By Romeo A. Divinagracia
A little larger than a fist, the normal heart is a strong, muscular pump. Each day, it beats 100,000 times and pumps more than 7,000 liters of blood. In a 70-year lifetime, an average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times. Unfortunately certain conditions and diseases, if left untreated, can damage the heart and compromise its ability to pump sufficient amount of blood, a condition known as heart failure.
By Romeo A. Divinagracia M.D.
One out of four Filipino adults has high blood pressure (hypertension) or a blood pressure (BP) reading equal to or higher than 140/90 millimeter mercury (mmHg). One in 10 Filipino adults has prehypertension or a BP reading in the range of 130-139/85-89 mmHg. These are among the findings of the latest 2008 National Nutrition and Health Survey (NNHeS II Philippine data) published this year.