The views of Dr Robaayah Zambahari (senior consultant cardiologist and CEO of Institut Jantung Negara).
1. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot develops at the site of narrowing in coronary artery and cuts off blood supply to that part of the heart. Cells in the heart muscle begin to die without oxygen-rich blood, which can cause permanent damage to the heart muscle.
2. Heart disease generally cannot be “cured”. However, heart disease can be controlled by a healthy lifestyle and appropriate medications.
3. Cured here would mean an imparied function returning to normal.
4. Muscle damage would result in scar formation and the scarred part of the heart muscle would remain permanent.
(Source: Lee Mei Cheng 2011. “A heartfelt reminder”, The Star 2 October 2011)