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Worldwide sales of OMRON blood pressure monitors tops 300 million units

It was 1973 when OMRON released its first electronic blood pressure monitor. And now, OMRON blood pressure monitors are available in more than 110 countries/regions across the world including the Philippines.

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OMRON Healthcare Co., Ltd announced that cumulative global sales of home-use blood pressure monitors reached 300 million units. It was 1973 when OMRON released its first electronic blood pressure monitor. And now, OMRON blood pressure monitors are available in more than 110 countries/regions across the world including the Philippines.

“We are celebrating this remarkable milestone by strengthening our commitment to serving our customers here in the Philippines even better. We are working hard on forging more partnerships and making our products more accessible so that OMRON can help more Filipino families in maintaining good heart health from home,” said Mr. Yusuke Kato, General Manager for OMRON Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd – Philippine Branch (Healthcare Division).

In the Philippines, for example, OMRON has collaborated with Philippine Society of Hypertension in educating Filipinos on how to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease by changing a healthy lifestyle and monitor blood pressure regularly at home.

Since the release of the first device, it took OMRON 36 years to achieve cumulative global sales of 100 million units in 2009. In the 2010s, people became more conscious of managing their own health, and at the same time, the number of patients with lifestyle-related diseases dramatically increased on a global scale. Just around the same time, the guidelines for home treatment of hypertension were officially established by leading medical societies, and a new behavioural pattern – monitoring blood pressure at home – became more popular. As a result, it took only 7 years to sell the next 100 million units. Ever since, OMRON has expanded across global markets consistently, accommodating the increasing demand of blood pressure monitors not only in America, China, and Europe, but also in developing countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Brazil, and it took only 5 years for marking the 300 million-unit sales this year.

An estimated 1 billion adults worldwide have hypertension, and the number of individuals with cerebro-cardiovascular diseases caused by hypertension accounts for 17.5 million. In the Philippines, the latest Preyson study released in 2021 by the Philippine Heart Association showed that the country has a progressive rise of high blood pressure among Filipinos, with the prevalence of hypertension climbing to 37 percent in 2021.

Cerebro-cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, and even when patients manage to survive after an event, there are still high risks for becoming bedridden or causing them to have serious side effects. Not only patients, but also their families can be impacted mentally and financially, and the level of their health-related quality of life (QOL) is jeopardized. 

With the mission of “helping realize healthy and comfortable lives for people around the world”, OMRON Healthcare heralded its Going for ZERO vision (achieving zero cerebro-cardiovascular events) for its cardiovascular business in 2015, and has expanded the business domains focusing mainly on home blood pressure monitors. Now, taking this opportunity as a milestone for the  new chapter, it will continue to identify the market demands and user needs, while responding to them swiftly with innovative solutions. Furthermore, the service business, such as the development of health-management apps for smartphones and a remote patient monitoring service will be accelerated. OMRON Healthcare will support both home health managements and healthcare professional’s patients treatment with its devices and services; helping to realize healthy and comfortable lives for people around the world.

Journey of OMRON Healthcare

In the 1970s, when measuring blood pressure had formerly been regarded as a medical procedure performed only by physicians and nurses, the first OMRON electronic blood pressure monitor was released. Since then, OMRON Healthcare has been devoting efforts to explore the easy-to-use and highly accurate blood pressure monitors and has introduced innovative devices including a wearable blood pressure monitor and an upper arm blood pressure monitor with EKG function into the market. More recently, OMRON has taken on the challenge of introducing the remote patient monitoring services on a global scale as part of the infrastructure in the New Normal, and developing AI technology to prevent the potential events of cardiovascular diseases.

Summary of the new 300M special website

To celebrate the milestone of the sales of 300 million blood pressure monitors, OMRON has launched a new global website. It talks about OMRON’s history and challenges along with its future vision and goal of achieving zero cerebro-cardiovascular events. The contents of the website include:

  • Our journey (a history of home blood pressure monitors, measurement accuracy, design philosophy)
  • Our challenge (Promotion of remote patient monitoring service globally, a development of AI technology for risk preventions, evolving blood pressure management, and the expansion of the business into a cerebro-cardiovascular domain)
  • Academic research on blood pressure

You may access the website via: https://healthcare.omron.com/public/going-for-zero/300-million/.

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Pacific Cross inaugurates new office space in Rockwell

Apart from the office, the insurance company has kept all other communication lines open, such as hotlines, e-mail and social media, for all inquiries.

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As the country heads to the next normal, Pacific Cross, transfers to its new home in Rockwell, Makati. The leading medical and travel insurance provider is dedicated to continuously improve its services by offering modern, accessible, and better business spaces to all its clients and partners. 
Previously headquartered in Makati Avenue, the insurance company moves closer to its existing and potential clients in 8 Rockwell, making Pacific Cross services easily accessible and convenient for visiting customers. President and CEO Victor Tanjuakio headed the office blessing of all three new office floors, joined by Pacific Cross executives, officers and hybrid on-site and remote set-up employees. 

According to Tanjuakio, the move was strategic to keep up with the times as it adjusts to the world changed by the pandemic. “We are committed to serving our clients better amidst the ongoing global health crisis and abiding by the government’s health initiatives,” the Pacific Cross President and CEO said. “We can achieve this by supporting customers and employees’ safety in our modern and refreshed client and partner center hub.”

Apart from the office, the insurance company has kept all other communication lines open, such as hotlines, e-mail and social media, for all inquiries. 

A part of the Pacific Cross Group which operates in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, Pacific Cross Philippines offers a wide array of medical and travel plans designed to give clients peace of mind. In addition to insurance plans for individuals and families, Pacific Cross is also working to strengthen its offerings to groups, corporate accounts and the middle-class sector. This aim includes further diversifying Pacific Cross’s product portfolio while staying on the pulse of the target market on health, travel, HMO and second-layer medical coverage.

Visit Pacific Cross on the 2nd, 8th, and 18th Floors of 8 Rockwell Building, Makati City. Discover which Pacific Cross insurance plan is best for you online at www.pacificcross.com.ph or e-mail info@pacificcross.com.ph.

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Garmin’s Venu 2 Plus puts calls, texts, access to phone’s voice assistant right on your wrist

Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more.

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Garmin Philippines announced the arrival of Venu 2 Plus GPS smartwatch in the country. Garmin’s latest offering lets users take calls, access  their compatible smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, control compatible smart home devices and more. These voice-controlled functionalities join the robust suite of health, wellness and fitness features of Garmin’s Venu 2 Series. With a bright AMOLED display and battery life of up to nine days, the Venu 2 Plus is a direct line to wellbeing for active Filipinos.

“To support Filipinos’ drive to have a more active lifestyle where multi-tasking is crucial, Garmin presents a smartwatch that can give users the ability to answer calls or send texts without digging through their pocket or bag,” said Garmin Asia Director Scoppen Lin. “Garmin lets its user focus on their workout with the Venu 2 Plus’ on-device voice capabilities, on top of the signature features that the popular Venu 2 series is known for.” 

Here’s what’s new for the Venu 2 Plus:

·       Phone calls from the wrist: Users can make and take phone calls with the press of a button.

·       Voice assistant control: Compatible with Siri, Google Assistant or Bixby, users can utilize their smartphone’s voice assistant to send texts, ask questions, control compatible smart home devices and more.

All-day health monitoring

The Venu 2 Plus dials into wellbeing with the broadest range of 24/7 health monitoring features available, including: heart rate (with user-configurable alerts for high or low readings2), advanced sleep with sleep score and insights by Firstbeat AnalyticsTM, breathwork activities, fitness age, respiration, Pulse Ox, all-day stress, hydration, and women’s health (menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking). Body BatteryTM energy monitoring shows users how “charged” their body is, as well as the draining effects of stress and exercise. Health SnapshotTM logs a two-minute window of key health stats and generates a report users can share with a health care provider; a great tool for capturing physiological data anytime you’re feeling off your baseline.

Customized fitness

The Venu 2 Plus pulls in all of the latest fitness features recently introduced on the Venu 2 series including over 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include walking, running, HIIT, cycling, pool swimming, Pilates, yoga, indoor climbing, hiking, advanced strength training with muscle map graphics and more.

Preloaded workouts can also be found on the watch and preset workouts are available for download from Garmin ConnectTM app on user’s smartphone. Customizable workouts may be created by choosing from over 1,400 exercises. The Venu 2 Plus has more than 75 preset animated workouts that demonstrate proper form and technique in Garmin Connect and on the wrist. Whether training for a 5K or longer, the device is compatible with Garmin Coach free adaptive training plans.

Safety and tracking

The Venu 2 Plus also includes Garmin’s safety and tracking features such as automatic incident detection (during outdoor walks, runs or rides)3 and manually triggered assistance alerts, both of which send a message with the user’s location to their emergency contacts. LiveTrack lets friends and family track the user’s outdoor activity3. Users can also assign a designated emergency contact that the Venu 2 Plus can call, such as local emergency services.

Smart features on the wrist

The Venu 2 Plus keeps the essentials on the wrist with built-in music (download up to 650 songs including playlists from Spotify, Amazon Music, and Deezer4), and smart notifications for calls, texts, calendar reminders, social media updates, breaking news stories and more3. Users may personalize the Venu 2 Plus with apps, watch faces and more available to download from the Connect IQTM store. Unlike many other smartwatches, the Venu 2 Plus can be used with either Android or Apple smartphones.

Designed for all-day wear

·       The Venu 2 Plus has a 43mm watch case, stainless steel bezel and hardware, and a comfortable, 20mm industry-standard quick release silicone band. Mix and match bands and bezels.

·       It boasts a durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen AMOLED display with optional, always-on mode.

·       The Venu 2 Plus is powered by an impressive battery life that lasts up to 9 days in smartwatch mode and up to 8 hours in GPS + Music mode.

·       It is capable of rapid battery recharge with 10 minutes of charging which adds up to one day of smartwatch mode battery life or one hour of GPS + music battery life. Users may extend the time further with battery saver mode.

Don’t miss out on Garmin’s special promotion! First 75 customers can get a free Garmin Tote Bag for every purchase of Garmin Venu 2 Plus watch for only PHP 25,695. The device is available in Black, Ivory and Powder Gray at Garmin Brand Storeskinetic.com.phLazadaShopee and Garmin PH Viber Community.

The Venu 2 Plus was recognized at the recently concluded CES 2022 global tech-event as an Innovation Awards honoree.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized the wellness industry. Committed to developing wearables and health measurement tools that help people of all activity levels lead healthier lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

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Challenge your age with Provital Immuna Plus

It’s never too late to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. All it takes is the right motivation, and you’ll have more years to enjoy with yourself and your family.

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Having a regular exercise regimen helps the body to prepare better for the coming years so, it is important to jumpstart that workout and maintain physical activity to help prevent health problems later on in life.  

Staying active at any age helps improve heart and lung health. Research has also shown that even modest physical activity is good for the brain, bones, and muscles.Studies have linked lifelong exercise with keeping people healthier for longer by delaying the onset of chronic conditions or diseases and cognitive decline, reducing the risk of fractures, and helping promote mental wellness.

The best time to start taking proactive steps with your health is now. 

It’s never too late to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle. All it takes is the right motivation, and you’ll have more years to enjoy with yourself and your family. 

Fuel for a healthy lifestyle

Challenge yourself into having a Life 5.0 Activated lifestyle by activating your body, nutrition, and passion. Fuel your body with healthy and balanced nutrition, together with the New PROVITAL Immuna Plus with Triple Immune Protection nutrients. 

Get more out of life by having a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle, with less worries about infections and diseases that can slow you down. The New PROVITAL Immuna Plus from Mead Johnson Nutrition, a company with over a century of science-based nutrition experience, has Triple Immune Protection nutrients. It is formulated with Yeast Beta-Glucan that is scientifically proven to help activate immune response to fight against infections and colds. It is a high source of Selenium, Zinc, and Vitamins A, C, and E, which are anti-oxidants that help regulate immune function and strengthen the body’s defenses. 

The new PROVITAL Immuna Plus is also a good way to supplement Calcium and Protein in your diet. Calcium contributes to the strengthening of bones and Protein contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass to help support the body’s mobility for an active lifestyle. 

“Living like a pro means strengthening your immune system and protecting your health well into your advanced years. The pandemic has encouraged more Filipinos to make healthier lifestyle choices, with the realization that we need to take better care of ourselves so that we can live longer and happier. With its scientifically-designed formulation, New PROVITAL Immuna Plus is your partner in continuously achieving your life goals,” says Matthew Davis, Marketing Head of Reckitt Philippines.

Join the Life 5.0 Activated movement to “Enhance your immunity, enhance your life” along with industry awarded and multi-hyphenated Filipino celebrity, Dawn Zulueta and OPM icon, ZsaZsa Padilla, by learning more about how fitness and nutrition can come together to help you lead a quality life. 

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