Coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death in PH; COVID-19 climbs to 4th place


MANILA, Philippines – Despite two outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the Philippines, coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death among Filipinos from January 2021 to September 2021, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

However, the same PSA data dated Saturday, December 18 also showed that deaths determined to be caused by COVID-19 fell from the 16th in 2020 to the fourth, while unidentified but COVID-19-related deaths are in the eighth. square.

Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 accounted for 34,361 or 7.0% – a jump of 468.7% from the 6,042 deaths in 2020 or 1.3%.

Meanwhile, COVID-19-related deaths with the unconfirmed virus were the seventh leading cause of death with 16,397 or 3.3% – also a slight jump of 1.1% from the 2020 figures of 16 219 or 3.6%.

According to PSA, after coronary heart disease which represented 91,152 or 18.5% of registered deaths, cerebrovascular disease (49,063 or 9.9%) followed, followed by neoplasms or cancers (42,633 or 8.6%) .

Deaths from coronary heart disease are also up 18.7% from 2020 figures, over the same period. In addition, cerebrovascular disease now ranks second, up from the previous third ranking.

“The top three causes of death in the country from January to September 2021 were ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and neoplasms. Incidentally, these were also the leading causes of death during the same period in 2020 with some variation in the ranking, ”PSA said in the report.

“In the first nine months of 2021, ischemic heart disease was the leading cause of death with 91,152 cases, or 18.5% of total deaths in the country. This indicates an increase of about 18.7% from 76,783 deaths or 16.9% of total deaths during the same period of 2020, ”he added.

The following diseases complement the top 10 causes of death in the country:

• diabetes (5th, 32,057 or 6.5%)
• hypertensive diseases (6th, 26,600 or 5.4 percent)
• pneumonia (7th, 22,158 or 4.5 percent)
• COVID-19 but unidentified virus (8th, 16,397 or 3.3%)
• other heart diseases (9th, 16,186 or 3.3%)
• chronic diseases of the lower respiratory tract (10th, 15,018 or 3.0%)

PSA, however, clarified that the data collected may differ from the final tally, and with Ministry of Health records, especially since Filipinos overseas who died were not yet included.

“The information presented includes deaths occurring from January to September 2021 based on the data files received by the PSA – Civil Registration Service (CRS) from the PSO (Philippine Statistics Offices) on October 29, 2021. Thus, the figures presented here are always preliminary and may differ in the final scoring, ”said PSA.

“The figures in this release, especially for deaths from COVID-19, may differ from that released by the [DOH] because the figures in this release were obtained from death certificates, in particular the descriptions written on the part of the medical certificate, as reviewed by the health officer of the relevant local government unit ” , he added.

Currently, the country is experiencing a downward trend in COVID-19 infections. As of Sunday, the DOH had registered just 203 new cases, while 395 new recoveries brought the number of active infections to 9,729.

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