Risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease high in less af­flu­ent ar­eas, says the HPA

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Peo­ple in New Taipei City, Taitung County and Hualien County have a higher risk of de­vel­op­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease than those in other re­gions be­cause they tend to smoke and drink heav­ily and lack ex­er­cise, the Health Pro­mo­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (HPA) said Fri­day.

In 2002, the stan­dard­ized death rate for peo­ple 30-70 years old as a re­sult of vas­cu­lar dis­ease -in­clud­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and di­a­betes -- was 115.9 per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion. The fig­ure dropped by 23 per­cent to 89.2 in 2013. Taitung County and Hs­inchu City, which saw their death rates fall by 10 per­cent and 12 per­cent, re­spec­tively, were the ar­eas with the small­est de­crease.

Ac­cord­ing to the HPA, such health in­equal­ity due to the ur­ban­rural gap is also re­flected in the risk fac­tors for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

In the rank­ings for such risk fac­tors, New Taipei City, Taitung County and Hualien County had the high­est scores, the HPA said.

HPA Direc­tor-Gen­eral Chiu Shuti said the sit­u­a­tion is re­lated to the low so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus of lo­cal res­i­dents and their lack of re­sources.

In New Taipei, which got a score of 14, peo­ple smoke and drink too much and lack ex­er­cise, Chiu said.

In Taitung and Hualien, peo­ple not only need ex­er­cise, but also need to smoke and drink less and lose weight, she said.

The HPA uses smok­ing, obe­sity, lack of ex­er­cise, and al­co­hol con­sump­tion as the four main risk fac­tors for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. In each cat­e­gory, there is a score of 1-4, with 4 in­di­cat­ing the high­est risk.

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