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

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