About Heartwarming Initiative

What is Heartwarming Initiative?

The long-term imbalance between the public and private medical systems in Hong Kong often leads to extremely long queuing time for patients to access to public medical services. In order to treat patients with heart disease as soon as possible and reduce the chance of their illness deteriorating, the Hong Kong Asian Heart Center launched the “Heartwarming Initiative” to provide high-quality and efficient cardiology services at a reasonable price.

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Who are eligible to join Heartwarming Initiative?

The initial target of Heartwarming Initiative is patients who are waiting to be scheduled for surgeries in public hospitals. After the official normalization in November 2020, there will be no more requirements. The public does not need a referral letter from public hospitals, and can also arrange surgery in a short time with reasonable charges.

How can I be enrolled in Heartwarming Operation?

Please contact our Heart Centre 24-hour hotline at 9722-0151.

What are included in the packages?

Package fee includes:

2 days of hospital stay, Doctor’s procedure charge, Ward round fee, Operating room charge, Nursing care, Operating room equipment charges, Operating room consumables.

The package fee for PCI only includes one stent, how much does an additional stent cost?

The patient needs to be diagnosed by the attending doctor whether additional stents are needed. If necessary, the fee depends on the type of stent suitable for the patient’s situation. The cost ranges from HK$10,000 to HK$20,000 each.

About surgery

Where are the surgeries performed?

All of our operations are performed in Hong Kong Canossa Hospital.

Who are the specialists of the centre? Can I choose my attending doctor?

You could Click Here to learn more about our experienced cardiologists’ team. In general, patients can choose their attending doctor (except patients who participate in Heartwarming Initiative will be arranged by the centre).

About Heart Disease

What is heart disease?

Heart disease refers to various types of conditions that can affects the heart functions. These include:

  • Coronary artery (atherosclerotic) heart disease that affects the arteries to the heart
  • Congenital heart disease (abnormal structure or function, like atrial / ventricular septal defect and aortic stenosis)
  • Cardiomyopathy that affects how the heart muscle contracts
  • Heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias) that affects the electrical conduction

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease.

What is a heart attack?

Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle. The coronary artery disease occurs when there is a buildup of cholesterol plaque inside the artery walls. Over time, this buildup of plaque may partially block the artery and decrease blood flow through it.

A heart attack occurs when a plaque ruptures and forms a clot in the artery causing a complete blockage. This part of the heart muscle that is denied of blood supply starts to die. This may lead to a sudden cardiac arrest.

What are the signs and symptoms of heart (cardiovascular) diseases?

These may include:

  • Chest pain (angina), this pain may radiate or move to the arm, neck or back.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Irregular heartbeat

Not all people with coronary artery disease have chest pain as a symptom. Some may have signs and symptoms of indigestion, or exercise intolerance where they cannot perform activities that they normally once could.

What causes heart (cardiovascular) disease?

These are risk factors that increase the potential to develop plaque within coronary arteries and cause them to become narrowed. Atherosclerosis is the term that describes this condition.

Factors that increasing the risk of heart disease are:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart problems (especially heart attacks and strokes)
  • Obesity
  • Stressful lifestyle
  • Lack of exercise

Since cardiovascular disease, peripheral artery disease, and stroke share the same risk factors, a patient who is diagnosed with one of the three has increased risk of having or developing the others.

How is heart (cardiovascular) disease diagnosed?

Coronary heart disease is initially diagnosed by patient’s history and physical examination. Physical examination may suggest the presence of narrowed arteries, may include:

What is the treatment for coronary heart (cardiovascular) disease?

Treatment for coronary heart disease depends upon its severity. Many times lifestyle changes such as eating a heart healthy diet, exercising regularly, stopping smoking and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes may limit the arteries narrowing.

In some people, surgery (coronary artery bypass surgery) or other procedures cardiac catheterization might be needed.

What is the medical treatment of heart (cardiovascular) disease?

Aspirin
Used for its antiplatelet activity, making platelets less sticky and decreasing the risk of heart attack

Beta-blockers
Help to slow the heart rate, decrease the oxygen requirements of the working heart muscle

Calcium Antagonists
Help the contraction of the heart muscle contract and pump more efficiently

Nitrates
Help dilate arteries and increase blood flow to the heart muscle. A short-acting agent to treat acute angina symptoms or long-acting preparations may be prescribed for prevention

Diuretics
Treat heart failure by making your body excrete more fluids as urine

ACEI
Help dilating blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. This lowered blood pressure makes it easier for the heart to pump blood and can improve the function of a failing heart.

Statins
Lower the cholesterol, reduce the chance of atherosclerosis or heart attack.

What is PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention)?

PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) is a surgery recommended if arterial stenosis or blockage exceeds 60 % to 70%, whereby a stent, a mesh tube or type of scaffolding would be implanted to regain normal arterial blood flow.