Youthful employees were told to watch their lifestyle as heart patients are becoming younger and younger.

Dr. Kathleen Rose B. Mata, a Cardiothoracic Surgery Consultant at the Philippine Heart Institute in the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) bared during the Provincial Monthly Convocation that people who are having heart problems are now becoming younger.

“More specifically for coronary artery disease, it is actually before a ‘disease of the old. But nowadays, the patients are getting younger. We have already patients as young as 40 years old having heart attacks,” Mata said, citing that the heart condition is the most common type of acquired classification.

This disease blocks the blood vessels causing decreased blood flow to the heart. This identifies chest pain as the common symptom.

Mata added that heart cases are significantly increasing in the country and improper lifestyle is observed to trigger this cardiac failure.

“As of now in the Philippines, we have increasing rates already because of our lifestyle problems and comorbidities like hypertension and diabetes which also came from [unbalanced] diet, smoking and less exercise,”Mata revealed.

On this pressing health issue, Governor Anthony del Rosario calls on every capitol department to promote healthy activities and behaviour, while fully occupied with daily routines at work.

“Every office should be a sanctuary, protecting the safety and well-being of our employees, while giving them prospects for better long-term health and productivity,” the governor said.


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