Deaths from coronary heart disease have increased by 28% as a result of the pandemic, according to experts.
MANILA, Philippines — According to a health specialist, deaths from coronary heart disease climbed by 28% in the first 10 months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
Dr. Gilbert Vilela, president of the Philippine Heart Association, described the rise as “alarming” and “frightening” in a televised public briefing.
According to Vilela, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shows that mortality from coronary heart disease increased by 28% from January to October 2021, compared to the same time in 2020, when the pandemic began.
“This occurred during the pandemic, so ibig sabihin may epekto talaga ang pandemic sa (This occurred during the epidemic, so the pandemic has an effect on) cardiovascular illness,” he remarked.
According to the latest PSA data, coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death among Filipinos, accounting for more than 17.9% of all deaths.
According to Vilela, individuals are afraid to go to the hospital for check-ups and do not buy medicines, instead of enduring the symptoms, which has resulted in an increase in cardiovascular disease cases.
Many people experienced worry and mental stress as a result of the pandemic.
These, according to Vilela, caused a large systemic inflammation of the vascular system, causing nerve blockage.
“Iyong mga taong may sakit sa puso puwedeng matulak sa heart attack,” said one of the participants. Iyon namang mga taong walang sakit sa puso, puwedeng magkasakit sa puso Those who do not already have heart disease may develop it),” he explained.
Anxiety and mental stress cause actions that are harmful to one’s heart and circulatory system.
“For example, nadadalas sila ng kain ng mga bawal ang pagkain – comfort food ‘ika nga,” says the author. But, nakabalita ka na ng gulay o lumpiang sariwa ng comfort food? Iyong mamantika ang comfort food nila (they frequently consume unhealthy food, such as comfort food). Have you ever heard of comfort food made entirely of veggies, such as fresh lumpia? “They’re comfort food), deep fried, maalat, and so on – it absolutely contributes to the problem,” Vilela explained.
To combat the anxiety and mental stress brought on by the pandemic, he asked people to watch out for changes in their loved one’s behavior.
If heart-to-heart chats and encouragements do not work, a psychologist or psychiatrist should be consulted, he suggested.
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