There was a slight improvement in hypertension numbers, where 30.3% or 6.1 million people aged 18 and above had the medical condition, compared to 32.7% in 2011.
“All the risk factors are going up, so CVD is still the number one cause of death in Malaysia. The cause of death of one in four Malaysians is CVD (including stroke).”
He adds that diabetics have a two to four times higher risk of suffering from heart diseases such as heart failure, heart attack or peripheral vascular disease, compared to a non-diabetic, while the risk of suffering a stroke is twice as much.
But to the frustration of doctors such as National Heart Institute (better known by its Malay acronym IJN) chief clinical officer and senior consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Aizai Azan Abdul Rahim, Malaysians are still slow to waking up to the ugly truth of such diseases and taking charge of their health.
Those with diabetes have a two to four times higher risk of suffering from heart diseases such as heart failure, heart attack or peripheral vascular disease. Photo: 123rf.com