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Women’s Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the Number 1 killer of women in Singapore. However in 2009, less than 10% of the women taken part in the Singapore Heart Foundation's Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Survey were aware of this important fact. Further, heart disease in women is not identical to that in men: some conditions affect women more than men (such as diastolic heart failure, apical ballooning syndrome or ‘broken heart syndrome'). Even with the same disease, presenting symptoms may be less obvious in women or the underlying mechanisms may be different, thus posing higher risks to women.

 

The NUHCS offers, for the first time in Singapore, a programme dedicated to women with and at risk of heart disease.

 

The aims of the Women's Heart Health Programme are three-fold:

 

  • Patient care: to provide a comfortable, "one-stop" environment for evaluation and management of their cardiovascular risk factors and conditions, where women can be seen by a female cardiologist and receive integrated care with a dietician, occupational therapist and physiotherapist.
  • Education: to raise awareness of the importance of heart disease in women and form a platform for women's advocacy groups.
  • Research: to provide a potential database for research into cardiovascular disease in women, particularly in Asian women, where data are sorely lacking.

 

The services that the Women's Heart Health Programme offers include:

 

  • Risk Assessment: To identify risk factors for heart disease and for other diseases common to women.
  • Cardiac Diagnostic Evaluation: An integrated approach tailored to unique features of this disease in women.
  • Risk Management: A comprehensive approach accounting for the fact that, despite similar established risk factors in men and women, there are important differences in how strongly they affect women.
  • Specialty Management: Of cardiovascular conditions that affect women more than men.
  • Education: With specific emphasis on healthy cooking and eating, personalized exercise prescription, stress management, smoking cessation, blood pressure and lipid management.

 

The programme is the first in Singapore and modelled after similar well-established and successful clinical programmes in world-renowned centres, such as the Brigham and Women's Hospital for Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic and Vanderbilt Women's Heart Center.