By By Fernan A. Gianan
Virac hospital’s new device for heart patients
posted 14-Jul-2018  ·  
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Dr. Rene Reyes, the consulting cardiologist of the Immaculate Heart of Mary hospital in Virac has good news for heart patients in Catanduanes: the hospital recently installed a new, 24 hour-ambulatory ECG monitoring facility (Holter monitoring) in its Heart Station.

Holter monitoring is a diagnostic modality that can detect irregular heart rhythms that may result in palpitations, dizziness, loss of consciousness and even sudden death. It can also show ECG changes resulting from coronary artery disease (CAD) or blocks in the arteries of the heart as well as aid in the analysis of artificial pacemaker function.

A small gadget the size of a small wallet is hooked to a patient for 24 hours and records all heart beats during the patient's waking and sleeping hours, with the recording is then computer analyzed then interpreted by a cardiologist, Dr. Reyes said.

The equipment complements the other heart facilities in the hospital like the 12 lead ECG, stress testing and 2D echo Doppler.

“To our patients in Catanduanes, you don't have to go to Manila for this test. It is right here in our province,” the St. Luke’s Medical Center heart specialist stated as he thanked IHMH founder Edna Segismundo for responding to the health needs of Catanduanes.


For lack of space in the Tribune news section, this column accommodates the following announcement from the Philippine Statistics Authority:

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will conduct the July 2018 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES). The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. The LFS aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market. It also provides statistics on levels and trends of employment, unemployment and underemployment for the country and regions.

The FIES is a survey on family income and expenditure of households across the country. FIES aims to gather data on family income, sources of income, family expenditure and related information affecting family income and expenditure levels and patterns in the Philippines. It also provides inputs in the estimation of the country’s poverty threshold and incidence.

In the province, one thousand five hundred forty-two (1, 542) sample households will be interviewed by hired Statistical Researchers in one hundred eighteen (118) sample barangays from July 8-31, 2018.

The authority and mandate of the PSA to conduct the survey emanates from R.A. 10625. Like any other surveys undertaken by the PSA, the data that will be gathered in the said survey are for statistical purposes only and will be published in summary forms. Information obtained from the respondents shall be held STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and shall not be used for investigation, taxation and law enforcement purposes and shall not be divulged to any person except authorized PSA personnel acting in the performance of their duties.


    Last week’s launching of the “E-POWER MO” energy efficiency and conservation campaign of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of E nergy (DOE) will not end with the forum. Sponsors will soon begin an info drive here.


CONFESSIONS. While attending a convention, three psychiatrists take a walk.

    “People are always coming to us with their guilt and fears,” one says,  “but we have no one tol go with our problems. Since we’re all professionals, why don’t we listen to each other?”

    The first psychiatrist confesses, “I’m a compulsive gambler and deeply in debt, so I overcharge patients as often as I can.”

    The second admits, “I have a drug problem that’s out of control, and I frequently pressure my patients into buying illegal drugs for me.”

    The third psychiatrist says, “I just can’t keep a secret…”

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