Lifestyle changes can alleviate many risk factors associated with heart disease: Gan
Even as Singapore expands its ability to handle a rising number of heart patients, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Thursday stressed that prevention is better than cure. Lifestyle changes can alleviate many of the risk factors associated with heart disease - the second highest cause of death here, said the Minister in his speech at the 23rd Annual Congress for the Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia.
"With risk factors such as increasingly sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use and poor diet choices, we can expect cardiovascular related diseases to continue as a major health burden," he explained. But healthy living along with regular screening can help to keep a lid on the problem.
"As physicians, you play a pivotal role in encouraging your patients to lead a healthy lifestyle from young," he told the 700 delegates from more than 50 countries attending the four-day congress at Raffles City.
It was a point Mr Gan reiterated when speaking to The Straits Times on the sidelines of the event. "Keeping ourselves healthy will improve the quality of life through preventing, and delaying the onset of chronic diseases and slowing down their progression," he said.