Spain: ‘Heart Vessels Label’ Valsicares
Spain has become the first country in Europe to adopt a new policy of labeling vessels in spades for people who have had heart attacks.
The government said it was responding to the rising demand for health care, saying it was aiming to increase awareness about the importance of heart disease prevention.
Health Minister Ana Fernández Peralta said in a statement on Friday that the new system, introduced in August, would allow patients to track their own blood pressure and heart rate and alert doctors if there was an increase.
Peralta also said it would give health care professionals more information on the symptoms of heart attacks, as well as the possibility of the patient having an infection or other diseases that may be related to heart disease.
Heart attacks occur when blood clots form in the heart and are passed to the lungs, leading to a pulmonary embolism.
The heart attacks can be fatal, but most of the time they are mild or do not result in serious symptoms.
The change in policy, which takes effect in October, comes as Spain grapples with an increasing number of cases of heart-related illnesses.
The country is currently suffering a major spike in new cases of coronavirus-related deaths.
The new guidelines were designed to increase patients’ awareness about their own health, especially those in need of further tests and treatment, according to Spanish health ministry officials.
But it is not clear if it will have a major impact on the number of heart attack cases or death.