Philips and University of Medicine & Pharmacy HCMC conducts "Cardiovascular diseases – from understanding to action" seminar, in support of World Heart Day 2012

October 1, 2012

Ho Chi Minh city, September 29, 2012 – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) and University of Medicine & Pharmacy HCMC, Medical center conducted a "Cardiovascular diseases – from understanding to action" seminar today, to support World Heart Day 2012 and raise the awareness about Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) among the public – especially among women. Participants will have a free heart check-up at University of Medicine & Pharmacy HCMC, Medical center, sponsored by Philips.

According to the World Heart Federation, women routinely underestimate their risk of CVD, and the two most common misconceptions are that CVD is a "man’s disease" and that it mostly affects older people. But contrary to belief, CVD affects women and children equally. CVD affects 1 in 3 women and is the number one killer worldwide. CVD has caused 17.3 million deaths each year, which is more deaths than Malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined.

To raise awareness of this issue, Philips and the University of Medicine & Pharmacy HCMC, Medical center are educating the public (especially women) about their risk of CVD. "The aim of this seminar is to educate women about CVD and encourage early prevention of CVD," said Ph.D Nguyen Hoang Dinh, Head of Department of Cardiovascular Surgery. "From this seminar, Vietnamese will understand more about the most advanced solutions in cardiology treatment," he added.

According to Dr. Dinh, "CVD differs in women and men, and women often underestimate their risk of CVD. As a result, many of them are in the advanced stages of CVD when visit the doctor. We do not want this behavior to become a habit."

At the seminar, Mr. Ngo Van Huy, Country Manager of Philips Vietnam also shared, "Women have the higher risk of CVD – about 1.7 times more than a male. 50 percent of women could be at risk of CVD. CVD has become one of our national health issues. Despite the severity of the situation, many women are still not receiving enough information about CVD. Philips has partnered with the Vietnam Heart Federation to organize activities to educate the public and women in Vietnam about CVD. We have also conducted several CVD seminars for healthcare professionals to learn more about new solutions in the diagnosing and treatment of CVD patients. In addition, Philips has also been shortlisted by the National Medical Ministry, as the provider of the most advanced CVD equipment for hospitals."

"At Philips, our philosophy is simple – people-focused healthcare, and simplifying healthcare. Our focus is on understanding the complete cycle of care – from disease prevention to screening and diagnosis through to treatment, monitoring and health management. It means that in cardiology, Philips focuses on a wide range of cardiac diseases treatments, rather than developing isolated silos of technology," said Mr. Huy. 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Christina Celestine  
Philips Healthcare Communications
Tel: +65 8518 5479
E-mail: christina.celestine@philips.com 

Ms. Nguyen Thi Bich Nga
BizTequila for Philips Healthcare Vietnam
Tel: 0908.730.597
E-mail: nga.ntb@biztequila.com.vn

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University of Medicine & Pharmacy HCMC, Medical center

University of medicine & pharmacy HCMC, Medical center is a multi-operation hospital combining the model of an university and an medical institute. The hospital has 4 branches with 560 beds, 57 operation rooms and 21 well-equiped surgery rooms. University of medicine & pharmacy HCMC, Medical center is perceived as one of the top high-quality hospital in southern Vietnam.

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About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter..

About The ‘+’ Project

The '+' Project by Philips is a multi-year program aimed at improving the health and well-being of people in Asia Pacific through meaningful innovations. The '+' Project is focused on improving the quality of urban living by helping to build Livable Cities; on promoting Healthy Living; and on improving affordable and accessible healthcare, through Access to Healthcare. The '+' Project combines the expertise from Philips' business sectors and the company's innovation capabilities and aims to achieve tighter collaboration with governments, municipals, health authorities and other relevant stakeholders to improve the quality of people's lives across the region. The scope of this program covers the ASEAN countries, Australia and New Zealand and Korea.

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