The pandemic has impacted us in unexpected ways. It’s effect is far-reaching, not only because
of the virus itself but also due to the questions it raises on our overall health and well-being.
Among these are vulnerable patients, such as those with hypertension and other chronic
conditions. That is why a holistic and proactive approach to managing our health is vital.
Last September 29, the World Heart Day was celebrated to raise awareness on our
cardiovascular health and the chronic conditions that can have serious consequences on our
As part of its thrust to build a Healthier Philippines under its Panata ng Pamilya campaign and
to help shine the spotlight on these serious health concerns that continue to affect Filipino
families even amidst the pandemic, Sanofi Philippines, in partnership with BayanihanMD hosted
a special World Heart Day session entitled Happy Heart, Happy Home.
Among the issues tackled by the webinar is the impact of hypertension among its patients and
the important role of the family in managing this chronic disease.
"It boils down to lifestyle and that starts at home and what we've been exposed to when we
were growing up. So if you grow up with unhealthy eating habits, you will really increase the risk
of developing hypertension," said Bayanihan host, Dr. Celine Fider.
Moreover, guest speaker and cardiologist, Dr. Anna Adora further stresses that while family
history may play a role in developing hypertension, it is, first and foremost, a lifestyle disease.
“We run the risk of developing it from the choices we make. So it's not hypertension that's
inherited but the unhealthy habits and lifestyle we pick up from our environment, our family,” she
“That's why the family is so important in managing these chronic diseases. If you have someone
in your immediate family and household with hypertension, you and your other family members
may also be at risk of developing it. So lifestyle modification must not just come from an
individual level, but also for the entire family,” she adds.
Speaking on the partnership between Sanofi Philippines and Bayanihan MD, President and Co-
Host Dr. Karl Ablola describes the two organizations’ mutually aligned advocacies.
“One of our objectives in this pandemic is to ensure healthcare access for all patients and that's
why we partnered with Sanofi Philippines,” he intimated. “Through WeHealth, Sanofi partners up
with different platforms to bring healthcare to all; which is the same mission that we, at
Bayanihan MD, have.”