Heart Stroke – The Second Most Common Disease in Singapore

Recently a study was published that shared the information that people in Singapore are not really aware of the symptoms of heart stroke, despite the fact that heart stroke is the second most common ailment in Singapore, amongst people aged 65 or more.

Following are some symptoms that can help you identify heart stroke or Angina in its early stages and seek medical help. Many people think that the heart stroke is always sudden, and the entire thing takes seconds in taking place, but that’s not always the case. Needless to say, the sooner you can go to some doctor or hospital, the better.

  • To start with the most common symptom, that is discomfort, pain, or squeezing in the chest area, usually in the center of the chest.
  • Discomfort or pain in other parts, especially the neck, arms, or jaws
  • Slurred speech, face drooping
  • Difficulty in breathing, nausea, Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Feeling of weakness in arm
  • Fatigue

Some of these symptoms might be there even days before the heart stroke. And even though, there can be several reasons for these symptoms, it is better to get in touch with some doctor and get yourself properly examined. For Singapore, the helpline for heart stroke cases is 995, and the doctors also suggest taking an aspirin, lying still, and being calm as the ambulance or medical help approaches.

And knowing that heart stroke is a common disease in Singapore, we must follow healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise routine to reduce the risk. Following are some general tips to help …

Control your weight, obesity will lead to so many health problems, and heart disease is one of them

Quit smoking if you are into smoking. Also cut down on alcohol consumption

Keep your blood pressure in check

Focus more on vegetables and fruits, instead of fatty, processed, or fast food. Drink lots of water and avoid soda drinks, etc.

Take exercise, running is a great exercise to keep yourself healthy, if you can’t do jogging because of some reasons, you should at least go for a walk on daily basis

It’s easier said than done, but learn to cope with day to day stress. Go to bed early and take a full 7 – 8 hour sleep.

In short, a healthy heart is not possible without following a healthy lifestyle. You can just take a couple of pills and expect your body to function properly.