Coronary Disease in Malaysia & Main Risk Factors
Steady Increase In Malaysians Who Smoke – Many At Risk Of Coronary Disease
• Smoking Tobacco
The MalayMail (a local Malaysian Newspaper) reported that as at July 2010 there are 4 million smokers in Malaysia.
Smokers are two to four times at greater risk of coronary disease than non-smokers. The number of Malaysian smokers are increasing. Even the price hike and images of health conditions on the packaging do not seem to deter Malaysians.
Smokers living with coronary disease are at risk of sudden death. According to the Malaysian government every year about 10,000 people die from smoking-related illnesses.
70% of Malaysians Suffer From Non-Communicable Disease, also known as NCD, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol, which are all risk factors for heart disease.
(as reported by the Heart Foundation of Malaysia)
• High Cholesterol And Coronary Disease among Malaysians
According to statistics (printed by The Star, a local Malaysian.Newspaper) 20.7% of adults over 18 suffering from high cholesterol.
As blood cholesterol in Malaysians increase, the risk of coronary disease is greater. This in combination with other risk factors such as hypertension and smoking, make the the risk of coronary disease even greater. Cholesterol is also affected by age, gender, family medical history and diet.
• High Blood Pressure And Coronary Disease among Malaysians
High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart. It also increases the risk of coronary disease, heart attack, kidney failure and angina. Hypertension combined with obesity, smoking, high cholesterol or diabetes increases the risk of a heart attack by several times. High Blood Pressure has also been linked to our diets and we know Malaysians just love their food!
• Physical Inactivity And Coronary Disease among Malaysians
An inactive lifestyle is a major risk factor for coronary disease. Regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity helps prevent heart disease. Many Malaysians work a 9-5 job and the only exercise they get is the walk out for lunch. It’s time for us Malaysians to add a little exercise to our lives.. nothing strenuous – just simple things like parking the car a little further than you normally would, using the stairs instead of the elevator, or even walking up the escalator instead of just enjoying the ride.
Simple things such as these could help you avoid coronary disease.
• Excess Weight, Obesity And Coronary Disease Among Malaysians
“Statistics show that the prevalence of obesity among Malaysian adults increased by a staggering 250% over a 10-year period from 1996 while the number of overweight has increased by 70%” (as reported by The Star, a local Malaysian Newspaper)
Overweight people, especially with excess fat around the waist have an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack, even without the other risk factors. Excessive weight gain increases the activity of the heart, reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and decreases “good” cholesterol. Access weight also increases the risk of diabetes.
Obesity was never a problem in Malaysia, however as the years go by, and the standard of living and earning improves, Malaysians are beginning to put on alot of excess weight. For the sake of our health, this needs to stop.
• Diabetes And Coronary Disease Among Malaysians
Even when blood sugar levels are under control, diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. In January 2010, The Star (a local Malaysian Newspaper) reported “the number of diabetics in the country has increased by almost 80 percent in the last 10 years from 1996-2006 to 1.4 million adults above the age of 30.”
• Stress can be bad for the heart.
•Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure, cause heart disorders and lead to a heart attack.
Malaysians are at a high risk of getting Coronary Disease. In fact, an increasing number of younger Malaysians are suffering from heart related diseases.
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