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In Singapore, with almost one out of three deaths in 2022 attributed to cardiovascular disease, the importance of regular heart check-ups cannot be overstated. This article explores the various heart health screenings available in Singapore, aimed at early detection and prevention of heart diseases.

The Importance of Heart Health Screening

Early detection of cardiovascular disease can be a life-saving measure, turning the tide against the progression of potentially fatal heart conditions. It's a crucial step not just for those at perceived risk, but for everyone, as the early stages of heart disease often go unnoticed without visible symptoms.

Embracing regular check-ups is an essential strategy in the fight against cardiovascular diseases, providing a critical opportunity for early intervention and prevention.

Key risk factors contributing to the rising prevalence of heart diseases in Singapore include:

  • Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices: Diets rich in saturated fats, sodium, and processed foods, combined with sedentary habits, significantly impact heart health.
  • Hypertension: High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and is becoming more common.
  • Diabetes: A condition that significantly raises the risk of various cardiovascular problems.
  • Obesity: Excess body weight is closely linked to heart disease.
  • Aging Population: The risk of heart diseases increases with age, and Singapore's aging population is particularly vulnerable.
  • Smoking: Despite a decline in smoking rates, it remains a significant risk factor for heart disease.
  • Genetic Predispositions: Family history and genetic factors can increase the likelihood of heart conditions.
  • Environmental Factors: Stress and air pollution also contribute to the risk of developing heart diseases.

Through early detection, lifestyle modifications, and medical interventions, we can address the rising prevalence of heart diseases, leading to healthier lives and communities.

Types of Heart Check-Ups Available in Singapore

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a basic, non-invasive test used in heart checkups to monitor the electrical activity of the heart. By attaching electrodes to the skin, this test can help detect some types of heart abnormalities, such as arrhythmias. However, it is important to note that an ECG may not detect all cardiac conditions, such as blocked arteries unless they are causing irregular heartbeats at the time of the test. The procedure is quick and does not require any special preparation, making it a convenient option, although it is often used in conjunction with other tests for a more comprehensive evaluation of heart health.

Treadmill Stress Test

Treadmill machine located at ATA Medical Clinic for Stress Test procedure.

A Treadmill Stress Test evaluates heart health by monitoring the heart's activity during physical exertion. It involves walking on a treadmill, where the intensity gradually increases, while ECG (electrocardiogram) readings are taken. This test helps identify if there's reduced blood flow to the heart, indicating potential heart conditions.

Who Should Consider a Treadmill Stress Test?

This test is particularly recommended for individuals who have symptoms of coronary artery disease, such as chest pain or shortness of breath during exercise, or for those with a family history of heart disease. It's also useful for assessing the effectiveness of treatments in people diagnosed with heart conditions.

Comprehensive Blood Tests

Nurse drawing blood from female patient for blood testing purposes.
Dr Jana Lim of ATA Medical having a consultation session with female patient to discuss her blood test results.
Nurse drawing blood from female patient for blood testing purposes.

Blood tests for heart health can include various markers, including:

  • Lipid profiles (cholesterol levels),
  • C-reactive protein (which indicates inflammation),
  • and blood glucose levels.

These tests provide critical information on factors that may increase the risk of heart disease.

Ultrasound Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT)

Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique used to assess the thickness of the inner layers of the carotid artery walls. It's primarily used to evaluate the presence and progression of atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries. CIMT can help identify individuals at higher risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.

CT Calcium Score Scan

Understanding CT Calcium Score Scans

CT Scan Machine located at ATA Medical (Camden).
Female patient undergoing CT scan procedure.
Female patient undergoing CT scan procedure.

A CT Calcium Score Scan is a non-invasive test that uses computed tomography (CT) to measure the amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. The presence of calcium is an early sign of coronary artery disease, and the amount of calcium scored helps in assessing the risk of heart attack.

The results from a CT Calcium Score Scan can help predict the risk of coronary artery disease and guide individuals and their healthcare providers in taking preventive measures. This could include lifestyle changes or medication to lower the risk of heart disease.

CT Coronary Angiography (CTCA)

CT Coronary Angiography (CTCA) is a non-invasive imaging test that provides detailed images of the heart's blood vessels. It's highly effective in diagnosing coronary artery disease and assessing the severity of any blockages.

Unlike traditional angiography, which involves inserting a catheter into the blood vessels, CTCA is non-invasive and involves much less risk and discomfort. It also provides highly detailed images that can help in the accurate diagnosis and treatment planning for heart disease.

Heart Check Up Costs in Singapore

Test Price*
Consultation $35.00
Apolipoprotein B $30.00
HsCRP $35.00
Lipoprotein (a) $51.00
Fasting Insulin $61.00
Homocysteine $68.00
Essential Lipid Profile: Full Cholesterol Test (Total, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, HDL Ratio) $20.00
Cardiac Screening 3: Essential Lipid Profile + Apolipoprotein B (ApoB) + HsCRP $58.00
Cardiac Screening 4: Cardiac Screening 3 + Homocysteine + Fasting Insulin + Glucose

Note: Fasting is required for accurate results of Fasting Insulin and Glucose.
$158.00
ECG From $45.00
CT Coronary Angiogram From $1220.00
CT Calcium Score From $350.00
Ultrasound Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) Test From $150.00
Health Screening Packages with Blood Tests From $70.00
*Prices are subject to GST.

Where Can I Do the Heart Check Up in Singapore?

ATA Medical is conveniently located at two different locations:

We can also provide home health screening or blood tests at your location at your convenience. Alternatively, you can consider going for our routine and comprehensive health screening packages. Our Royal ($612) and Jewel ($1299), and Marvel ($2100) package have various blood and ultrasound tests bundled with them.

How Do I Book a Heart Check Up Appointment in Singapore?

ATA Medical @ Orchard

Address: 1 Orchard Blvd, #05-09 Camden Medical Centre, Singapore 248649
Nearest MRT: Orchard Boulevard Station (TE13)
Contact Number: 6322 7331
Email: camden@atamed.sg
Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Sat: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun & PH: Closed

ATA Medical @ Tanjong Pagar

Address: 72 Anson Rd, #01-02 Anson House, Singapore 079911
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar Station (EW15)
Contact Number: 6223 0682
Email: hi@atamed.sg
Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Sat: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun & PH: Closed

Takeaway

Given the alarming statistics in Singapore, regular heart screenings play a crucial role in preventing heart diseases. These screenings, ranging from simple blood tests to more detailed imaging like CTCA, can help identify early signs of heart disease, allowing for prompt and effective treatment. Please talk to your doctor to determine the most appropriate tests based on your health profile and risk factors, and take a proactive step towards maintaining heart health.

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