Residents can receive free heart health consultations from today

Residents can receive free heart health consultations from today
Residents can receive free heart health consultations from today
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Marking “Heart (less) Ability Days”, from today citizens will be able to receive free heart health consultations with cardiologists about heart failure, the most common co-morbidities, the most common risk factors, opportunities to change lifestyle and other issues in cooperation with the online medical consultation clinic “Medon”, the agency LETA informed the association “ParSirdi.lv”.

This month, during the “Heart (less) Ability Days”, experts want to educate the public and find an opportunity to learn more about these diagnoses from specialists, provide an opportunity to check health and strengthen it with healthy activities. On the other hand, experts remind decision-makers that timely and accessible diagnosis and treatment of heart failure not only improve patients’ health and survival, but also reduce costs associated with preventable hospitalizations and deaths.

Signing up for a heart health consultation also includes completing a free heart health test with the option to make entries in a digital patient diary. Free consultations are limited, but the heart health assessment tool and patient diary are free for anyone to use.

Heart failure often develops from other diseases or, on the contrary, is caused by them. These related diseases are called comorbidities. The most common comorbidities suffered by heart failure patients are irregular heartbeat or rhythm disorders, hypertension, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, iron deficiency, as well as mental health problems and others.

According to international research data, approximately 30% of heart failure patients have type 2 diabetes, 33-64% of heart failure patients have chronic kidney disease, while 50% of type 2 diabetes patients have developed chronic kidney disease. Such a condition, when patients have both cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and/or kidney disease, is called cardio-renal-metabolic disorders, and they affect more than a billion people in the world.

On the other hand, the data collected in Latvia from the report of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control “Cardiovascular diseases and comorbidity” show that the most common co-morbidity among Latvian residents, which is not another cardiovascular disease, is diabetes. It was noted as a secondary diagnosis in 15.9% of cases, mostly for such causes of death as acute myocardial infarction, hypertensive diseases, cerebral infarction. Diabetes as a secondary diagnosis is more often noted in older persons and women.

Inese Mauriņa, head of the patient association “ParSirdi.lv”, draws attention to the fact that, although it can be successfully treated in many cases, heart failure is a frequent cause of hospitalization and death. It can also be found among young people, but its prevalence increases rapidly with age – in the age group over 80 it is 12 to 14% of the population. Early diagnosis of these diseases, as well as coordinated treatment of heart failure and comorbidities, are important for the successful treatment of both heart failure and comorbidities.

The article is in Latvian

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