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Hypertensive cardiovascular disease listed no. 1 cause of deaths in Western Visayas - DOH

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (15 February) -- The heart is a very vital organ in our body that needs special care, said Director Lydia S. Depra-Ramos stressing that hypertensive cardiovascular disease was identified as the number one cause of death in Western Visayas.

Director Ramos, who is the regional director of the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health and Development-Western Visayas, said that the report was based on the Field Health Services Information System 2006 report.

Ramos said that there are many forms of heart diseases. Globally, she said, coronary heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. In the Philippines, diseases of the heart ranks first as cause of deaths in 2002.

To increase the level of awareness of the public on this concern, the DOH and the Philippine Heart Association programmed several activities to observes February as Healthy Heart Month with the theme: "Moving Toward Heart Health: Mag HL Tayo".

Healthy Lifestyle (HL) is a way of life which promotes one's health and well-being.

Director Ramos said that said that for a healthy heart, all sectors of the society are encouraged to be involved in physical fitness activities. She noted that the process of behavioral changes that will lead to the adoption of healthy lifestyle in individuals is long and tedious, thus the healthy lifestyle campaign should be continuous, sustained and integrated.

Among the DOH healthy lifestyle advocacy campaigns are: a) to exercise at least 30 minutes per day; b) observe a healthy diet, like eating food with less fat and eat fruits and vegetables; c) quit smoking; d) avoid stress; e) regular check up with your doctor.

Director Ramos stressed that the observance of the Heart Month aims to raise the level of awareness of the public on the importance of practicing a healthy lifestyle in order to have a healthy heart. (PIA) [top]

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