A doctor on the Chinese medical team which is assisting in Dominica’s health sector, Dr. Dexi Wu, has highlighted the high prevalence of heart disease in the population of Dominica.
“The population of Dominica isn’t large, but the proportion of heart diseases in the whole population is high,” he said in a statement. “That is related to the unhealthy life style such as too much sugar or fat in diet, lack of exercise, no annual check-up and so on.”
According to him, heart disease usually progresses slowly.
“We need to find the cardiac disease early and intervene as soon as possible to decrease the mortality and severe complications,” Dr. Wu said.
He said with his experience in cardiology, particularly electrocardiography and echocardiography, he will share “my understanding and operation skills” with the local doctor of internal medicine.
“We can diagnose and intervene the heart disease earlier,” he explained. “That would be [to the benefit of Dominicans.”
He explained that severe cases of heart disease can lead to a high number of deaths.
“I have worked in cardiac intensive care unit in China for several years, so I also attend the rescuing of critical and urgent cases in Princess Margaret Hospital. And we have many successful cases,” Dr. Wu stated.