Heart disease tops 2014 causes of death PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 17:43

Heart disease topped the list of prevalent causes of death in 2014, according to City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos.

Agbulos said heart disease has been consistent in the causes of death every year. Second is Cardiovascular (CVD) and Cerebrovascular Disease (CVA) like hypertension and stroke.

Pneumonia ranks number three in the list followed by Cancer (of all types)/ Gunshot wounds, stab wounds, diabetes and its complications are also included in the list.

Heart disease can be caused by heart defects that a person is born with such as congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, excessive use of alcohol or caffeine, drug abuse and stress.

Doctors also regard some over-the counter medications, prescription medicines, dietary supplements and herbal remedies as among the causes of heart disease.

Heart diseases however may be prevented through lifestyle changes. Health officials suggest the following – quit smoking, control other health conditions such as high blood pressure,  high cholesterol and diabetes, exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week, eat a diet that is low in salt and saturated fat, maintain a healthy wait, reduce and manage stress and practice good hygiene. — Ella Dee Phuddih Cruz/WMSU OJT/City Hall