RIPAS helps heart patients stay safe

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RAJA Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre has seen more patients below 25 years old in recent years, a senior occupational therapist said.

Jong Seng Khiong, who is also the cardiac rehabilitation coordinator, said there is a wide range of heart disease patients - from the very young to the very old.

“People have just been eating too many salty foods uncontrolled, and there’s a lot of inactivity, high cholesterol levels and uncontrolled blood pressure,” he said.

However, he said young people were still in the “lower-risk age group”, as the majority of cardiac patients are usually in their 40s or 50s.

Jong was speaking during the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre’s annual Phase Three outing activity held at the BioInnovation Corridor yesterday, which saw around 40 people taking part in brisk walks or jogging around the park.

He said the cardiac rehabilitation programme has been effective in helping heart disease patients understand the significance of exercise in reducing the risk of heart attacks.

Heart disease patients who take part in cardiac rehabilitation programmes are much “safer” compared to their counterparts who don’t, he added.

Jong said cardiac patients who were part of the programme undergo three phases.

“Phase One is where (cardiac patients) are admitted to the hospital where we see them in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU), typically after they have a heart attack or they have heart valve problems.

“Phase Two is when we call them to join our cardiac rehabilitation programme, which is an eight-week programme comprising cardiac-related education sessions,” Jong said.

Following this, programme participants are put into Phase Three, where they are discharged and monitored tri-monthly by the centre for one and a half years, he said.

“This annual Phase Three activity is an initiative to keep the patients active. A lot of cardiac patients stop exercising as soon as they’re discharged, and it’s our goal to encourage them to continuously exercise and to stay active in their lifestyles,” he said.

Jong added that heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Brunei after cancer.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre’s Phase Three Outdoor Activity was carried out with the support of RIPAS’ Cardiac Unit as well as the Emergency Department yesterday. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme was established at RIPAS Hospital in 2004.

The Brunei Times