Every second person in our country dies from circulatory diseases. Liana Barseghyan, Head of the Hospital Medical Care Policy Division of the Medical Care Policy Department of the RA Ministry of Health, stated such information in the “Armenpress” press hall today. According to him, non-communicable diseases in Armenia make up 85% of the diseases and the diseases of the circulatory system have a large share in it, making 45%.
The highest rate of myocardial infarction is in Lori region, which Liana Barseghyan considered disturbing.
Hamlet Hayrapetyan, a cardiologist at the RA Ministry of Health, said that the number of newly diagnosed cases of myocardial infarction and ischemic diseases is increasing year by year, which is conditioned by people’s lifestyle. According to the doctor, apart from the hereditary factor, the majority of people with diseases of the circulatory system do not have a health culture. They smoke, eat foods rich in fats and toxins, do not watch for excess weight, show physical inactivity.
Due to the high incidence of the disease, the “life-saving” program has been introduced in our country since 2015, which is free of charge, regardless of social status and age group. Liana Barseghyan said that the program has been revised and expanded. If before, in case of acute myocardial infarction, a non-drug stent service was provided, from 2018 stenting is performed with a drug stent. According to the ministry specialist, coronary artery bypass grafting has been performed since 2019 in case of acute myocardial infarction. He said that the program is being implemented in hospitals in Yerevan and two regions, Syunik and Shirak. Later the Lori region was also included.
In 2015, the number of beneficiaries of the “life-saving” program was 1,500 citizens, in 2021, 2,200 people received emergency cardiac care. Liana Barseghyan said that the program is mainly used by people aged 60 to 65, 70% of whom are men. “In 2015, 500 million drams were provided for the program, but by the end of the program, 950 million drams had already been spent, that is, additional funds were allocated. 1 billion 650 million drams is envisaged for this program from the state budget for 2022. ”
According to Hamlet Hayrapetyan, this is a unique program, which has not been stopped for any reason since the beginning, no beneficiary has been left out for financial or other reasons. “But that does not mean we have no room for improvement. “Science is evolving, medicine is evolving, we can include all kinds of heart attacks in this program in the future.”
However, Hamlet Hayrapetyan considered it worrying that even the operated patients do not monitor their health and because of that they return to the surgery for the second or third time, using the “life-saving” program. “The program does not limit the fact that the patient can use the program once, but patients must take certain medications after the operation and give up bad habits, but they do not do it and considering that the operation is given to them for free, ignore the advice and reappear. in the operating room. “