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Heart disease and stroke combined, is the leading cause of death among women in Singapore, it encompasses a wide range of cardiovascular problems and complications.
Several types of diseases and conditions are recognised under the umbrella of heart disease. The types of heart disease include:
My general approach to palpitations involves a detailed history and examination, followed by investigations tailored to each patient’s clinical presentation. As there are many causes of palpitations, a detailed assessment is needed to distinguish the various causes. When looking out for irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia) in particular, I pay attention to the heart rate (too slow or too fast?) , blood pressure (too low or too high?) , pulse (regular or irregular?) I will also auscultate the heart to check for abnormal heart sounds like murmurs.