OUR SHORT STORY

In 2014, The Foundation extended its services to encompass cardiac health issues with the MAA Medicare Heart Charity Fund. The fund functions as a platform to improve health through disease prevention, life-saving cardiac screening and diagnosis as well as quality treatment modalities.

The mortality rate of coronary heart disease among Malaysians has been shown to increase every year while the Department of Statistics Malaysia records ischaemic heart diseases as the principal cause of death. Meanwhile, long waiting lists for treatment at public hospitals and the prohibitively high prices of private hospitals for immediate treatment have exacerbated this "Cardiac Patient's Dilemma”.

With the evident need to address this pressing health issue, MAA Medicare Charitable Cardiac Diagnostic and Treatment Centre was established on a mission to provide high quality cardiac treatment at affordable prices for underprivileged Malaysians.

Operational since September 2018, it is the FIRST charitable cardiac diagnostic and treatment centre in Malaysia. A team of 5 consultant cardiologists along with 10 medical and support staff are committed to take on the role to fight heart disease, stroke, and premature sudden cardiac death, by providing quality care and comprehensive cardiac and vascular services. This 10 bedded facility provides cardiac health screening services using state-of-the-art equipment such as Diagnostic Coronary Angiography, 128 multislice CT Scanner, Stress Test and Digital X-ray and consultation with a team of renowned interventional and non-invasive cardiologists at highly subsidised rates.

Services provided at the MAA Medicare Charitable Cardiac Diagnostic and Treatment Centre:

* Outpatient cardiology clinic consultations
  • * Dobutamine stress test
* Electrocardiogram (ECG)  * Chest and general xrays
* 24-hour holter monitoring * Diagnostic coronary angiography
* Treadmill stress test   * Percutaneous coronary angioplasty
* Echocardiogram * Stress echocardiography
* Coronary calcium scores    * CT Scan coronary angiography
* Critical coronary & in-patient nursing care  * Dietary & lifestyle modification advice
* Cardiac rehabilitation & physiotherapy * Public awareness & education
* General health & cardiac screening * Provisions to perform heart surgery at partner hospitals 

Further subsidies for services and treatments are provided for patients based on their socioeconomic background.

Besides performing diagnostics and treatments, the centre also aims to educate the public on the importance of a maintaining a healthy lifestyle to mitigate cardiac and vascular disease risk factors by organising talks, road shows and health screenings.