February Heart Month

    February 7, 2017

    In the data of World Health Organization (WHO) published in May 2014, the Coronary Heart Disease is the top cause of death in the Philippines with 87,881 deaths or 16.86% of total deaths making us rank 29th in the world (source: World Life Expectancy).

    Some Facts & Figures:

    • Heart disease (which includes Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases) is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 787,000 people alone in 2011.

    • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial/ethnic groups in the United States, including African Americans, Hispanics and Whites. For Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, heart disease is second only to cancer.

    • Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

    • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.

    • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.

    • About 720,000 people in the U.S. suffer heart attacks each year. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

    • In 2011, about 326,200 people experienced out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States. Of those treated by emergency medical services, 10.6 percent survived. Of the 19,300 bystander-witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the same year, 31.4 percent survived.


    • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

    • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

    • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.

    • Only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

    • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

    • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.

    • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood.

    1. Sources: CDC.gov – Heart Disease Facts
    American Heart Association – 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Update, compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH and other governmental sources

    WAYS TO CARE FOR OUR HEART (source: Department of Health)

    •  Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke

    • Maintain ideal body weight

    • Monitor blood pressure

    • Exercise regularly

    • Eat healthy food

    • Avoid excessive alcohol intake

    January is Liver Cancer & Viral Hepatitis Awareness and Prevention Month

    January 20, 2017

    The liver, found below the right lung and under the ribcage, is the largest internal organ of the human body weighing approximately 3lbs. The wide range of functions of the liver includes detoxification, synthesizing proteins, breaking down fats, and production of biochemicals that are essential for digestion. Hepatic cancer, commonly known as liver cancer is a kind of cancer that starts in the liver itself. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer. Liver metastasis or secondary liver cancers are those that originate from other parts of the body and reached the liver such as colon cancer, lung cancer, renal cancer, ovarian cancer & prostate cancer. In 2016, liver cancer is the 10th most common cancer in the United States and the 5th most common cause of cancer death among men while the 8th most common cause of cancer death among women as reported by Cancer.Net.

    People diagnosed with HCC may experience no symptoms, but when signs do occur they include the following:

    • Pain at the top right of the abdominal area, near the right shoulder blade, or in the back

    • Unexplained weight loss

    • A hard lump under the ribs on the right side of the body

    • Weakness or fatigue

    Below are the risk factors in developing HCC:

    1. Viral hepatitis– This is the largest risk factor for this type of cancer worldwide.

    2. Cirrhosis– This develops when liver cells are damaged and replaced by scar tissue, commonly caused by alcohol abuse. Other causes are viral hepatitis (types B and C), too much iron in the liver from a disease called hemochromatosis, and some other rare types of chronic liver disease.

    3. Obesity, NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), and diabetes– Obesity causes fat to be deposited in the liver, leading to a condition known as NAFLD. Strong evidence has emerged suggesting that NAFLD and diabetes are increasingly important risk factors for HCC in the United States.

    4. Age-It is also known in the USA that this liver cancer occurs mostly in people aged 60 & above.

    5. Gender-The males are more likely to develop this kind of cancer than the females.

    6. Environmental factors-There are environmental factors that may increase the risk for developing this kind of cancer such as exposure to certain chemicals or eating aflatoxin-contaminated foods. Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crops such as maize (corn), peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts.


    While a vaccine can prevent healthy people from contracting hepatitis B virus, alcohol avoidance may prevent the occurrence of cirrhosis of the liver. Because of the correlation of obesity and NAFLD, people are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle by following a balanced diet and engaging in appropriate physical activities.

    BSA Clinic now with Xray facility

    January 7, 2016

    As 2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey, an excellent time to start new endeavors & make big change happen according to some Feng Shui experts, AMS is set to have a full blast operation of its Ortigas Clinic Branch soon. The newly acquired Xray facility , is now ready to accommodate patients from the northern segment of the metropolis. The posh clinic’s strategic location at Unit 715, 7/F, BSA Twin Towers, Bank Drive, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City make it accessible to those who live in the nearby cities.

Clinic Hours

Clinic Hours

Due to inclement weather we are experiencing today (September 12,2017), our clinic will close early at 2:00pm.

Regular clinic hours will resume tommorrow until further notice.

Thank you.


Regular Clinic Hours

Monday to Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm


8:00 am to 11:30 am