Malaysians get heart attacks at younger age

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are getting heart attacks at a younger age than people in other countries, according to a study.

Nearly a quarter of heart patients here were below age 50, said the National Cardiovascular Database Annual Report.

It said that 17.6% were aged 40 to 49; 5.6% between 30 and 39; and 1% from 20 to 29.

In comparison, the average age of heart attack sufferers in Canada is 71, 66 in the United States, over 50 in Britain, and 61 in Singapore, according to reports on the Internet.

“Malaysian acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients are younger compared to those in Western registries,” said the chief editor of the report, Prof Datuk Dr Wan Azman Wan Ahmad.

ACS patients suffer from several symptoms as a result of a heart attack, including chest pains during minimal exertion.

About half of them also face three or more risk factors – the most common being obesity, followed by high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol.

Prof Wan Azman said in-hospital death rates for heart attacks in the country was still very high.

He was speaking at the launch of a new treatment for coronary artery disease, in Kuala Lumpur recently.

According to him, the Chinese tended to suffer from ACS at an older age, compared to the Malays and Indians, while significantly more males suffered from it than females.

He was quoting statistics from the Annual Report of the NCVD-ACS Registry 2011-2013.


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