In the US and Europe, cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke combined) is the leading cause of death. In Singapore, it is the second leading.
Approximately 2000 people in Singapore suffer a heart attack each year. Furthermore, heart disease is occurring at a younger age. Some as young as 40.
In treating faulty heart valves, a new minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) has been developed.