Johor Bahru, 28 October 2017 – Over a thousand cyclists and runners gathered at Regency Specialist Hospital (Regency) today to participate the “Regency World Heart Day 2017 – Pedal Quest 3.0 & Fun Run.”

This fun, but meaningful event was held today in conjunction of World Heart Day 2017 and was graciously hosted by Regency Specialist Hospital in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara Pasir Gudang and Universiti Kuala Lumpur.

For many years, Regency has been collaborating with Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Seri Alam Properties Sdn Bhd and other organizations in Bandar Seri Alam under the “Smart Healthy City and Community Program” that continuously encourage the community to practice healthy lifestyle choices.

The major highlight of the event was Regency’s ECMO Therapy launching by the official representative of its Guest of Honour, Yg Bhg Datuk Ismail Bin Ibrahim, Chief Executive – Cik Suhaili binti Abdul Hamid, Head of Social Department of Iskandar Regional Development Authority.

Regency is the first private hospital in the Southern region of Malaysia offering ECMO Therapy. ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) is a therapy that has been widely used clinically in advanced economies to temporary support and substitute the function of heart and lungs, while allowing time for heart and lungs to rest and heal.

Gan Boon San, Chief Executive Officer of Regency said, “the hospital’s mission is to provide comprehensive specialist healthcare services with the diagnostic, radiology and clinical laboratory services to the community. Hence, the launch of ECMO services will be a technology enhancement in treating heart and lung diseases.”

“The first application in 1971 triggered the development of ECMO technology in treating heart and lung diseases. However, the application has not become a treatment option as technology was still rudimentary. Subsequent advancement in technology further spread the application of ECMO therapy in treating acute and reversible heart and lung disease. ECMO enables heart and lung to rest and slowly recover while “buying time” for the team to plan the follow-up treatment strategy. We hope to provide affordable and timely ECMO services to benefit patients in the southern region of Malaysia who used to seek ECMO in either KL or Singapore” said Dr Wong, Cardiothoracic Surgeon of Regency Specialist Hospital.

Heart problems are one of the main killers of Malaysians – non-communicable diseases which are closely linked to unhealthy lifestyles. By taking actions to prevent and control risks factors such as smoking habit, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths are from heart diseases and stroke could be avoided.

Besides the cycling adventure and fun run, there were few other healthy activities created for the whole family such as fitness exercises, blood donation drive, health exhibition, product booths, basic health screening and consultation for everyone who turned up for the event. Regency World Heart Day is therefore a platform to continuously creating awareness on heart healthy living choices to the public.


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