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Cardiac Rehabilitation Outing Activity



Heart Disease is one of the most expensive diseases to treat. In an effort to group patients with heart problems who have completed their comprehensive and supervised Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme, the cardiac rehabilitation team (consisting of Occupational Therapy staff and cardiac nurses) with the support from Cardiology Unit and the Emergency Department of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, organised a one day annual outing activity for the patients and their family members today, Sunday, 13th May 2018, at Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Cardiac rehabilitation can help save lives and it is one of the most clinically and cost-effective therapeutic interventions in cardiovascular disease management. There is evidence of health benefit in that cardiac rehabilitation reduces cardiac mortality by up to 26-36%. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme was established since 2004 at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital to assist individuals with heart problems (for example; heart attack, damaged heart valves and heart failure) to recover as fully as possible and reengage them back to the community and continue to be an invaluable members of the society. The annual outing activity aims to further enhance the patients' confidence and empower them and their families to look after their own heart health to help prevent future heart attacks.

General public who wishes to know more about the Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme can contact the cardiac rehabilitation team at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, 2242424 extension 6133 or 5818.

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Date: 27 Sya'ban 1439 / 13 May 2018


For more information, please contact:

Jong Seng Khiong, Senior Occupational Therapist cum Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator,

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital

Contact no: +673 8846199


World Health Organisation reported Cardiovascular Disease is responsible for killing 17.7 million people every year, accounting for 31% of global death on World Heart Day last year. It recommended to protect heart health through stop smoking, have healthy diet of 5 serving of fruits and vegetable per day and being physically active. Cardiovascular or Heart Disease is a preventable disease. It is classified as one of the Non-Communicable Disease. In Brunei Darussalam the top 5 leading causes of deaths are all Non-Communicable Diseases. They are listed in this order 1) Cancer, 2) Heart Disease, 3) Diabetes Mellitus, 4) Cerebrovascular Disease and 5) Hypertensive Disease. Heart Disease is by one of the most expensive diseases to treat. It takes up a large amount of annual health expenditure to treat (invasive surgery) and maintain ongoing treatment (medications and risk factors modification) in individuals with heart disease.


International guideline recommends Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation programmes incorporating supervised exercise, health education and psychological counselling to prevent secondary heart attack, improve patients quality of life and encourage patients to self-manage their own risk factors. Risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, high sugar levels, overweight, smoking and being sedentary. Studies shown that patients who have participated in cardiac rehabilitation programmes are less likely to die from heart disease compared to patients who have never attended the programme. This programme provides information to heart patients on their risk factors and assists them to improve their risk factor profile and to demonstrate to them that they can still engage in exercise after their heart was treated by ballooning, stenting, bypass surgery or valve surgery.