Heart problems are a major issue in the Philippines, with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) being one of the leading causes of death and disability in the country. These diseases not only result in loss of life but also have a significant financial impact on society, leading to decreased productivity and increased healthcare costs.
Some of the risk factors for CVDs in the Philippines include high blood pressure, tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and rising levels of obesity. High blood pressure, in particular, is a growing concern as its prevalence is increasing. Tobacco smoking also contributes significantly to the incidence of CVDs, damaging the heart and blood vessels and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Poor diets high in salt, sugar, and fat and physical inactivity, which often leads to obesity, also raise the risk of CVDs. The increasing rate of obesity in the Philippines only adds to the burden of these diseases.
To combat the issue, it’s important to raise awareness of the risk factors and encourage healthy lifestyles such as eating well, engaging in physical activity, and avoiding tobacco. This can also include increasing access to healthcare for those with CVDs, like providing more diagnostic and treatment facilities, and training healthcare professionals in managing these diseases.
Moreover, providing preventative care, such as screenings for high blood pressure and other CVD risk factors, is crucial in identifying those at high risk and providing the necessary care to reduce their risk. This can involve improving access to treatments and medications, such as antihypertensive drugs and statins, and enhancing the quality of care for those with heart problems.
By addressing the risk factors and improving access to care, it’s possible to reduce the incidence and impact of CVDs in the Philippines, thus improving the health and well-being of those affected by these diseases.