Tackling Cardiovascular Disease-Associated Chronic Conditions (CDACC)

CDACC are conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and stroke, which are related to diseases that afflict the cardiovascular system.

We conducted a health screening for all 4 villages we serve in May 2018 to investigate the prevalence of CDACC. Besides the health screening, we also administered a health questionnaire as part of our door-to-door interviews to ascertain the villagers’ knowledge with regards to CDACC. Through these, we found serious gaps in their knowledge of CDACCs which should be promptly addressed through suitable educational means.

KEY FINDINGS:

  • More than half of the total villagers screened had never gone for a CDACC screening before

  • More than 6 in 10 screened had abnormal screening results and could be diagnosed with a CDACC

  • Almost 9 in 10 of the survey respondents did not know what a stroke was

  • 3 in 4 of the survey respondents did not know what a heart attack was

  • 3 in 10 who were aware of strokes/heart attacks have misconceptions of symptoms (eg develop sudden memory loss) and treatment (eg going to a quiet place)

  • More than 9 in 10 who were unaware of strokes/heart attacks did not know what increases the chances of getting strokes/heart attacks

  • More than 3 in 4 would not know what to do if someone in the village suffered from a stroke/heart attack

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In December 2018, we plan to act on our screening and health questionnaire results in May. Thus, we intend to do follow-up for screening participants that were at risk of developing CDACC and their complications as well as education on CDACC to address the knowledge gaps.