JAKARTA, Beritasatu.com – Compliance and regularity of taking medication for heart disease is still low and must be improved. This is very important to do for the patient’s recovery.
“Currently, there are 16.8 million people with heart disease in Indonesia, with an age domination of people with 45-65 years of 6.88 million. Therefore, a solution is needed for people with heart disease to increase regularity in taking medication, ”said a cardiologist and Chairman of the Association of Cardiovascular in Surabaya, Dr. dr. Achmad Lefi, SpJP (K), FIHA in a talkshow as well as the inauguration of the Lifepack digital pharmacy service in Surabaya, which was held online.
In addition, continued Dr. Achmad, heart sufferers and their family or closest people must also understand and recognize heart disease. “In general, a heart attack is a closed heart condition or sudden clotting occurs due to the absence of oxygen nutrient intake into the chest. There are several signs that someone is having a heart attack, including pain, tenderness, or discomfort in the center of the chest. The pain then spreads to the left arm, shoulder, back, neck like a choking feeling. Then followed by shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, so that you can faint, “explained Dr. Achmad.
Natali Ardianto, CEO of Lifepack & Jovee added, based on data from the 2018 Basic Health Research (Riskesdas), there are three chronic diseases with the highest sufferers in East Java. Hypertension is in first place with a total of 11,481,333 patients, followed by 599,339 heart disease sufferers, and finally stroke disease with a total of 391,984 sufferers.
“The city of Surabaya has quite a high number of chronic disease sufferers, including hypertension, heart disease and stroke. Therefore, as a digital pharmacy that provides innovation for sufferers of chronic disease, these sufferers need help to increase awareness of medical adherence or medication adherence, “said Natali.
One solution, said Natali, is the use of a single-use blister pack or medicine box. This medicine box is arranged based on the time of consumption, morning, afternoon, evening, and night. In this medicine box, there is complete information in each box with details such as the date of drug consumption, time of drug consumption, and the patient’s name on the medicine box. In addition, through the Lifepack application, there is a drug consumption reminder feature.
“We hope that the blister pack and medication reminder feature can help improve adherence to treatment, especially for sufferers of chronic disease,” concluded Natali.