Meeting. 'XL Semanal' and Novartis held a forum on the high incidence of cardiovascular diseases on Tuesday
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the Canary Islands, throughout Spain and in Europe. And the Canary Islands have the highest mortality rate from heart disease in Spain. On these two axes the meeting was articulated '
Put a heartorganized by the magazine 'XL Semanal', of the Vocento media group, and the pharmaceutical company Novartis.
The event, in collaboration with the Canarian Health Service, was held at the CANARIAS7 facilities, in El Sebadal, in the capital of Gran Canaria.
The meeting was opened by
Mar Cohnen, director of 'XL Semanal' and Natividad Calvente, head of Corporate Affairs at Novartis. A round table was then held on a new approach to the leading cause of death in the Canary Islands, with the participation of Conrado Domínguez, director of the Canarian Health Service; Federico Segura, president of the Canarian Society of Cardiology; Vanessa Déniz, president of Semergen Canarias; Ricardo Curto, president of the Canary Islands with Heart patient association; María Dolores Amador, technician of the General Directorate of Assistance Programs of the SCS, and then a meeting, by way of dialogue, with Joan Carles March, doctor, doctor of Medicine, specialist in Public Health and one of the great promoters of the schools of patients.
Among the issues that were put on the table were the importance of the patient accepting what cardiovascular disease means,
"empower" and to maintain discipline in terms of the guidelines to follow, not only in treatments but in lifestyle.
In this sense, Federico Segura underlined
how many of the patients who have a cardiovascular crisis abandon treatment simply because, once the critical moment has been overcome, they understand that it is no longer necessary to strictly follow the established guidelines.
This was recognized, from the experience of the patient, by Ricardo Curto, who in turn stressed the importance of
these patients, and everyone in general, have easy, face-to-face and regular access to doctorsboth specialists and Primary Care.
Along these lines, Vanessa Déniz lamented the little time available to the Primary Care media: "With three minutes per patient, there is no time for more", with the addition that during the pandemic the waiting lists have skyrocketed by the fact that the population was asked to avoid, except in an emergency, going to health centers.
In this regard, Conrado Domínguez admitted these limitations, but
valued the efforts of public health professionals of the islands to face the stoppage that occurred in the pandemic and the necessary continuity of the programs that the SCS has been developing for years to deal with cardiovascular diseases and their high incidence.
Both the director general of the Canarian Health Service and the rest of the speakers agreed on the importance of the dissemination of healthy lifestyle habits - which help so much to avoid cardiovascular incidents - to be consolidated as one more subject in the classrooms of the islands .
"As a curricular subject," Vanessa Déniz came to defend.
Likewise, it was insisted that, beyond what is merely health and even educational, a transversal approach is necessary, since the health map goes hand in hand with the one that draws the economic and social situation, both in the Canary Islands and throughout Spain.
One of the conclusions, therefore, is that cardiovascular diseases have a high cost in life
s, also from the economic point of view for the health administration and even for its labor impactbut they require structural and multisectoral approaches to tackle solutions with guarantees for the future.
The final section of the day focused on the contributions of Joan Carles March, who highlighted the importance of the emotional factor in dealing with cardiovascular disease.
He stressed the benefits of patient schools, not only because of what it means for the patient to know their pathology, but also because they share experiences with other patients who, like him, have the same problem and overcome it.
Along these lines, he insisted on the importance of the patient not feeling alone and that his environment help him to live with the disease.