15 Mar '11, 5pm

Singapore's first Women's Heart Health Clinic:

Singapore's first Women's Heart Health Clinic:

SINGAPORE: Heart disease, not breast cancer, is the leading cause of death among Singapore women. One in three here die from cardiovascular disease and stroke. Yet less than 10 per cent of women are aware of this. Compared to men, women have subtler symptoms, such as abdominal pain, jaw or back aches and nausea. The lack of awareness of and resources for heart disease in women has spurred the National University Heart Centre Singapore (NUHCS) to start the first Women's Heart Health Clinic (WHHC) in Singapore. Dr Carolyn Lam, the clinic's programme director and initiator, pointed out that even when women exhibit the same symptoms as men, they respond differently. "Chest pain - 'I must be too stressed'. Neck pain - 'I need a massage'. Breathlessness - 'I'm really out of shape'. Men, however, will think it's a heart problem and see a doctor," she said. It has also been shown ...

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