Gleneagles launches 24-Hour Heart Attack Centre

KOTA KINABALU: Gleneagles Kota Kinabalu has recently launched its 24-Hour Heart Attack Centre for the public especially those who are at risk of having heart attack anytime of the day.

Its Chief Executive Officer Noel Cheah said the private hospital has already been providing city folks the service since 2015.

He added that the centre provides 24/7 service for those who feel that they are at risk of having a heart attack or those who recently suffered a heart attack. The centre carries out emergency life-saving procedures such as primary angioplasty, which is a micro-surgical procedure used to open up blocked blood vessel.

Malaysia has 25,000 heart attacks per year and the average age of people in Malaysia having heart attack is 35 to 40. The age range is quite shocking as Malaysia has the youngest average age for heart attack compared to all other South East Asian countries.

“Therefore Gleneagles is committed to provide this service to the public 24/7. If we are able to access and treat the patient fast, this will further enhance their chances of surviving the attack and have better recovery,” he said.

He said this when met by reporters during the event at Gleneagles, which was officiated by Health and Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon on Thursday.

Medical evidence has shown that a patient who receives such medical treatment during the first few hours of a heart attack will have a greatly enhanced survival rate and improved long-term recovery.

Meanwhile, he also disclosed that the hospital has also collaborated with Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents in providing free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for their tour guides. So far, Gleneagles has trained 65 tour guides.

“This training is important as we realised that the tourism industry is very big in Sabah. With many tourists coming to Sabah every year, sometimes they may come into health trouble such as cardiac arrest.

“Therefore we collaborated with MATTA to equip their tour guides with necessary skills because you may not know when unwanted incidents happen; for example, a person collapsing in the middle of the sea or while on a boat ride to an island.

“Therefore, if they are equipped with the right skills, they know how to stabilise the patient, while evacuating the patient to the hospital.

“Actually CPR should be learned by everyone who is capable of learning it. The CPR training only takes two or three days,” he added.

Poon applauded Gleneagles for organising the life-saving event.

“I think this is an excellent tool for the industry players and the victims can be saved if they receive proper early treatment.

“We are getting more tourists and we need to take care of them including their health,” he said.

In conjunction with the newly-launched heart attack centre, Gleneagles will also conduct a mass CPR training for the public for two days on Oct 5-6 at Imago Shopping Mall here. The training is free and open to the public.

It is one of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to educate the public with emergency response skills for them to be able to help anyone suffering from cardiac arrest and save lives.


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