Ask a Cardiologist: Dr Julian Tan from Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital Singapore

Ask a Doctor ForumCategory: CardiologyAsk a Cardiologist: Dr Julian Tan from Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital Singapore
dr. Julian Tan asked 2 years ago
I am Dr Julian Tan, Cardiologist based in Mount Elizabeth (Orchard) Hospital and Farrer Park Hospital. Ask me anything! I am a pioneer in Interventional cardiology, a specialized field of cardiology that deals with the treatment of obstructions in the arteries. I am highly qualified in all areas of Interventional cardiology, including treating both diseased heart vessels and coronary artery disease. I treat patients with heart diseases, including the most advanced forms of valvular, coronary, heart rhythm and heart muscle disorders. I have a keen interest in undertaking complex percutaneous coronary interventions like chronic total occlusion (CTO) and bifurcation coronary. Other than that, I also perform renal nerve denervation, peripheral endovascular and structural heart interventions. I was offered the HMDP (Healthcare Manpower Development Plan) scholarship by Singapore’s Ministry of Health to receive subspecialty training in the non-invasive Interventional cardiology in Melbourne Australia. I am well-known for the numerous high quality international clinical experiments and co-investigative research performed at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital. I was also a co-investigator in various breakthrough trials like the PLATO, IMPROVE-IT, and CURRENT. I have received numerous publications in journals, which led me to be invited to lecture at local and international cardiology conferences like EuroPCR, AsiaPCR, and HKSTENT. Other than being a practicing cardiologist, I am also a senior medical lecturer at NUS and the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. I am a medical teacher at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine). I am also a principal clinical faculty member of the senior residency program of Cardiology-National Healthcare Group. Learn more about me here: I am excited to be here to share/discuss Cardiovascular Health with everyone. I will be actively answering questions. Whether you've got questions about coronary heart disease, cardiovascular conditions, or how to maintain good heart health, ask me anything! === Want to ask a question? Submit your question at the bottom of this page. Don’t forget to include your name and email address to get notified when the doctor answers your question.
12 Answers
Chiew Fen answered 2 years ago

Doctor, my husband is a runner. He loves doing marathons. But ever since COVID hit, his running habits have slowed down. These days, he’s been complaining about experiencing shortness of breath every morning. He is 49 years old. I am worried about him and have asked him to undergo a cardiology examination. He doesn’t think it is necessary as he feels the breathing difficulties will go away once he resumes his running habits. Can I have your opinion on this? Do you think an examination is necessary at this point in time?

dr. Julian Tan replied 2 years ago

I would advise you to come for a comprehensive cardiac screen at The Cardiology Practice clinic. You can email the clinic at or call +65 62448112.

Wee Liang answered 2 years ago

My 74 year old father is complaining about chest pain. However, his overall health condition is otherwise good. Do we need to be concerned about the pain? What is your recommendation?

Colin L answered 2 years ago

My daughter has congenital heart disease. She is now 5 years old and she gets tired easily. When should we start looking into treatment for her?

Raymond answered 2 years ago

My wife had stent surgery in November 2020. Everything was fine until three days ago, there were red spots appearing on her chest. She mentioned her chest feels warmer than usual. Could this be internal bleeding?

Quan Yao answered 2 years ago

I am 30 years old. I often experience sudden heart palpitations at night. When it happens, I perspire a lot and it'll last between one to two hours. I have to sit up, breathe slowly and drink a lot of water. For someone my age to be suffering from this, is this serious?

Stanley answered 2 years ago

Is there any relationship between blood thinning medicine and heart palpitations? Ever since I started on the blood thinners, my heart will beat very fast for at least a few hours afterwards.

Elly answered 2 years ago

I am 31. I have slight chest pain whenever I lift something heavy. How do I know if this is a muscle or heart problem?

Alex answered 2 years ago

Ever since the lockdown started, I have started running more intensely. My family has no history of cardiac problems, only mild issues like high blood pressure for my dad. However, I’ve noticed sometimes after a long run, I experience chest pain and tightness, and feel like fainting occasionally. I read about cases where runners suddenly drop dead. What are the chances of this happening to me? Am I being paranoid?

Ricky answered 2 years ago

My 40 year old brother has an enlarged heart valve. He has diabetes and asthma. Is surgery safe for him?

H Tan answered 1 year ago

I am under treatment for aortic stenosis. Can I exercise? What exercises should I avoid? Are simple movements like push ups and sit ups safe for me?

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