Matters of the Heart
By Meera Murugesan
News Straits Times
NILAI Medical Centre (Nilai Medical) has launched its Your Heart Matters campaign, a 30-minute per day challenge to create awareness about the importance of exercising as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The 30-minute per day challenge comprises a variety of exercises suited to each individual’s preference – whether a 30-minute walk, run, jog or simple exercises such as squats or sit-ups.
The objective is to allow your body to be active and get your heart rate up.
“It is worrying that some of us neglect every possible way to improve our lifestyle. If food intake is not accompanied by any form of exercise, the excess energy is stored as fat in the body. Over time, we are only inviting unwanted complications to our bodies, thus affecting our overall health,” says Nilai Medical chief executive officer, Jasmine Lau.
By making a few changes to our lifestyle, we can reduce our risk of heart disease. It will also improve our quality of life and set a good example for the next generation.
Nilai Medical’s senior dietitian Soh Hui Fang says a healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons to fight heart disease. Whether we are looking to improve our heart health, have already been diagnosed with heart disease, or have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, there are healthy diet tips that can help us better manage heart conditions and lower our risk of a heart attack.
“A healthy meal pattern should include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish and poultry, nuts and legumes, and healthy oils as well as drinking enough water,” says Soh.
Through this campaign, the hospital hopes to improve public knowledge of cardiovascular disease (CVD), drive prevention, diagnosis and control of CVD and most importantly, encourage fellow Malaysians to influence their family and loved ones to start making healthy choices too.
Nilai Medical recently collaborated with Cardiac Vascular Sentral Kuala Lumpur (CVSKL), one of Malaysia’s first private and integrated cardiac and vascular hospitals in the region, to assist in providing medical and surgical treatments including interventional cardiology services and cardiothoracic surgeries.
“Coronary heart diseases have long been the leading cause of death over the years, but we are also seeing patients who are younger with multiple risk factors and an increasing trend of complex cases,” says CVSKL chairman and cardiothoracic surgeon, Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang.
Despite efforts to educate the public on modifiable risk factors, the rate of CVD continues to rise. The level of knowledge and awareness amongst the general public is alarmingly low.