By KT Leong
Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH) kick started World Heart Day 2023 (September 29) by having an early awareness campaign. PCSH had a 26-foot replica of the human heart on display at AEON Station 18 from September 2 to 3, whereby the public could take a guided interactive walk-through inside the vital organ to comprehend how the human heart works. Once visitors step inside the heart, they are able to learn about cardiovascular functions and observe examples of various heart diseases.
Dr Ng Seng Loong, Resident Interventional Cardiologist & Physician said heart disease remains the number-one killer in the world.
One of the key highlights of this campaign is the Mega Inflatable Heart Exhibit, which is the replica heart, which is 26’ long, 15’ wide and 13’ high.
This Mega Heart tour provides a highly interactive educational experience for the visitors to learn more about how our heart works from the inside. Additionally, free health screenings were provided, which included blood pressure check, random blood sugar, body fat assessment, dietetic counselling, visual acuity check, power checking, mobile slit lamp, eye assessment, HPV DNA (for female 30-65 years old), subsidised Mammogram (for females 40 to 70 years old), ear screening and shoulder point massage.
The response was overwhelming with more than 700 pax joining the free health screening. In addition,PCSH had interactive Zumba sessions for both days from 2 pm onwards as well as other performances. The mega heart is part of PCSH’s ongoing Mega Heart Campaign this year which was rolled out in partnership with healthcare company Viatris.
Dr Ng Seng Loong stated that PCSH is equipped with the latest state of the art Philips Azurion 7 system, which offers a wider range of minimally invasive diagnostics, with higher definition results that will greatly reduce risks to the patient.
Mr. Nicholas Chan, Chief Executive Officer of PCSH stated that PCSH’s early initiatives for heart awareness campaign aims to encourage the public to keep an eye on their heart health and be aware of how behavioural, social, environmental and biological risk factors can contribute to the development of the diseases.
He also thanked their collaborative partners in this campaign, namely Viatris, AEON Mall Station 18, LPPKN, Lee Eye Centre, EarMed, Melilea, Kelab PAWE UTC Perak and JayCycle.