Cardiovascular disease is the second cause of death in Korea. In fact, that deaths number is a noticeable increase since ten years ago. Cardiovascular would no longer be the “only older people’s disease”.
Cardiovascular disorders are rampant disease middle age as well as young age. A busy contemporary man takes lightly SOS signal that our bodies send out. And finally people get the disease. We have met Park Sangweon, the Cardiovascular Center’s manager of Sejong General Hospital, tells about various stories on cardiovascular disease.

Dr.Park Sangweon of Sejong General Hospital

1. Sejong Hospital have specialized center unlike other institutions. Could you introduce Sejong Hospital?
Sejong General Hospital is evolving with the Korea’s heart history. We are the only Authorized Cardiovascular Specialty Hospital in Korea by Ministry of Health & welfare. In 1989, Designated as medical institute specialized for heart disease. In 2005, Sejong Hospital designated as the pilot hospital for the hospital specialized for heart disease by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and in 2008, Re-designated as the pilot hospital for the hospital specialized for heart disease by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs.
In addition, we obtain JCI Certificate on November12, 2011. After over 2 years of preparation, we were evaluated for all departments including the heart disease and passed the international standard. By this, Sejong General Hospital provided an objective basis for foreign patients to choose the hospital for cardiac treatment.

2. Death rates from heart disease have risen considerably in recent years, what the cause?
One of the biggest causes of the current situation is the aging population. The demographics of Korea show that Korea is changing into an “Aging Society”.  The older you are, the greater your risk of developing a cardiac disorder. Most of this surging growth came from old-people’s increase. Also, Coronary heart disease has had a steady increase in the last several years. The reason is westernization of the Korean diet.  Korean diet’s westernization related to chronic disease like diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and so on. The chronic diseases include heart problems. Besides is the result of emotional stress in competitive society.

3. How we can prevent heart disease?
The key thing is an early diagnosis and proper treatment to chronic diseases. Chronic diseases Leads to heart disease. And chronic disease is an inextirpable. It just controls disease. So I think good health care is of primary importance. More people need treatment for chronic illnesses which result from an unhealthy lifestyle. When chronic disease was found, patients are treated with medication drugs. And leading to possible weight loss, do dietary control. For example, hypertension is not curable, but it can be treated and controlled with medications, dietary and lifestyle change and exercise. By early diagnosis, we can prevent cardiovascular disorder.

4. I heard Sejong Hospital have many competent medical staff, what’s your special treatment method?
 The center is comprised of Cardiology Division, Pediatrics Division, Thoracic Surgery Division, Radiology Division, and Anesthesiology Division, and we have a prompt treatment system capable of conducting emergency treatment with professional medical staff through the organic and joint treatment in case we have heart patients. We are putting all-out efforts to achieve the best results through advanced medical equipment, and the team based patient management of the diagnose division and treatment division.
We have intensive care units equipped with the latest medical equipment for patients that receive heart operation and where specialists stand by for 24 hours, devoting themselves to the treatment of patients, and we cure congenital heart disease and myocardial infarction, valve disease, and aneurysm of the aorta.

5. After operation, what is patient supposed to do?
Rehabilitation of cardiovascular disorder aims to for the rest of patient’s life and improves their lives. We have cardiac rehabilitation center. The center introduced a variety of programs and conducts exercise ability test (BMI, exercise load, electrocardiogram, and gas analysis) and exercise function test (muscle joint test, balance test, posture test, spinal curvature test, etc.) to prevent and manage musculoskeletal diseases caused by lack of exercise and also prevent and manage diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia caused by inappropriate eating habits and exercise habits and even chronic diseases such as heart diseases in early stages. The center also has sports medicine specialists who analyze patient’s history and potential elements through evaluation data and advanced survey through one on one consultation and set up the exercise program for individual customized exercise.

6. What kinds of service is Sejong Hospital’s Cardiovascular Center providing to foreign patients?
Sejong General Hospital, developing into the cardiovascular center of the world beyond Korea, is providing patients with the best medical services with VIP Ward for VVIP and international patients. We provide one-stop system from medical examination, hospitalization, treatment, and even discharged. For accurate communication and rapid reception, all coordinators are constitutes medical staff. We are training Korean, Russian to all nursing personnel.

7. I’d like you to let me know Sejong Hospital’s Cardiovascular Center’s goals in the future.
Based on the Sejong Hospital’s know-how and skills, we will provide service what patient desired. Also, the entire staff will strive to make Sejong General Hospital the Best Circulation Center in Asia beyond being just the best heart disease hospital in Korea by expanding specialties to cerebrovascular diseases in addition to cardiovascular diseases.