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7
Jul
2020

久坐危害健康 少坐多动胜于短暂运动 (Prolonged sitting has a negative impact on one’s health - sit less and move more instead of short exercises)

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​Dr Yeo Tee Joo, Consultant at the Department of Cardiology, NUHCS, highlighted that many recent studies involving large populations has outlined the dangers of prolonged sitting and sedentary behaviour.  He mentioned the longer the duration of continuous sitting, or the more time spent sitting in total, the higher the risk of death. The risks of many chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer, is associated with prolonged sitting.  

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16
Jun
2020

你了解外周血管病吗 (Do you understand peripheral vascular disease?)

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​Commentary by Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Senior Consultant and Director, NUHCS, highlighted the symptoms and risk factors for peripheral vascular disease (PVD), and noted that early detection and holistic intervention can help prevent or lessen the progress of PVD.

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7
Jun
2020

新加坡心脏基金 几代人耕耘贴心半世纪 (SHF: Generations of hard work at the heart of a 50-year endeavour)

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In-depth interview with Professor Tan Huay Cheem, Director of NUHCS and Chairman of the Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) outlines the achievements of SHF over the past 50 years, as it celebrated its anniversary in April 2020.  As the head of both NUHCS and SHF, Prof Tan noted that there are synergistic partnerships between the two organisations, which enhance rehabilitation services, public education and preventive care research.  

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1
Jun
2020

No link between Covid-19 risk and hypertension drugs

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Chairman of Singapore Heart Foundation, who is also Director of NUHCS, shared it is important for those with hypertension to maintain normal blood pressure during the pandemic. He said about 20% of Covid-19 patients in Singapore had pre-existing hypertension.  Among the 23 deaths so far, 10 patients aged between 60 and 86 were reported to have a history of hypertension.  Hypertension can result in complications such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, chronic kidney failure, abnormal heart rhythms and stroke, which can worsen the general health and immunity of Covid-19 patients, especially the elderly, he added.
 
In another article on – “Blood clots and Covid-19”, he said that coronavirus are well known to increase blood coagulability. This means blood clots tend to form more easily within the circulatory system with serious complications.  In deep vein thrombosis, a clot forms in a vein deep in the body, often in the leg.  If the clot travels to the lung, it could cause a pulmonary embolism – blocking of a major blood vessels and gangrenous toes.  He emphasised the importance of monitoring Covid-19 patients for such potential complications.

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26
May
2020

冠状动脉介入治疗 历史回顾及未来展望 (Percutaneous coronary intervention – a historical look back and future prospects)

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​Commentary by Professor Tan Huay Cheem, Director and Senior Consultant, NUHCS, noted that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has developed tremendously in Singapore since it was first introduced in 1984.  Prof Tan outlined the historical developments of PCI and noted that specialists in Singapore are at the forefront of clinical and research advances in PCI treatment, leading to extended lifespan and better quality of life for patients.   

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18
May
2020

A patient’s Covid-19 journey; Success stories keep these specialists going

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ST highlighted an interview with Associate Professor Graeme MacLaren, Senior Consultant and Director of the Cardiothoracic ICU, NUHCS; Dr Kollengode Ramanathan, Senior Consultant at the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, NUHCS and Dr Jyoti Somani, Senior Consultant with the Division of Infectious Diseases, NUH on the different forms of treatment a patient with COVID-19 might go through.  The specialists also shared their personal experience in caring for COVID-19 patients, especially critically ill ones such as Mr Toh Kai Kiat, who was put on ECMO treatment and eventually recovered after a 42-day stay in hospital.
 
Tamil Murasu also featured an interview with Dr Kollengode Ramanathan, noting that he played a critical role in Mr Toh’s recovery.  


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12
May
2020

Main peranan genting selamatkan nyawa pesakit Covid-19 (Playing a critical role in saving the lives of Covid-19 patients)

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​Mr Muhammad Fadhli Hakim Mohd Nassir, a perfusionist who was part of the medical team that played a critical role in saving the life of Mr Toh Kai Kiat, the first COVID-19 patient to be placed on ECMO in NUH. Assistant Professor Kollengode Ramanathan, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) explained the ECMO process and noted that it was great to see patients recover and return home from the hospital.

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11
May
2020

Pregnant and having heart disease

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​Assistant Professor Low Ting Ting (Consultant, Department of Cardiology and Programme Director of the Women’s Heart Health Programme) pointed out that the rising trend in maternal heart disease, and explained why mothers and expecting women should seek help early to mitigate their cardiac risks.

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3
May
2020

His heart stopped beating for 16 minutes

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A 54-year-old patient, Mr Toh Kai Kiat, was the first Covid-19 NUH patient who was on ECMO life support to be discharged, making a full recovery from Covid-19 after being hospitalised for 42 days.
 
The Straits Times highlighted that A/Prof Graeme MacLaren, Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Professor Kollengode Ramanathan, Senior Consultant at the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at NUHCS, lead the only ELSO-accredited ECMO training programme in Singapore. Lianhe Zaobao noted that Dr MacLaren saying that ECMO has been used by NUH for about 20 years, with increased deployment during H1N1. There was 46 ECMO cases in NUH last year. The use of ECMO for COVID-19 patients is receiving worldwide attention, although there is still little data and experience on this. Dr Jyoti Somani added that there are still a lot of unknowns with COVID-19.  ZB also noted comments by Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Director of NUHCS that the recovery of Mr Toh was not a miracle but the outcome of the medical team’s hard work.  

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27
Apr
2020

心脏基金提供线上指导 协助心脏病患 (Singapore Heart Foundation provides online guidance to help heart disease patients)

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​Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Senior Consultant and Director of the National University Heart Centre, Singapore noted that in US and Europe, there are reports that patients with acute myocardial infarction are avoiding hospital visits due to the COVID-19 situation.  While there are currently no such cases observed in Singapore, Prof Tan noted that individuals experiencing heart attacks should seek treatment immediately and not worry about visiting the hospital as there are preventive measures in place to protect patients against COVID-19.

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24
Mar
2020

Antithrombotic drugs: The difference between antiplatelets and anticoagulants

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A commentary by Professor Tan Huay Cheem, Director, NUHCS, highlighting the key differences between antiplatelets and anticoagulants, which are medicines that can reduce blood clots.  He noted that they come with different side effects and risk of haemorrhage, and patients should heed their physician’s advice when using them.  

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23
Mar
2020

We need to find a cure for fake medical news

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem, ​Director NUHCS, contributed an article on how physicians, medical experts and scientists need to combat the effects of fake medical news in this era of information overload. He cited an example of a patient who decided to stop taking statin medication without seeking medical advice due to online claims of serious and irreversible side effects. Prof Tan added that transparency and clear communication to patients are critical in maintaining trust between medical professionals and the public. As the epidemic of fake medical news is here to stay, everyone in the medical and healthcare system has a role to play to rein it in.

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23
Mar
2020

We need to find a cure for fake medical news

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem, ​Director NUHCS, contributed an article on how physicians, medical experts and scientists need to combat the effects of fake medical news in this era of information overload. He cited an example of a patient who decided to stop taking statin medication without seeking medical advice due to online claims of serious and irreversible side effects. Prof Tan added that transparency and clear communication to patients are critical in maintaining trust between medical professionals and the public. As the epidemic of fake medical news is here to stay, everyone in the medical and healthcare system has a role to play to rein it in.

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22
Mar
2020

医生:心脏病患染冠病 出现并发症和死亡率较高 (Patients with a history of hearts diseases should take caution against Covid-19 due to higher risks)

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem gave expert comments in his capacity as Chairman of Singapore Heart Foundation on how Covid-19 poses a greater risk to patients with heart diseases. He explained that most people with heart conditions are elderly patients and their immunity against Covid-19 is lower compared to others. Singapore reported its first two Covid-19 deaths on 21 March 2020, and both patients had past histories of heart diseases.

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10
Mar
2020

两类非寻常的心梗 (Two types of unusual myocardial infarction)

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​ZB LOHAS commentary by NUHCS Director Professor Tan Huay Cheem highlighted two uncommon types of myocardial infarction – spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – and their risk factors.  

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