SANTO DOMINGO. – Santiago Hazim, executive director of SeNaSa, said that the implementation of programs through First Level Care Centers and public-private centers allows to orient and educate members of different regimes and plans that have a prior diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
“An educated member can reduce your risk of heart complications. We currently have 189,176 members diagnosed with hypertension at First Level Care Centers who are accompanied and guided by educational talks that contribute to reducing the risk of complications. Primary Care allows us to intervene in non-infectious pathologies with a greater emphasis on hypertension and diabetes,” said Dr. Hazim.
The executive director, about the celebration of “World Heart Day”, together with other collaborators of the Health Management of the Institution, stated that the only way to prevent this type of condition that can cause other damage is to guide one healthy lifestyle.
On his part, Dr. José Báez, who is in charge of prevention and promotion at SeNaSa, stated that with the promotion and prevention they do “we try to avoid complications that could lead our members to premature death or cause problems in their quality of life life. .” , in their personal and even professional development.”
He showed that these diseases cause complications even in very young patients, where previously “an acute myocardial infarction or stroke was rarely seen, events that are common in the elderly. However, today, the frequency of these events in young people increases every day. These complications can be easily reduced or avoided if we make appropriate interventions through health promotion, educating about personal and family self-care to all members with an emphasis on those who have cardiovascular diseases, or are known to have risk factors, as we do. from the National Health Insurance.”
In the same way, Dr. Williams Cuello, health manager of that administration, explained that this strategy is used in different regimes and plans; “The programs seek to intervene in a timely manner in the risk factors of our members that precede the development of hypertension, knowing that this silent condition does not have specific or exclusive symptoms because it’s multifactorial and that’s why there’s a large population that has the condition but doesn’t know it.”
Dr. Cuello commented that the actions developed from the promotion are the most important, which consists of educating the member about what steps they should take into account and that the members can be a little more familiar with them.
Doctors cited that among these risk factors for the development of heart disease may be family history, smoking, poor diet, lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption, hypertension, diabetes and obesity, is that it is extremely important for the population to make a change in their lifestyle and take care of their health.