Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart is not able to pump blood and nutrients effectively through the heart and body, leading to various symptoms over time.
Heart transplant is an option for patients who suffer from end stage heart failure. The Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) in Singapore has expanded the pool of potential heart donors.
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.
Options to manage heart failure include medications, VAD implantations, heart bypass surgery, heart valve surgery or heart transplant.