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The HEART Truth Symposium

The HEART Truth Symposium was a great success! 


Thank you to all who joined us. We look forward to having you again at our next event! 





Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Singapore.


How well do you know the heart? The heart is an amazing and vital organ that works hard. During an average lifetime, it beats more than 2.5 billion times, pumping oxygen and blood throughout the body. What happens when this system is disturbed? Is there a difference men and women? What treatments are there today to fix the heart?


Join us at this seminar and hear it from our heart specialists!


Date: Saturday, 21st September 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: The Joyden Hall, Level 7, Bugis+
Website: www.nuhcs.com.sg


Ticket Prices:

$8 Early Bird (Book by 31 Aug 2013)

$10 Regular Price

$15 Event Date (Tickets bought on 21 Sept 2013)

*Tickets are exclusive of $1 ticketing fee


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  • CPR & AED demonstrations
  • Get a free Goodie Bag with each ticket at the end of the symposium


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1:00 pm Door Opens
1:30 pm Opening Introduction
1:55 pm Heart Disease in Women Versus Men 

A/Prof Carolyn Lam
Consultant, Cardiologist, NUHCS
Programme Director, Women’s Heart Health Clinic, NUHCS


Do you believe the myth that heart disease is a man’s disease? Beware: this is a false belief! Heart disease and stroke combined (cardiovascular disease) is the leading cause of death among both women and men in Singapore.


In fact, some cardiovascular conditions affect women more than men. Many go untreated or are misdiagnosed. Crucially, women can experience different symptoms compared to men, and may need specialized tests to make the correct diagnosis. The good news is that prevention of heart disease in both women and men is possible.


This talk will cover sex differences in heart disease, and will aim to answer 3 simple questions: (1) What are the differences?; (2) So what if there are differences – how does this affect female and male patients with heart disease?; (3) Now what can be done to prevent and treat heart disease in women and men?

2:20 pm Understanding Palpitations and Giddiness: A Guide to the Electrical System of the Heart 

Dr Pipin Kojodjojo
Consultant, Cardiologist, NUHCS


Did you know that in an average day, subconsciously we blink 15,000 times and take 17,000 breaths? Over the same period of 24 hours, your heart will beat 100,000 times regularly to a precision of less than 1/100 of a second.


This remarkable achievement is driven by an amazing, often unrecognised electrical system deep within your heart and over the lifespan of a typical Singaporean, the heart will beat more than 3,000,000,000 times. Disturbances to the normal rhythm of the heart are called arrhythmias and can result in symptoms ranging from none to palpitations, giddiness and occasionally as dramatic as sudden death. The science of understanding and treating the cardiac electrical system is known as cardiac electrophysiology.


During this talk, we will discuss what consists an electrically healthy heart, achieve a better understanding of common heart rhythm disturbances and take a glimpse into latest advances in diagnosis and treatments in this rapidly developing field of medicine.

2:45 pm Teabreak
3:10 pm Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI): Past, Present and Future

A/Prof Tan Huay Cheem
Director, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS)
Senior Consultant, Cardiologist, NUHCS


Ever since the advent of PCI (the ‘opening up’ of narrowed heart arteries through skin needle puncture) in 1977 by Dr Andreas Gruentzig which revolutionizes the treatment of coronary artery disease, the technique of percutaneous coronary intervention has undergone tremendous transformation. From balloon angioplasty to the development of various ‘cutting’ devices, coronary stenting (the insertion of tiny metallic scaffold) and biodegradable stent has emerged.


Current PCI emphasized the need for proper evaluation of patients with coronary artery disease before intervention. Gone are the days when operators based their judgement on their subjective visual estimate of the severity of blockages. All blockages of uncertain severity should now be evaluated with state-of-the-art imaging modalities.


The future of interventional cardiology will see its reaches into areas where open heart surgery was previously the only treatment option. This will certainly propel and cement new techniques as choice of therapy for most patients with various cardiac conditions.

3:35 pm Less is more: the era of less invasive heart surgery

A/Prof Theodoros Kofidis
Senior Consultant, Cardiac Surgeon, NUHCS
Head, Division of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Dept of CTVS, NUHCS


Less invasive heart surgery presents a wide range of benefits: less trauma; less scarring, thus, better cosmesis; lowers risk during surgery; shorter duration of operation; reduction in hospitalization stay; possibility in faster recovery etc.


With progress in technologies and research, less invasive techniques are currently available for mitral valve, aortic valve, tricuspid valve, pulmonary valve, arrhythmia, bypass, congenital defect surgery and combinations of the above.


It is a minimal technique, with a maximal impact, providing patients with the option and confidence of gaining similar or better results, with a technique that is less traumatic and invasive. Find out how minimal is minimal. 

4:00 pm Question and Answer
4:30 pm End of Seminar