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More Pinoys at greater risk to heart attack Kia Motors posts 3.1% global sales growth in October
CORONARY ARTERY disease (CAD) is considered as one of the deadliest illnesses in the Philippines. It’s so deadly because blood flow to the heart is restricted due to hardened or narrowed arteries. Narrowing of the arteries may be due to plaque, which is made up of fat, cholesterol and other substances found in the blood. When the plaque builds up, the condition leads to atherosclerosis. The narrowed arteries constrict the flow of oxygenrich blood to the heart and if left untreated, CAD may lead to angina or, worse, heart attack. Symptoms of angina include chest pain or discomfort and feeling of tightness or heaviness in the chest. Pain may also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back, and may even feel like indigestion. Heart attack occurs when the heart muscles are deprived of oxygen and become damaged, which can lead to serious problems and even death. The National Nutrition and Health Survey conducted by the Food and
Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in cooperation with 14 medical societies and the Department of Health reported that 22.5 percent or two in ten of Filipino adults 20 years old and over showed a higher risk of CAD based on the anginal symptoms of chest pain, heaviness and tightness. The results further revealed that angina based on symptoms is common among females and among those living in rural areas. On the other hand, the prevalence of CAD based on history of previous diagnosis
by a doctor or nurse was 1.3 percent, indicating that only a small proportion of adults is diagnosed with CAD. This alarming problem which affects about 11,000 Filipino adults needs to be urgently addressed by the government and planning bodies to prevent and control fatal heart disease among Filipino adults, said Charmaine A. Duante, senior science research specialist of the FNRI-DOST. Another type of atherosclerotic-related disease which was included in the said survey was the peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and stroke. The cause of PAD is
also atherosclerosis where a person may have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and ischemic heart disease. PAD was determined based on symptoms of calf pain with a prevalence of 4.2 percent, while stroke was based on previous history with a prevalence of 1.2 percent. The proportion of adults aged 20 years old and over who had angina based on symptoms has almost doubled from 12.5 percent in 2003 to 22.5 percent in 2008. This alarming trend is a wake-up call, given the widely recognized body of evidence on the prevalence of these diseases, Duante added. For more information on food and nutrition, contact Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: mcv@fnri. dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@ yahoo.com Telefax: 8372934 and 827-3164, or call: 8372071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www. fnri.dost.gov.ph. eva abille-goyena
n 228,146 Kia vehicles sold in October for 3.1% year-on-year growth KIA MOTORS CORPORATION announced its global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for October 2012, recording a total of 228,146 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 3.1%. In October, Kia posted a year-on-year sales increases of 14.0% in North America (48,880 units sold) and 7.4% in Europe* (49,168 units sold). Meanwhile, October sales in general markets*, Korea and China decreased by 1.5% (41,989 units sold); 1.7% (40,600 units sold); and 2.6% (47,509 units sold) respectively. Cumulatively through the first ten months of 2012, Kia’s global sales have increased by 10.7% year-on-year to reach 2,262,933 units. Europe, North America and China have experienced the highest cumulative gains to date in 2012 of 22.0% (482,335 units sold), 18.1% (545,487 units sold), and 10.4% (403,656 units sold), respectively. Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets for the month of October was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 37,618 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 32,013 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets), D-segment Optima sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 30,885; 21,932; and 18,424 units sold, respectively.