M’sians run highest risk of heart disease in SEA — Dr Sim
Posted on September 19, 2012, Wednesday
KUCHING: Malaysians top the table in obesity and overweight problem, high blood pressure and diabetes in South East Asia, said cardiologist Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian yesterday.
He said this was revealed in a survey conducted by the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) last year.
Dr Sim also pointed out that while the number of people dying and suffering from heart diseases was increasing, the number of young people suffering from the diseases was increasing at an alarming rate.
He said the youngest patient who died from a heart attack in the state was 24 years old.
“More and more young people are suffering from heart disease and heart related diseases today. The main reason is smoking, followed by unhealthy diet of high cholesterol food.
“It is never too young to get a heart attack and to have heart diseases,” he said.
He also revealed that the Sarawak General Hospital Heart Centre treated nearly 20,000 outpatients last year and the figure had increased by about 10 per cent up to August this year.
According to him, the lack of discipline in maintaining healthy lifestyle had led to the increasing number of heart disease patients.
“Generally people are aware of heart disease danger but they cannot maintain their discipline because of the comfortable and luxurious lifestyle today,” he said yesterday.
He said the most common factors for cardiovascular disease or heart diseases were obesity, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.
People can prevent the risk by going for health screening every year and practising healthy lifestyle, he added.