HEART DISEASE TOP CAUSE OF DEATH IN 2022 – PSA
EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ
The Manila Times
HEART disease was the leading cause of death among Filipinos in 2022, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said. Ischemic heart disease, which is caused by narrowed arteries, caused 77,173 deaths in the country from January to September 2022. This represents 18.5 percent of the total deaths in the country. This was followed by cerebrovascular disease with 42,890 deaths. Cancer ranked third, killing 42,497 in the same period. “Deaths due to diabetes mellitus recorded 26,774 cases or 6.4 percent share, making it the fourth leading cause of death, while deaths due to hypertensive diseases, which ranked fifth, recorded 23,971 cases or 5.7 percent share,” PSA said in a statement. In 2021, the leading causes of death were ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular diseases and Covid-19. From January to September 2022, there were 13,883 Covid-19 deaths, 3.3 percent of the total registered deaths. “By classification, Covid-19 with virus identified and Covid-19 virus not identified were both included in the 20 leading causes of death,” the PSA said. “Covid-19 with virus identified was the 11th leading cause of death in the country with 9,749 cases or 2.3 percent of the total deaths. Meanwhile, registered deaths due to Covid-19 with virus not identified accounted for 4,134 or 1.0 percent of the total deaths, making it the 19th leading cause of death,” it added. The National Capital Region (NCR) had the highest number of Covid deaths 3,444 or 24.8 percent of the total Covid-19 deaths from January to September 2022. Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) ranked second with 2,257 deaths (16.3 percent), while Central Luzon came in third with 1,888 deaths (13.6 percent). In NCR, Quezon City reported the highest number of Covid-19 deaths at 659, followed by the cities of Manila and Pasig with 551 and 347, respectively. “On the other hand, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao reported the least number of registered Covid-19 deaths with only 38 cases,” the PSA said.