Heart failure is a condition characterised by shortness of breath, effort intolerance and fluid retention, secondary to dysfunction of the heart muscles. This dysfunction can be a result of poor contraction strength of the heart muscles, or failure of adequate muscle relaxation.
Singapore is seeing an ever-increasing number of patients living with heart failure. This is due to our aging population, as well as high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in our population (e.g. hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity). Chronic heart failure is a disease of high morbidity and mortality. Patients are often very symptomatic, requiring recurrent hospitalisation episodes. They also have impaired lifespans, due to this condition.
The treatment for heart failure is often prolonged and complex. In the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS), our Heart Failure Programme believes in a multi-disciplinary approach towards heart failure management. We provide end-to-end care for our patients, taking care of them through their entire heart failure journey.
Together with our partners, NUHCS Heart Failure Programme serves as a tertiary referral centre for the diagnosis and management of patients with heart failure and cardiomyopathies (heart muscle diseases). We are also active in heart failure/ cardiomyopathy research, on top of providing training opportunities for cardiologists interested in a further career in heart failure.
In addition, this programme offers: