Anesthesiologists are among the medical workers who serve at the frontlines in the battle against the viral pandemic. As such, they face health risks due to their exposure and close proximity to COVID-19-positive patients in enclosed spaces. How then can these medical frontliners keep themselves safe while taking care of their patients? Find out in the upcoming webinar in the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” series on July 10, 12nn.

Dr. Chito Permejo, a cardiology intensivist at the Philippine Heart Center, said the off-label use of pharmacologic therapies to treat COVID-19 in patients with cardiac issues must be done with caution. He discussed this and many more in “COVID-19 and the Heart”, the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series streamed on June 12.

“We need to be self-reliant in testing, prevention, and treatment,” said UP Manila College of Medicine Dean Charlotte Chiong in “COVID-19 and the Heart” streamed live on June 12, the 122ndanniversary of Philippine Independence. The event was the eighth episode of UP’s STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series, where she was the guest speaker.

COVID-19 famously targets the lungs, but it doesn’t stop there. Dr. Elizabeth Montemayor, Vice President of the Philippine Nephrology Society, discusses the way COVID-19 attacks the kidneys, rendering patients with kidney problems especially vulnerable to the virus.

UP Manila leads constituent universities in establishing their own research ethics boards to harmonize research protocols and ensure ethical–including data privacy–compliance of all university research.

While spine surgeries used to be very long, risky, and bloody affairs, this need not be the case today. According to spine surgeon Dr. Rafael Bundoc of the University of the Philippines General Hospital (UP PGH), minimally invasive spine surgeries are now on the rise. With these advanced techniques, patients of UP PGH can go back to their homes and jobs after a few hours of rest and avoid the costs that come with long hospital stays.

When a delegation from the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America visited UP Diliman early this year, proposals of assistance for the improvement of facilities in the UP Los Baños Health Service or Infirmary, and support for the planned establishment of the Philippine General Hospital in UP Diliman were discussed.

Q. What are the warning signs of an impending stroke or heart attack?

Cabral:These warning signs are late in coming. When you see a warning sign, it’s too late already. You should instead prevent these warning signs by keeping the blood pressure under control, not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and exercising as much as you can tolerate. Just live a healthy life; that is the best way of preventing strokes and heart attacks.