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RO9 PHHeartMonthWe all know that February is the month of hearts since most of us celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. But do you know that February is also Philippine Heart Month? It was declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 1096 signed on January 9, 1973 to promote awareness on various heart diseases as serious and growing health concerns among Filipinos.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), heart diseases are among the leading causes of death in the country. With 47.1% prevalence, the leading cause of heart disease in the country is rheumatic fever. It is an inflammatory disease that can develop into rheumatic heart disease when streptococcal throat infection or scarlet fever isn’t properly treated. This has been followed by hypertensive (17.2%), and atherosclerosis, the buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on your artery walls which can restrict blood flow with 15.5%.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) gives the biggest chunk of the annual fatalities for non-communicable diseases with 17.5 million deaths each year. Comparing it to cancer, the latter only makes 8.2 million of the non-communicable disease deaths each year. It is very alarming that at least three-quarters of the global fatalities for CVDs come from middle-to-lower income countries. In fact, the Filipino population is at higher risk for cardiovascular disease-related deaths than that of countries like the United States.

Various initiatives and events have taken place over the years to celebrate Philippine Heart Month. One of which is The Heart Fair organized by the Philippine Heart Association where activities and lectures are being conducted. Unfortunately, face-to-face activities and programs are now encouraged to be held online because of the pandemic. In line with this, the Philippine Heart Association, Inc. and Philippine College of Cardiology invite you to Heart Month 2021: A virtual media conference to be held on 06 February at 9AM via Zoom and FB live.

If you are interested, here are the details of the event:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86917783647
Meeting ID: 869 1778 3647
Passcode: PHA

Watch Live via PHA Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/philheart.org/

 

AA VI Cielo Katrina M. Mabalot

 

References:

1. “DID YOU KNOW? February is Philippine Heart Month” from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1085528/did-you-know-february-is-philippine-heart-month-2

2. “All there is to know about Philippine Heart Month” from https://seriousmd.com/blog/philippine-heart-month/

3. “Heart disease in the Philippines” from https://www.ajconline.org/article/0002-9149(62)90323-5/fulltext#:~:text=The%20leading%20cause%20of%20heart,15.5%20per%20cent)%20heart%20disease.

4. “Heart Month 2021” from https://www.philheart.org/index.php/component/content/article/7-pha-news/875-heart-month-2021?Itemid=435