8 Ways to Lower Your Heart Disease Risk

There are a lot of ways to lower your chances of getting heart disease. Taking action will improve your health and possibly will save your life. These are 8 ways to get on track.

1. Quit smoking. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease. A person’s chance of heart disease increases with the number of cigarettes they smoke. If you smoke, you are much more likely to die if you do have a heart attack.

2. Improve cholesterol levels. You’re more likely to get heart disease if you have:

  • Total cholesterol level over 200
  • HDL (“good”) cholesterol level under 40
  • LDL (“bad”) cholesterol level over 160
  • Triglycerides over 150
  • Cholesterol is not the only thing that matters. Your doctor will consider the big picture, including all your potential risks. To help lower cholesterol levels, eat a diet low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and refined sugars and high in fiber.

3. Control high blood pressure. High blood pressure significantly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Exercise and healthy eating as well as avoiding salt is one of the ways to control your blood pressure. It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly.

4. Get active. Regular physical activity makes you less likely to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. It also helps to control other heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and being overweight. Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you are not active now.

5. Follow a heart-healthy diet. Eat foods that are low in fat and cholesterol. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, and other plant-based foods. The fiber is good for your cholesterol, and you will get vitamins from the natural way, which are from foods.

  • You can still eat fish (especially salmon or tuna, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids), poultry, and meat, but make it lean and keep the portions modest. Also limit salt and sugar.

6. Get to a healthy weight. Losing extra weight is good for your heart. It can also help you lower high blood pressure and manage diabetes.

7. Control diabetes. Diabetes greatly increases the risk of heart disease. The high glucose in the bloodstream can damage the arteries, causing them to become stiff and hard. Get tested and get treated.

8. Manage stress and anger. It is normal to get angry now and then as everyone has stress. Managing your stress and handling your anger in healthy ways puts you back in charge.

Source: WebMD, American Heart Association

MERS-CoV Common Symptoms

MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus, which has entered the human population in the Arabian Peninsula on multiple occasions from direct or indirect contact with infected dromedary camels or possibly camel-related products (e.g. raw camel milk). Several studies have shown that MERS-CoV-specific antibodies are widespread in dromedary camel populations in the Middle East and Africa. The evidence from animal seroepidemiologic surveys suggests that MERS-CoV has been circulating in camels for decades.

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PPP Molecular Pathology Symposium 2018

Pantai Premier Pathology held its first Molecular Pathology Symposium on 22 July 2018. With the theme: Embracing Personalized Medicine.

The symposium was held at Hilton Petaling Jaya Hotel, and well attended by about 150 local and overseas delegates from diverse specialties including oncologists, clinical haematologists, pathologists, physicians, medical officers, medical lab technologists, scientists, research officers and academicians.

It started with an opening address by En Mohd Hareeff Bin Muhammed, Chief Executive Officer of Pantai Premier Pathology. En Hareeff emphasised on the importance of gathering from various fields and to ensure the latest molecular modalities and treatments can be accessible to local patients.

Hence, the aim of this symposium is to discuss the current lead in oncology as well as the practicality of modern molecular technologies to aid clinicians in their patient management by congregate experts from diverse fields of oncology.

The whole event was divided into 5 sessions, in which the first 4 sessions covered the topics of Immunotherapy: Next Step, Molecular Pathology, Haematology Oncology and Case Study Presentation. The last session was the panel discussion on the current updates and challenges in molecular diagnostic era. It was chaired by Prof. Dr. Teo Soo-Hwang, Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM). While the panellists consist of Chief Executive Officer of Pantai Premier Pathology, Head of Oncology & Radiotherapy Department of HKL, Consultant Clinical Oncologist of Beacon Hospital, Head of Pathologist Malaysia of HKL, Consultant Clinical Haematologist of Pantai Hospital KL and Consultant Oncologist of Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur.

The symposium could not have been held remarkably respective contribution from Pantai Premier Pathology’s partners which include Interscience, ScienceVision, Sysmex, Roche, Qiagen, Biomed Global, Biomedia, MSD, and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur. They had been sponsoring the occasion and even opened their booths allocated to showcase their products and services from various industries such as molecular diagnostics, genomic solutions, biomedical and life sciences provider, scientific testing and research-based healthcare provider.





Dr. Tho Lye Mun, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sunway Medical Centre

Shaun Peterson, Global Commercialization Marketing Manager, Clinical Diagnostics Promega Corporation

Ms. Holly A Tillson, Field Application Scientist Manager ArcherDX, USA

Dr. Tan Swee Jin, Manager Scientific Affairs, Sysmex

Dr. Espen Walker, Medical Affairs Director, Roche

Dr. Subramanian Yegappan, Consultant Haematologist, PHKL

Prof. Dr. Noraidah Masir, Consultant Pathologist, HUKM

Dr. Hayani Abdul Wahid, Consultant Radiotherapist and Oncologist, Mahkota Medical Centre

Dr. Guan Yong Khe, Consultant Haematologist, Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh




En Mohd Hareeff Bin Muhammed, CEO of Pantai Premier Pathology Sdn Bhd

Dr. Ros Suzanna Ahmad Bustaman, Head of Oncology & Radiotherapy Department, HKL

Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Abd Wahid, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Beacon Hospital

Dr. Ami Talib, Head of Pathologist Malaysia, HKL

Dato’ Dr. Vijaya Sangkar, Consultant Clinical Haematologist, Pantai Hospital KL

Dato’ Dr. Fuad Ismail, Consultant Oncologist Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur



Dr Mastura Md Yusof, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Noor Akmal, Consultant Pathologist

Dr. Zubaidah Zakaria, Head of Cancer Research Centre (CaRC), IMR

Dr. Lam Kai Seng, Consultant Oncologist

Prof. Dr. Teo Soo-Hwang, CEO of Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM)