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Pharex HealthCorp PR Department
October 21, 2010
Easy Access to Hypertension with www.pinoyhighblood.com
October 21, 2010 - EDSA Shangri-la, Ortigas, Pasig City
Now, Filipinos suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure can easily access information on the disease on the Internet in a language they can easily understand with the launch of www.pinoyhighblood.com, the first website on hypertension dedicated to Filipino patients.
A project of the Philippine Heart Association-Council on Hypertension and Pharex HealthCorp, one of the country’s pioneers in generic medicines, the website aims to reach out and educate more Filipinos on hypertension. The website is specially designed to provide relevant, up-to-date information that is simple, easy-to-understand and suitable for ordinary Filipinos.
At the launch of the resource portal held during the 41st Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting of Cardiologists, Dr. Maria Teresa Abola, president of the Philippine Heart Association, explained the importance of coming up with this kind of website for local hypertensive patients.
"Most of the cardiology websites we have right now are too technical or scientific, which only intimidate or alienate rather than help hypertensive patients understand their condition better. With this site, we would be able to provide a more patient-friendly website on hypertension and offer information that is applicable to Filipino hypertensive patients." said Dr. Abola.
Dr. Reynaldo Neri, chairman of the Philippine Heart Association-Council on Hypertension, emphasized the value of the Internet as a venue for up-to-date medical information.
"It is important that we take advantage of the power of the latest technology like the Internet to be able to reach out to Filipino patients here and abroad. The launch of this resource portal is a timely activity so we can help provide information on hypertension and other heart-related diseases with just a few clicks of the mouse." explained Dr. Neri.
For Pharex, the partnership with the Philippine Heart Association is truly a significant step in further educating Filipinos on this dreaded disease.
Hypertension continues to be a growing medical problem here and around the world. It is the most prominent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disease, chronic renal disease, stroke and other complications of heart-related disorders. To date, one in 5 Filipino adults suffer from hypertension. By the year 2025, about 1.7 billion people worldwide will be diagnosed with this dreaded disease.
"There is definitely a need to deliver medical information to Filipinos faster and more efficiently so as to eliminate the rising mortality and morbidity rates in the country. With this website, they will be more empowered to combat these diseases, or be able to handle their condition more comfortably if they already have one, with the information that is easy to understand and very Filipino." shared Tomas Marcelo Agana III, Pharex HealthCorp president and chief executive officer.
Since hypertension is a disease without symptoms, the website will focus on informing online users of preventive measures and other related information about hypertension to help lower the risk that could lead to more serious heart-related illnesses. The website also features tips on managing and treating hypertension as well as ways to lead a healthier lifestyle.
An important feature of the website is the "Ask Us" section, where online users can easily send questions pertaining to hypertension to accredited doctors. There is also the “Forum” page, where online users can chat and talk about their experiences and concerns.
Links to other cardiology websites, such as the Philippine Heart Association and even foreign websites, are also available for easy access so online users can get more information on hypertension.With pinoyhighblood.com, Filipino patients now have within their reach a portal of information where they can learn more about hypertension and helpful ways to help them prevent, manage and treat this disease.