Manila, Philippines – According to the Department of Health (DOH),heart disease is the number one cause of female deaths in the Philippines, with vascular disease ranked second. This makes women in the country today most likely to die of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than other common illnesses such as diabetes, pneumonia, andtuberculosis. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association (AHA) also says that coronary heart disease is the number one single killer of women aged over 25.
Unfortunately, this fact is not widely known to many women as reported by “Project EVA: Evaluation of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Filipino Women on Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Factors in Metro Manila (Reyes, et. al.),” a study conducted under the Council on Women’s Cardiovascular Health of the Philippine Heart Association (PHA). The study notes that most women in the Philippines think they will most likely die of cancer than of cardiovascular disease. This is not so different from AHA findings that only 13 percent of women view heart disease as a health threat.
To raise awareness and reduce cardiovascular risk among women in the Philippines, the Heart Institute of St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City (SLMC-GC) / BGC Taguig City recently opened a unit dedicated to women and heart disease. The Women’s Heart Health Unit (WHHU) serves as a unique venue for women to seek and receive education and information about cardiovascular risks, as well as avail themselves of CV risk assessment and consults.
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