Heart diseases top Cordillera mortality rate

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

CARDIOVASCULAR diseases are still the leading cause of death among Cordillerans, according to Department of Health (DOH) assistant regional director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan.

Pangilinan said cardiovascular diseases, from hypertension to other heart ailments, contribute to 11.6 percent of fatality records in 2012.

"Since February is known as the month for love, we should take care of the organ that we use for and it is our heart," Pangilinan said.


DOH-Center for Health Development, together with Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), is celebrating National Heart Month this February.

"This celebration does not only let people be aware of caring for their heart but to inform them ways on how to do it. This is only one way for us to reiterate and enhance the awareness level for people not to end up getting heart transplant," Pangilinan added.

Pangilinan told reporters on Wednesday that activities are lined-up for the month-long celebration throughout the region.

She said this is made possible through the different local governments which plot different medical services in different communities for free.

These medical services include blood pressure screening, health risk assessment and many other activities that intends to protect the heart from serious risks and diseases it may accumulate, she added.

Other activities enjoined with National Heart Month includes "hataw" or dance exercises for BGHMC employees during afternoons, including nutrition counseling from medical teams, who see everyone to undergo medical check-up especially those that are found to be highly at risk for heart ailments. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 12, 2013.

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