This year's World Heart Day theme will focus on: a life-course approach to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with a focus on women and children ... because healthy children lead to healthy adults and healthy adults lead to healthy families and communities.

WHD 2013

It's HEART MONTH once again! Join us on February 16, 2013, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (Basketball Covered Court), for a day of heart-healthy fun. Free ECG, BP, fasting blood sugar, and blood cholesterol will be available. HEART WELLNESS IS A FAMILY BUSINESS! So bring everyone in your family, okay?

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By Gynna P. Gagelonia
 
PHA-Cainta Heart Fair draws more Healthy Lifestyle (HL) awareness.
 
At least 1,500 people trooped to the People’s Center in Cainta, Rizal to avail of free risk factor screenings (consultation, blood pressure taking, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar tests and electrocardiogram) for adults and children (including rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease diagnosis) and to attend the basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation demonstration, majority were the local barangay health workers (BHWs).
 
Around 421 of the 1,500 were returning and new adult and pedia patients who were issued PHA HL passports during the World Heart Day Fair 2011 on 26 September 2011.  The HL passport shows the results of the diagnostic tests and their cardiac risks in 10 years.
 
More than half of the women and men who  were  assessed last September 26, 2012  were diagnosed to be hypertensive or suffering from high blood pressure. A few were at risk of acquiring heart disease in 10 years. Both the results of their previous and follow-up tests would be used in the data gathering for the risk factor/CVD prevalence in Cainta, with the help of the municipal hospital.
 
The female-dominated BHWs have been empowered to do major tasks as advocates of a healthy home, barangay, town and nation. These women who have assumed multi-roles fall prey to lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes that may be triggered by many factors including neglect, stress at home and at work.
 
High blood pressure now takes almost half of women over the age of 45 and about 40 percent have abnormal cholesterol. High levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol protect women before the age of 56, but because of the deterioration of lifestyle habits that now include smoking, low HDL levels is a potential unrecognized risk factor in women added to lack of exercise and weight problems. 

by Gynna P. Gagelonia     

     On 29 September 2012, the sudden downpour did not dampen the enthusiasm of nearly 1,000 Makati residents at the Makati City Hall grounds to celebrate World Heart Day (WHD) with the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), which marked the global celebration with risk factor screenings, inter-high school jump rope competition and mother/child dance contest and lay lectures on healthy lifestyle.

     “One World, One Home, One Heart” was adopted from the WHD Celebration 2011, but this year’s theme focused on educating women to take action and adopt heart-healthy behavior not only to prevent exposure to risk factors for themselves but also for the well-being of their children.

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