travel & lifestyle blog by ruth dela cruz


How’s Your Heart?

February 17, 2021

How’s your heart? 

Aside from dealing with emotional heartaches, one must also think of the physical condition of the heart. Heart failure, commonly called “pumapalyang puso”, affects thousands of Filipinos and approximately 64 million people worldwide, with half of patients dying within five years of diagnosis. 

AztraZeneca Philippines conducted a roundtable disccussion entitled Love Your Heart: A New Hope for the Failing Heart last February 16, 2021. It is a very enriching discussion where I learned more about prevention, detection and treatment of heart failure. 

Sharing some of the key learnings with you: 

💗 Patients with heart failure experience physical and emotional symptoms. It limits their activities
resulting to poor quality of life. Even when resting, some patients start experiencing shortness of breath and feeling gets heavier and heavier each day. 

💗 Heart failure can be treated and prevented. 

💗 AstraZeneca’s Dapagliflozin has been approved as a treatment option for heart failure, Filipinos can now avail of medication that can mitigate the disease. 

💗 Dapagliflozin has the ability to reduce mortality, prevent hospital admission, improve clinical status, functional capacity, and quality of life. 

💗 AstraZeneca also announced a partnership with the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) to elevate the standardized care and quality improvement efforts for heart failure to promote better awareness, management and options for patients.


Lotis Ramin, AstraZeneca Philippines Country President says, “During this COVID-19 pandemic, people with heart failure are among those at higher risk of complications. Proper disease management will help improve the condition and avoid hospitalization. With the approval of Dapagliflozin for use in adult patients suffering from heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, , we are proud to give hope to the numerous Filipinos affected by heart failure. Through our partnership with PHA, we aim for a comprehensive cardiovascular care program from prevention, timely diagnosis, and management of symptoms for heart failure to create a meaningful difference in the lives of Filipinos.” 

I am also sharing with you some of the tips and good habits I try to incorporate in my daily life to keep my heart healthy and strong: 

1. Keep moving. Exercise everyday even for 10 minutes. 

2. Eat healthy food. It is okay to indulge in chips and sweets, but always do so in moderation. 

3. Manage stressful stimuli. I try to manage my attention and deliberately choose not to consume things that might cause me stress, or anything that would affect my mood.  

I hope you find value in this post. 

Feel free to share with your family and friends. 

Until the next one! 💋

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