Heart at­tack, stroke can be pre­vented this Christ­mas Sea­son

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Harth­well Capis­trano

In­crease in cases of heart at­tack and other car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, which in­clude stroke cases are noted ev­ery hol­i­day sea­son, es­pe­cially on Christ­mas hol­i­day when there are a lot of fes­tiv­i­ties and food on the ta­ble, but these are highly pre­ventable, an ex­pert in heart dis­ease said.

Dr. Jer­miah Butch Ge­marino, a car­di­ol­o­gist based in Ad­ven­tist Hospi­tal Palawan, said that the high oc­cur­rence of these dis­eases are due to food in­take and stress this month of De­cem­ber.

“The in­ci­dence of these dis­eases rise dur­ing the hol­i­days be­cause of di­etary in­dis­cre­tion and the ‘stresses’ brought about by Christ­mas par­ties, re­unions when peo­ple of­ten­times for­get to take their main­te­nance meds,” Dr. Ge­marino told Palawan Daily News.

“Every­thing in mod­er­a­tion. It is pos­si­ble that pa­tients on main­te­nance meds can still en­joy the hol­i­days with­out get­ting into trou­ble. Don’t for­get to drink your meds on time. Mon­i­tor your blood pres­sure and heart rate on a daily ba­sis. Be vig­i­lant of the warn­ing signs,” Dr. Ge­marino added.

Peo­ple should watch out for the signs and symp­toms, which are: ab­nor­mal vi­tal signs like BP 150 mmHg and above or 80 mmHg and be­low, too fast heart rate if more than 120 bpm or too slow of less than 50 beats per minute; chest pain; pal­pi­ta­tions; dizzi­ness; nape pains; blur­ring of vi­sion; numb­ness or loss of strength in a lo­cal­ized ex­trem­ity or face; slur­ring of speech; short­ness of breath or dif­fi­culty of breath­ing; pro­gres­sive ex­trem­ity edema; feel­ing of drown­ing while ly­ing down.

“If ever pa­tients ex­pe­ri­ence the warn­ing signs, they can have an emer­gency room con­sul­ta­tion in Ad­ven­tist Hospi­tal Palawan, MMGPPC Co­op­er­a­tive Hospi­tal, or Ospi­tal ng Palawan for proper as­sess­ment and in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Dr. Ge­marino said.

Heart dis­eases, dis­eases of the vas­cu­lar sys­tem are the top­most lead­ing causes of death in the Philip­pines as con­firmed by the Depart­ment of Health.

Usu­ally an in­take of food which is high in choles­terol, specif­i­cally those that are clas­si­fied as LDL or low den­sity lipopro­tein, com­monly re­ferred to as bad choles­terol, can cause buildup on the wall of ar­ter­ies form­ing a block­age termed as ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis.

While HDL or high­den­sity lipopro­tein (HDL), the good choles­terol, works to clear choles­terol from the blood, it is nec­es­sary to lower the con­sump­tion of sat­u­rated fat, trans fats and sugars, and in­creas­ing the amount of fiber and plant­based diet.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion ad­vised that one should have a healthy liv­ing habits: eat­ing a healthy diet, main­tain­ing a healthy weight, get­ting enough phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, not smok­ing or us­ing other forms of to­bacco and lim­it­ing [or bet­ter not tak­ing] al­co­hol.

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