2022-2023 EVENTS

2022 Events

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2022
The International Surgical Week (ISW)
Kuala Lumpur

31 Aug – 2 Sept 2022
Medical Fair Asia
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

3-9 September
Medical Fair Asia
Digital, Online

9-10 September 2022
World Pediatrics Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

9-10 September 2022
World Heart and Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

19-21 September 2022
23rd SE-Asian Healthcare & Pharma Show
Kuala Lumpur

27-29 September 2022
Smart Healthcare Expo (Health Malaysia)

27-29 September 2022
Asia Pandemic Congress
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

19-20 September 2022
23nd Global Nursing Education Conference
Brisbane, Australia

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2022
Malaysia International Dental Show (MIDS)
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International MedLab Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International Pharma Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

11-13 November 2022
Eldercare Exhibition and Conference Asia (ELDEX Asia 2022)
Suntex Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre

14-15 November 2022
Healthcare Asia Pacific
Osaka, Japan

2023 Events

30 May – 1 June 2023
KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

13-15 September 2023
Medical Fair Thailand
BITEC, Bangkok

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Millennials and Gen-Z at risk of heart disease

Heart attacks are on the rise among young adults in Malaysia – those in their 20s and 30s, to be exact: experiencing a heart attack at this age is becoming more common. Additionally, a study on coronary artery disease (CAD) among Malaysian youth found that almost 70% of participants aged 15–24 have at least one cardiovascular risk factor.

The idea that “heart attacks only happen when you’re old” no longer applies, and young adults need to take immediate action.

Dr. Nabil bin Haji Idris, Resident Consultant Cardiologist at Aurelius Hospital Nilai, explained, “Heart disease does not discriminate based on age–it can affect anyone and everyone regardless of how young or old you are. Hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol are major contributing factors to heart disease, and we’re seeing an increasing number of young adults experiencing this. Even in your 20s, it is so important to have regular health check-ups and maintain a healthy lifestyle to mitigate these risk factors.”

Dr. Nabil further addresses common misconceptions about heart disease risk factors among young adults:

  • “I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want, while I’m young.”

We all love a good late-night mamak session here in Malaysia, but perhaps you should think twice before ordering that maggi goreng. An unhealthy diet high in fat will build up plaque in your arteries and increase your risk of a heart attack.  Try swapping your usual teh tarik for a teh c-kosong instead.

  • “I’m still young, I can smoke and drink as much as I like.”

Smoking is a strong risk factor for congestive heart failure because it causes atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) and raises blood pressure. Alcohol consumed in excess over several years can produce an alcoholic cardiomyopathy, where alcohol acts as a toxin to weaken the heart muscle directly.

Time to kick those bad habits!

  • “Young people can handle stress well, so it’s no big deal.”

Whether physical or emotional, constant stress increases the likelihood of developing heart and circulatory disease. Studies have found that when you are stressed, your amygdala (an area of the brain that deals with stress) signals the bone marrow to produce extra white blood cells. This in turn causes the arteries to become inflamed, which can lead to heart attacks, angina, and strokes.

Stress is unavoidable in daily life, but you must intentionally set aside time to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate to combat the effects of stress.

  • “High blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol only happen to older people.”

These are traditional risk factors for heart disease, but young adults might not even be aware if they have these ailments unless they go for regular health check-ups. There’s no harm in going for a medical check-up now and then, which helps you identify signs of early issues.

Some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history, but you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.

“Small changes in your lifestyle, such as exercising and choosing healthy food options, can make a huge difference in your heart health. Prevention is better than cure, so it is best to get a heart screening and identify your risk factors early in order to take the necessary steps to protect and strengthen your heart,” Dr. Nabil advised.

Millennials and Gen-Z at risk of heart disease
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