In Singapore, 21 people die from cardiovascular disease (heart diseases and stroke) every day.
Cardiovascular disease accounted for 32% of all deaths in 2021. This means that almost 1 out of 3 deaths in Singapore is due to heart diseases or stroke.
In Singapore, more than 3,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest every year, with more than 80% in residential and public settings, i.e. outside healthcare facilities. Here, we track the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest situation in Singapore with data from the Unit for Pre-hospital Emergency Care (UPEC).
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases have increased from 3,233 in 2019 to 3,432 in 2020.
This increase is due to the growing proportion of the elderly population in Singapore. Age is a major risk factor for cardiac arrest.
World Heart Day is celebrated annually on 29 September by member organisations of the World Heart Federation in over 100 countries. It aims to increase public awareness and promote preventive measures to reduce the global incidence of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).