MANILA, Philippines - Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among Filipinos, accounting for 1 out of every 5 deaths in the past year, according to the National Statistics Office.
The NSO said heart disease was cited as the cause of 100,908 deaths or 21% percent of the 480,820 deaths reported from January 2009 to March 2010.
Cerebrovascular disease came second, with 56,670 Filipinos dying of the illness during the period while cancer was the third top killer with 47,732 deaths.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona earlier said 90% of Filipinos are exposed to one or more risk factors that trigger the progression of heart disease.
The NSO said two-thirds of the total deaths in the country were not medically attended to.
More males died (279,513) than females (201,307) during the period.
Median age at death
The NSO said the Median age at death was 62.7, with 59.6 for males and 67.9 for females.
The top three regions in terms of the number of deaths were in the National Capital Region (67,031 or 13.94%); Region IV-A (66,916 or 13.92%) and Region III (56,290 or 11.7%).
The NSO said more infants died compared to children ages 1-4. A total of 21,659 babies died during the period compared to only 9,837 deaths among kids ages 1-4.
More males died among infants than females.
The lowest number of deaths occurred at age group 10-14 with 4,892 deaths.