It’s World Heart Day today, and Philips is highlighting the importance of early detection of heart disease with its heart health quiz to increase individual awareness of risk factors and early symptoms to encourage early detection and preventive care.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death globally. Unfortunately it is also a clinically silent disease.
Take this one-minute quiz here to learn more about the early detection of heart disease – early symptoms, risk factors and lifestyle habits – and share with your loved ones this World Heart Day.
Findings from Philips’ Annual Future Health Index 2019 unveiled how healthcare practitioners are recommending the use of digital health technology to track health data, just as patients are seeking greater access to data for better empowerment of their health.
More details below on the findings of the Future Health Index 2019.
Globally, ischemic heart disease (IHD) is the top cause of death.In Singapore, 17 people die from cardiovascular disease every day, accounting for 29 percent of all deaths in 2018.
“Cardiovascular disease is a key health concern in Singapore and we are encouraged by Philips’ efforts to develop a quiz that helps to improve the understanding of heart disease, especially around the individual risk factors and early symptoms. We would like the public to be more conscious of their heart health, especially of their preventable risk factors, and make the necessary healthier lifestyle changes,” shared Vernon Kang, Singapore Heart Foundation CEO.
However, one out of two Singaporeans perceive having little or no personal risk of getting heart disease, while close to half rated their general knowledge of heart disease as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’, which suggests a false sense of safety created by this awareness gap.
The Future Health Index 2019 report indicated that Singaporean healthcare professionals advise their patients to track key indicators of health such as their blood pressure (61%), physical activity (57%) and weight (53%) via digital health technology or mobile health apps.
However, Singaporeans fall below the 15-country average (47%) in contacting healthcare professionals and taking action based on the health-related data they have collected (34%).
Empowered heart patients are more satisfied patients
According to the Future Health Index, individuals who have a medical history of cardiac health issues are more likely than individuals overall to agree that they use digital health technology or mobile health apps because they make them feel more in control of their health (38% vs 34%).
“We developed the quiz to help the public recognize risk factors and early symptoms of heart disease based on global as well as Asia specific research and insights. This is part of our efforts to enable consumers to be more aware of individual heart health and lifestyle habits that impact it, and to encourage early detection of heart disease. This is where we see a clear opportunity for consumers to be empowered with self-monitoring and conscious self-care, and to share the data proactively with their healthcare practitioners to enable heart disease prevention and early stage screening for improved heart health,” said Ivy Lai, Country Manager, Philips Singapore.
Individuals with a medical history of cardiac health issues are also more likely than individuals overall to share health data from digital health technology or mobile health apps most, every time they meet with their healthcare professional (26% vs 23%).
Cardiologists are seeing this trend in their practice as well, as they are more likely than healthcare professionals overall to report that at least a few of their patients share data from digital health technology or mobile health apps with them on an ongoing basis (71% vs 58%) as well as most/every time they meet (78% vs 62%).
When patients share data with their healthcare professionals, they perceive the quality of care they receive to be higher (74% vs 66%).
Increasing the usage of digital health technology among Singaporean individuals and encouraging reciprocal data sharing with their healthcare professionals could empower patients to adopt a more proactive attitude towards their health management and ultimately improve healthcare outcomes.