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Cardiovascular diseases no. 1 cause of mortality in CAR

by Lito Dar and MC Acmo

DOH intensifies campaign for healthy lifestyle

Baguio City (6 February) -- Cardiovascular diseases remain the number one cause of mortality in Cordillera, Center for Health and Development (CHD-CAR) Health Operations Division chief Dr Amelita Panganiban, in a Kapihan forum Wednesday bared that cardiovascular diseases posted 2,254 deaths or at a rate of 138.7 deaths for every 100,000 population in the region in 2009. Coming in second and third are Pneumonia with 1,032 deaths and cancer with 770.

Baguio City also posted the same scenario, according to City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head Dr Donna Tubera. Heart and vascular diseases were the number one and two killer in Baguio in 2009 with 373 and 255 deaths, respectively.

Panganiban explained that unhealthy lifestyle is seen to be the primary cause of cardiovascular diseases, though there is no concrete study conducted with regards to the primary cause of cardiovascular diseases. Based on profiles of the victims, smoking and sedentary kind of living which can result to obesity due to lack of physical activities are the primary causes of death from the said disease.

Canao which is a customary festivity of the Cordillerans is also seen to be a contributory factor to cardiovascular diseases because of the big chunks of pork with big portion of fats being served during the festivity.

Panganiban also stressed that all ages are now being affected by cardiovascular diseases and at present, it is the productive age group that has listed the highest number of death cases.

In relation to this, and in observance of February as Hearth Month, the Health department is intensifying its advocacy for a Healthy Lifestyle with the theme "HL (healthy lifestyle) to the Max, Sa Pag-iwas sa Sakit sa Puso!"

The healthy lifestyle campaign promotes seven HL habits namely No Smoking; Avoid Alcohol; No to illegal drugs; Eat low-fat, low-salt, high-fiber diet; Prevent Hypertension; Do physical Activity and Manage Stress.

In the same forum, the Health Department also advocated their programs in observance of February as National Health Insurance Month, Leprosy Control and Awareness Week on the third Week of February and National Mental Retardation Week (February 1-5). (PIA) [top]

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