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Sympathetic skin response (SSR) and heart rate variability (HRV) are both altered in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and may be used as markers of dysautonomia in PD, a new study shows.
Pearl Toh, 22 hours ago
Breast implants may interfere with electrocardiography (ECG), resulting in misleading ECG interpretation which can give rise to misdiagnosis of a heart attack or coronary artery disease, suggests a study presented at the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) EUROPACE-CARDIOSTIM 2017 Congress held in Vienna, Austria.
A prospective association exists between physical activity and cardiometabolic risk in healthy children, a recent study has found.
Tristan Manalac, 2 days ago
Prolonged sleep duration is an independent predictor of higher incident atrial fibrillation (AF) risks in a Chinese population, reports a new prospective, population-based study.
4 days ago
Immediate treatment with intravenous loop diuretics in patients presenting at the emergency department for acute heart failure (AHF) appears to reduce in-hospital mortality, according to the REALITY-AHF* study.
Pearl Toh, 4 days ago
Breastfeeding was associated with a lower risk of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) ─ with the longer the duration of breastfeeding, the lower the risk ─ besides its well-known health benefits for babies, revealed a large study on 300,000 Chinese women.
5 days ago
The risk of respiratory syncytial virus hospitalization (RSVH) and respiratory-related illness hospitalization (RIH) does not significantly differ between the first and second year of life in paediatric patients with haemodynamically significant congenital heart disease (HSCHD), a new study shows.
Special Reports
25 May 2017
At a recent lunch symposium during the 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Society of Hypertension, Dr Chow Yok Wai spoke on the importance of patient adherence in the management of hypertension, highlighting the role of combination therapy in improving treatment outcomes.
24 Apr 2017
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to treat pain and inflammation in patients with arthritis, but the vascular effects of some NSAIDs have cast doubt on whether they can be used in patients at risk for cardiovascular (CV) disease. At the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016 held recently in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, Professor Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, US, presented latest data from the PRECISION (Prospective Randomized Evaluation of Celecoxib Integrated Safety vs Ibuprofen or Naproxen) trial that evaluated the CV risk and safety profile of the selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor celecoxib vs nonselective NSAIDs.
16 Mar 2017
Recently, Dr Peter Lin of the Canadian Heart Research Centre spoke on treatment strategies in the management of dyslipidaemia and T2DM at an AstraZeneca-sponsored continuing medical education event. Highlights of his presentations are summarized below.
07 Mar 2017
At the 17th Malaysian Society of Rheumatology/Singapore Society of Rheumatology Workshop, Associate Professor Susanna Proudman, a senior consultant in rheumatology from Australia, shared with the audience on the diagnosis and management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), with a focus on systemic sclerosis (SSc)-related PAH.
16 Feb 2017
At the recent launch of an exclusive guidebook on vasodilating β-blockers for the treatment of hypertension and chronic heart failure (HF), Professor Athanasios J. Manolis delivered a lecture on why nebivolol is different from the other agents in its class.
16 Dec 2016
During the 8th Diabetes Complications Conference & Grand Rounds 2016, Dr Azani Mohamed Daud talked about the guidelines on the use of ACEIs and ARBs in hypertension, and highlighted their clinical efficacies for hypertension treatment.
Prof. Abdul Rashid, Prof. Martin Strauss, Prof. Alistair Hall, 12 Dec 2016
Hypertension is a leading cause of mortality globally and is of particular concern in the Asia Pacific region where there are more deaths due to poor blood pressure (BP) control than in any other region in the world. At a recent Servier-sponsored satellite symposium held during the ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress in Yangon, Myanmar, Professor Abdul Rashid, An Nur Specialist Hospital, Selangor, Malaysia, discussed the challenges associated with managing hypertension in the region. In addition, Professor Martin Strauss, North York General Hospital, Toronto, Canada and Professor Alistair Hall, Leeds General Infirmary, UK, discussed the different effects of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) on cardiovascular (CV) outcomes, highlighting the additional protection against myocardial infarction (MI) offered by ACE inhibitors such as perindopril.
Conference Reports
Roshini Claire Anthony, 21 Jun 2017

Insulin degludec had comparable cardiovascular safety and reduced the risk of severe hypoglycaemia compared with insulin glargine U100 in patients with type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular risk, according to results of the DEVOTE* study.

21 Jun 2017
Podcast: Dr Steven Marso speaks about the cardiovascular safety of insulin degludec vs insulin glargine in patients with type 2 diabetes with high cardiovascular risk.
21 Jun 2017
Podcast: Professor Robert Henry talks about the effects of alirocumab vs usual care in patients with type 2 diabetes and mixed dyslipidemia.
21 Jun 2017
Podcast: Professor Bruce Neal summarizes the key findings of the Canagliflozin Cardiovascular Assessment Study.
21 Jun 2017
Podcast: Dr Carla Greenbaum speaks about the potential clinical impact of identifying individuals at risk of type 1 diabetes.
Audrey Abella, 16 Jun 2017
Sodium-glucose transporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT-2i) were associated with a significant reduction in the rates of death and hospitalization due to heart failure (HF) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) regardless of pre-existing cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new analysis of the CVD-REAL* study presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions held in San Diego, California, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 14 Jun 2017

The sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor canagliflozin was associated with better cardiovascular (CV) outcomes compared with placebo in individuals with type 2 diabetes and high CV risk, though it was also linked to an elevated risk of amputation, according to findings from the CANVAS* Program.

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