine and safe procedure, but like all medical tests, it has a few potential side effects. These include: Unusual heart rhythm - This is very rare, happening less than 0.2% of the time. Heart attack - This is extremely rare, with a 0.1% chance. Death - This is also extremely rare, with a 0.1% chance. Falling Chest discomfort Feeling out of breath, dizzy, or faint Heart not pumping well Muscle or joint injury Please remember, that these side effects are rare. The test is always conducted under the watchful eyes of healthcare professionals to ensure your safety. If you have any worries, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before the test. They’re there to help and make sure you’re comfortable with the process. And that’s it, folks! Taking care of your heart doesn’t have to be complicated. With a little knowledge and the right care, you can keep your heart beating strong. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Keeping Your Heart in Check: Exploring Holter Monitoring

    Understanding How Holter Monitoring Supports Heart Health The human heart, a marvel of biological engineering, beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping blood throughout our bodies. But what happens when this vital organ doesn’t behave as it should? Enter the Holter Monitor, a small, wearable device that keeps a watchful eye on your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity. Just like tracking your steps with a fitness app. What to Expect During the Holter monitoring test, slim wires, known as leads, are stuck to your chest using adhesive patches called electrodes. These electrodes pick up your heart’s electrical signals and send them to the monitor. As you go about your day, the monitor keeps track of your heart’s rhythm and speed, giving a detailed view of how your heart responds to various activities. You’re also encouraged to keep a journal during the test, jotting down your daily tasks and any unusual feelings you might have. This helps doctors link your heart’s activity with your symptoms and activities, providing a more complete understanding of your heart’s health. Aftercare After completing a Holter monitor test, there are a few easy steps you can follow to ensure your comfort and the accuracy of the results: Monitor Removal Once the test concludes, you’ll either visit the clinic for the monitor’s removal, or you’ll take it off yourself. Device Caution While wearing the monitor, steer clear of certain devices like electric razors, toothbrushes, and microwaves. Also, keep cellphones and music players at least 6 inches away from the Holter monitor. Comfortable Attire Opt for loose and comfortable clothing on the arm. Activity Limitations Avoid heavy-duty activities involving the arm, such as sports or heavy lifting. Managing Discomfort If your arm feels uncomfortable or swollen, elevate it and apply ice over the site for 10 minutes. Always remember, your doctor’s specific aftercare instructions are paramount. If you have any concerns or queries, don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider. They’re there to help you every step of the way. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Inside Your Veins: Understanding the Power of Blood Tests

    A Simple Guide to the Importance of Blood Tests for Your Health Today, let's talk about something that flows through all of us – blood. Blood tests might sound a little scary, but they're like getting a health report card. Knowing what's in your blood can make a big difference in how you feel every day. Blood tests are an essential tool that doctors use to evaluate the functioning of various organs in your body. They can help identify a wide range of health conditions, monitor chronic illnesses, assess the performance of your organs, and determine the strength of your immune system. Regular blood testing is one of the most effective ways to keep track of your overall physical well-being. What to Expect If you're going for a blood draw, it is essential to understand if there are any special instructions you need to follow before the test. For instance, some tests may require you to fast for a particular duration, while others may not require you to do so. Drinking ample water before your appointment can make your veins more accessible and plumper. When you go for a blood draw, the person performing the procedure will ask you to expose one of your arms. They will then place a tight elastic band, known as a tourniquet, around your arm to make the veins back up with blood and be easier to identify. The healthcare professional will then clean the targeted vein with an alcohol pad or other cleansing method. The needle will be connected to special tubing or a syringe to collect blood. After the blood is collected, the needle will be removed, and gentle pressure with a gauze or bandage will be applied to prevent further bleeding. Aftercare Once your blood test is completed, you will usually be provided with cotton wool or a plaster to cover the area where the blood was taken. It is important to leave the dressing strip in place for about 30 minutes to an hour. This will assist in preventing any further bleeding. Please keep in mind the following instructions for the rest of the day after your blood test: Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing on the arm that was used for the test. If bleeding occurs, apply firm pressure with your fingers directly over the needle site. Avoid any strenuous use of the arm, such as sports or heavy lifting. If you experience discomfort or swelling of the arm, elevate it and place ice over the site for 10 minutes. Rest the arm as much as possible. Remember to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs. It's rare, but some people may experience mild discomfort or notice a bruise, which typically resolves within a few days. If you experience any problems after your blood test, please check in with the doctor who ordered your test. A blood test is more than just a prick on your arm. It’s a window into the health of your body, a tool that helps your healthcare provider monitor your well-being. So, the next time you roll up your sleeve for a blood test, you’ll know exactly what’s happening and why. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Making Sense of Your Special Medical Report

    Making Medical Reports Understandable for Everyone Ever received a Specialist Medical Report and felt lost in the jumble of words? In our everyday hustle and bustle here in Singapore, understanding these reports is vital for our well-being. Join us as we embark on this journey to decode and break down specialist medical reports, empowering you to take control of your health. What’s in a Report? A Special Medical Report is a document that your doctor writes after a thorough examination or a special test. It contains details about your health condition, the tests you’ve undergone, and the results. It might seem confusing at first, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you understand it. Medical reports often contain complex terms. But once you know what they mean, they’re not so scary. For example, ‘Hypertension’ simply means high blood pressure. And ‘Hyperglycemia’? That’s just a fancy word for high blood sugar. Your report will likely contain lots of numbers. These are usually test results. While the exact meaning can vary, higher or lower than normal values could indicate a potential health issue. But remember, only your doctor can accurately interpret these numbers in the context of your overall health. Last but not least, doctor's notes. Your doctor gives their interpretation of the results. They might also include recommendations for treatment or lifestyle changes. These notes are crucial, as they provide a roadmap for your health journey. Remember, understanding your Special Medical Report is an important step in taking charge of your health. But you’re not alone in this. Your healthcare provider is there to help. Don’t hesitate to ask them any questions you might have. Decoding your Special Medical Report doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little knowledge and the right guidance, you can be an active participant in your health care. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Heart Health in High Definition: The Power of CT Coronary Angiograms

    Understanding the Role of CT Coronary Angiograms in Heart Wellness A CT Coronary Angiogram is a powerful diagnostic tool that has revolutionised the way we understand and treat heart disease. In this blog post, we will delve into what a CT Coronary Angiogram is, how it works and what to expect during a procedure. It is a medical imaging test that makes use of a high-powered X-ray machine to produce detailed images of the heart and its blood vessels. This non-invasive procedure enables doctors to examine the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle in detail. A CT Coronary Angiogram is a less invasive diagnostic test as compared to a traditional angiogram. In a traditional angiogram, a catheter is inserted through the groin or arm, which is then moved up to the heart or coronary arteries. On the other hand, a CT Coronary Angiogram involves the injection of a contrast dye through an IV, which is usually placed in the arm or hand. The main purpose of a CT Coronary Angiogram is to examine the heart's blood vessels for any blockages or narrowing, which is medically known as coronary artery disease. This test provides a clear picture that can assist doctors in diagnosing heart conditions, planning treatments, and evaluating the risk of heart disease. What to Expect The procedure is typically performed in the radiology department of a hospital or outpatient imaging facility. Before the procedure, a beta blocker medication may be administered to slow your heart rate down, which will provide clearer images on the CT scan. During the procedure, a dye called contrast will be injected into a vein, usually in the arm. This dye highlights the coronary arteries, making them visible on the CT scan. The CT scanner then takes a series of X-ray images, which are compiled to create a detailed, cross-sectional view of the heart. Potential Side Effects Although CT Coronary Angiograms are generally safe, they do carry potential side effects and risks. Here are some of the most common ones: Allergic Reaction to the Contrast Dye Some people may be allergic to the contrast dye used in the procedure. It's important to inform your healthcare provider before the procedure if you have a history of allergies. Kidney Problems The contrast dye used in the procedure can cause kidney problems, especially in patients who have a history of kidney issues. Radiation Exposure A CT Coronary Angiogram involves radiation exposure. The amount of radiation varies depending on the type of machine used. Pregnant women should not have a CT angiogram due to potential harm to the unborn child. Nausea, Vomiting, and Dizziness Some patients may experience nausea, vomiting, and dizziness during or after the procedure. Headache Some patients may experience a headache from the medication given during the procedure. Bleeding or Infection There is a small risk of bleeding or infection at the site of the injection. Understanding the function and importance of a CT Coronary Angiogram is crucial in the modern healthcare landscape. This non-invasive, highly effective diagnostic tool plays a vital role in diagnosing and treating heart disease. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Understanding Your Heart: CT Calcium Scoring

    The Role of CT Calcium Scoring in Cardiovascular Risk Assessment The CT Calcium Score, a non-invasive diagnostic tool, is revolutionising our understanding of heart health. This test uses advanced imaging technology to detect calcium deposits in the heart’s arteries, providing a glimpse into the state of one’s cardiovascular health. A high score could indicate a higher risk of heart disease. Let’s delve deeper into the importance of the CT Calcium Score and how it’s shaping the future of cardiac care. A CT Calcium Score is a type of X-ray that checks for calcium in the arteries of your heart. The presence of calcium indicates mature calcified coronary plaques, which is a mixture of calcium and fat. This buildup of plaque, also known as atherosclerosis, can narrow the arteries and reduce blood flow to the heart. CT Calcium Score predicts heart problems by measuring the amount of calcium in arteries. A high score suggests heart disease. It detects coronary artery disease early before symptoms, enabling timely treatment. If a person has a moderate risk of heart disease, a CT Calcium Score can provide valuable information about their heart health. The risk of heart disease can be influenced by various factors such as age, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking habits, and gender. What to Expect The CT Calcium Score test is a quick and non-invasive procedure that is typically performed in the radiology department of a hospital or outpatient imaging facility. The entire procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but the CT scan itself only takes a few minutes. During the test, you will be asked to lie flat on your back with your arms positioned above your head. Four monitoring wires will be placed on your chest to synchronise the scan with your heart's motion. To ensure clear images, you will be asked to hold still and briefly hold your breath while you are moved through the scanner. The CT scan uses a special type of X-ray to take pictures of your heart's arteries. The images are used to detect any calcium deposits in the arteries, and the amount of calcium detected is then calculated to produce a score. This score can help doctors assess your risk of developing coronary artery disease. If your score is high, indicating a greater amount of calcium and a higher risk of heart disease, your doctor will discuss the next steps with you. These next steps may include making lifestyle changes, taking medication, or undergoing further testing. Lifestyle changes may involve improving your diet, increasing physical activity, quitting smoking, or managing stress. If medication is recommended, it could be to lower cholesterol, control blood pressure, or prevent blood clots. Since the test is a non-invasive medical procedure. You can typically go home immediately after the test, and you may experience some minor side effects like nausea or dizziness, which should subside quickly. Potential Side Effects While they are generally safe, it's important to be aware of the potential side effects and risks associated with CT Calcium Scores, some of the most common risks include: Allergic Reaction to the Contrast Dye Some people may have an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the procedure. If you have a history of allergies, it's important to inform your healthcare provider before the procedure. Radiation Exposure A CT Calcium Score involves radiation exposure. The amount of radiation exposure varies depending on the type of machine used. Pregnant women should not have a CT Calcium Score due to potential harm to the unborn child. Nausea, Vomiting, and Dizziness Some patients may experience nausea, vomiting, and dizziness during or after the procedure. Bleeding or Infection There is a small risk of bleeding or infection at the site of the injection. It's important to note that a CT Calcium Score scan is a quick and painless procedure that does not require the injection of contrast material. Also, no radiation remains in a patient's body after a cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring scan. Finally, X-rays used in standard CT scans have no immediate side effects. In conclusion, the CT Calcium Score is a powerful, non-invasive diagnostic tool that provides valuable insights into one’s heart health. It allows doctors to visualise the coronary arteries and detect any calcium deposits, which can be indicative of plaque buildup. Understanding the potential side effects, procedures, and aftercare associated with a CT Calcium Score can help patients feel more prepared and at ease. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • A Closer Look at Your Heart: What to Expect from a Cardiac MRI

    Navigating the Intricacies of Cardiac Imaging for Better Heart Health Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which is also known as cardiovascular MRI, is a diagnostic tool that is used to evaluate the structure and function of the cardiovascular system in a non-invasive manner. In this blog post, we will explore the world of Cardiac MRI, including its uses, the procedure involved, and its significance in modern medicine. A Cardiac MRI is a medical imaging test that uses a combination of magnetic field and radio frequency waves to produce detailed images of the heart and arteries. This test provides high-quality images of the heart's chambers, muscles, and valves, and evaluates how well blood flows through them. Cardiac MRI is usually recommended for individuals with complex or advanced heart conditions. It can diagnose various heart conditions such as tissue damage from a heart attack, reduced blood flow in the heart muscle, inflammation in the myocardium, heart valve disorders, and many more. What to Expect The Cardiac MRI procedure is typically performed in a hospital or an outpatient imaging facility. During the test, you will be asked to lie flat on your back with your arms positioned above your head. Four monitoring wires will be placed on your chest to synchronise the scan with your heart motion. You will be asked to hold still and briefly hold your breath while images are taken as you are moved through the scanner. After the procedure, you can usually go home immediately. You may experience some minor side effects such as nausea or dizziness, but these should subside quickly. Side Effects Cardiac MRIs are generally safe, but like any medical procedure, they do come with potential side effects and risks. Below are some of the most common risks associated with the procedure: Allergic Reaction to the Contrast Dye Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the procedure. If you have a history of allergies, it's important to inform your healthcare provider before the procedure. Radiation Exposure Unlike a CT scan, an MRI does not use ionising radiation. It's considered a safer alternative for everyone, including pregnant women. Nausea, Vomiting, and Dizziness Some patients may experience nausea, vomiting, and dizziness during or after the procedure. Bleeding or Infection There is a small risk of bleeding or infection at the site of the injection. Claustrophobia If you are claustrophobic or have a hard time in enclosed spaces, you may feel uncomfortable in the MRI machine. Your doctor may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to help with your discomfort. In conclusion, Cardiac MRI is a powerful tool in the realm of heart health, providing detailed images that can help diagnose a variety of heart conditions. Its non-invasive nature and high-resolution imaging capabilities make it an invaluable resource for both doctors and patients. As we continue to advance in medical technology, the role of Cardiac MRI in diagnosing, monitoring, and managing heart health will only become more significant. Remember, understanding our heart is the first step towards taking care of it. Stay informed, stay healthy! At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Unlocking Heart Health: Your Guide to Coronary Angiogram & Angioplasty

    Navigating Heart Procedures with Confidence and Understanding When it comes to heart health, two procedures often come up: Coronary Angiogram and Angioplasty. But what are they? Let’s break it down together. A Coronary Angiogram is a test that uses dye and special X-rays to show the insides of your coronary arteries. It helps doctors see if there’s a blockage in your arteries that could be causing chest pain or a heart attack. A small tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in your arm or groin. The catheter is guided to your heart, and a dye is injected through the catheter. X-ray images are taken to see if there’s a blockage. Angioplasty is a procedure used to open blocked heart arteries. It can improve blood flow to your heart, relieve chest pain, and possibly prevent a heart attack. What to Expect Before either procedure, you’ll be asked to lie down on an examination table. You’ll be connected to an ECG machine that monitors your heart during the procedure. A small tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in your arm or groin. The catheter is guided to your heart, and a dye is injected through the catheter. X-ray images are taken to see if there’s a blockage in your arteries. If a blockage is found during the angiogram, an angioplasty may be performed. A tiny balloon on the end of the catheter is inflated to push the blockage aside and restore blood flow. Sometimes, a small metal coil called a stent is placed to keep the artery open. After the procedure, you’ll be monitored closely to make sure there are no complications. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight, and you’ll be given instructions on how to care for yourself at home. Side Effects Although coronary angioplasty and stenting procedures are generally safe, there are potential side effects and risks that should be considered. Below are some of the most common ones: 1. Re-narrowing of the Artery This is more likely to occur without a stent. Stents coated with medicine have a lower risk of narrowing. 2. Blood Clots Blood clots can form within stents and close the artery, leading to a heart attack. 3. Bleeding or Infection Bleeding, bruising, or infection may occur at the catheter insertion site. 4. Heart Attack Severe tissue damage or death from heart attacks are rare. 5. Coronary Artery Damage During coronary angioplasty and stenting, the coronary artery may be torn or ruptured. 6. Kidney Injury The risk is higher when other conditions already affect kidney function. 7. Stroke This is a rare but serious side effect. While coronary angiogram and angioplasty are effective in diagnosing and treating heart diseases, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects. If you or a loved one is considering these procedures, discuss these risks with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision. Remember, every medical procedure comes with its own set of risks and benefits. It’s crucial to weigh these against each other and against the potential consequences of not undergoing the procedure. Your healthcare team will guide you through this process, ensuring you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your health. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Heart Screening & Preventive Cardiology

    Early Detection for a Healthier Heart Heart Screening and preventive cardiology are important for maintaining good heart health. They consist of a series of tests and measures designed to detect and prevent heart diseases at an early stage. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of heart screening and preventive cardiology. What is Heart Screening? Heart screening, which is also known as cardiac screening, refers to a series of tests that are conducted to detect any possible conditions related to heart function. These tests are usually carried out before any symptoms develop and are meant to identify potential cardiac issues as a preventive measure. A comprehensive heart screening would involve measuring your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels, and asking questions about your health status. When combined with a treadmill ECG, this can help determine your future risk of cardiovascular disease and enable us to create tailored preventive strategies accordingly. What is Preventive Cardiology? Preventive Cardiology is a field of medicine that focuses on preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. This involves managing your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels effectively. Adopting a healthy lifestyle through practices such as including enough fruits and vegetables in your diet and regular exercise is highly recommended. In case these measures don't work, we may need to use medications to help control your cardiovascular risk factors. Why are Heart Screening and Preventive Cardiology Important? Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death across the world. However, early detection through heart screening can significantly prevent complications such as heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and artery disease by providing timely treatment. Preventive cardiology can also help minimise the risk of serious ailments like heart attack and stroke from occurring in the first place. Heart screening and preventive cardiology are essential to maintain a healthy heart. They offer valuable insights into cardiovascular health, helping diagnose and treat various heart conditions. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

  • Chronic Cardiac Condition Management

    Continuous Care for Heart Wellness Chronic heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and valvular heart disease, are quite common in our society. However, with proper lifestyle measures and medical care, patients can live a long and satisfying life. In this blog post, we will explore the management of chronic heart conditions in detail. What is Chronic Cardiac Condition Management? Management of chronic heart conditions involves regular follow-ups, lifestyle modifications, and medication management. Lifestyle Modifications Lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes, including salt and fluid restrictions, as well as regular exercise, are often the primary treatments for managing chronic cardiac conditions. Medication Management Medication management plays a vital role in managing chronic cardiac conditions. For instance, patients with atrial fibrillation may need to take appropriate blood thinning agents to reduce the risk of stroke. Similarly, patients suffering from heart failure usually require long-term medications to preserve and maintain their heart function. Regular Follow-ups Regular follow-ups are necessary for chronic cardiac conditions to monitor and adjust the patient's treatment plan. Advanced Therapies In more advanced cases, some patients may require additional medical procedures to optimise the functioning of their hearts. These procedures may include the installation of special pacemakers in the heart to improve heart function, particularly for patients who are most likely to benefit from it. In very rare cases, patients may be considered for open heart surgery to implant an accessory pump known as a Left Ventricular Assist Device or a heart transplant. Heart cardiac conditions are a complex process that involves a range of approaches, including lifestyle changes, medication management, regular check-ups, and sometimes advanced therapies. With proper management, individuals with chronic cardiac conditions can maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice and information. At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.

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