MANILA health officials expressed alarm over the rising cases of heart-related illness among individuals in their 30’s
Dr. Leonora Pascual, Ospital ng Sampaloc officer-in-charge, said there is a noticeable increases in cases of heart problems even among those who are young.
“On the average, about three to five heart patients come to us every week, some of them on emergency conditions already. We likewise noticed an alarming number among those in the 30s age who are already suffering varying degrees of heart problems. Before, most heart patients were in later ages such as 40’s, 50’s…,” she said.
The Department of Health reported that cardiovascular disease, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are among the top killers in the Philippines, causing more than half of all deaths annually. It added that hypertension and diseases of the heart are among the ten leading causes of illnesses each year.
“These diseases are collectively known as Lifestyle Related Non-communicable diseases, particularly because these diseases have common risk factors which are to large extent related to unhealthy lifestyle,” the DOH stated.
The World Health Organization announced that that cardiovascular diseases is also the No. 1 cause of death throughout the world. The disease killed 17.5 million people in 2012, that is 3 in every 10 deaths. Of these, 7.4 million people died of ischemic heart disease and 6.7 million from stroke.
Pascual said in third world countries like the Philippines, stroke remain the top causes of death. She explained that Ospital ng Sampaloc is just a secondary hospital, “but I’m happy to say that even with our relatively limited equipment and facilities, we have been ably responding to heart cases including emergencies.” She said the facility provide free basic procedures for heart patients such as electrocardiogram, complete blood count, urinalysis, fecalysis and blood chemistry.
Pascual said all medicines and procedures, provided to residents of Manila free of charge, was made possible through the health programs initiated by former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.