Heart disease has traditionally been more prevalent for those aged 50 and above. However, an increasing number of patients in their 30s have been registered, a trend that cardiologists say is likely due to unhealthy diets, sedentary lifestyles and smoking.
As heart disease has been the no. 1 cause of death in Malaysia for the past 14 years as of 2020, cardiologists are advising the public to get an early screening should they experience any abnormalities with their heart. A total of 50 people died daily due to heart disease in 2018, making up 15.6% of total deaths in the country that year. Heart disease also contributed to a growing number of sudden death cases with no previous symptoms in Malaysia.
If you’re experiencing any or a combination of symptoms such as chest pain that worsens with exertion, breathlessness, heart palpitations, dizziness, nausea or cold sweats, get your heart checked as soon as possible. Early detection of heart disease will ensure it’s treated before conditions worsen. Treating heart disease is important especially during the current pandemic as patients with risk factors including those with hypertension and high cholesterol, are at a high risk of complications and death due to COVID-19.
Treating heart diseases requires regular treatments, and can be quite costly. It’s important to prepare ourselves financially for the medical costs should it hit us. FWD CI First offers protection against critical illnesses, including heart disease, so you can manage the uncertainties with peace of mind. Reach out to our agent today to learn more.