Thursday, 8 September 2016

S’poreans face heart failure 10 years before Westerners

Singaporeans suffer from heart failure at the average age of 61, about 10 years earlier than Americans and Europeans, a study on Asian patients has found.

Singaporeans also have a higher prevalence of coronary artery disease, hypertension and diabetes – the three most common diseases that lead to heart failure – compared to Asians as a whole, Americans and Europeans.

In Singapore, 58 per cent of 1,066 patients in the study had diabetes, compared to 40 per cent both in Asia and the United States, and 33 per cent in Europe.

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