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Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation improves angina, recurrent angina, maximum exercise tolerance, exercise time and ST-segment decline in patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a new meta-analysis reveals.
4 hours ago
Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OFF-CABG) is superior to on-pump CABG (ON-CABG) in terms of reducing the incidence of postoperative cerebrovascular accidents and bleeding complications in diabetic patients, a study has shown.
Pearl Toh, 12 hours ago
Extended therapy with rivaroxaban was more effective than aspirin in reducing the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) with no significant increase in bleeding risk, according to data from the EINSTEIN CHOICE* study presented at the ACC.17 Scientific Session in Washington, DC, US.
Stephen Padilla, 17 hours ago
Patients receiving chlorthalidone are less likely to develop treatment-resistant hypertension compared with those receiving amlodipine or lisinopril, according to a study that titrated medications to a goal. However, the risk of cardiovascular outcomes remains similar for patients with treatment-resistant hypertension across all three therapy groups.
Yesterday
Beta-blocker therapy appears to play an important role in the prevention of cardiac events during pregnancy and the postpartum period in patients with long QT syndrome (LQTS), according to a study, with beta-blockers having no adverse effect on foetal growth.
Yesterday
Hypertension is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, particularly among postmenopausal women, a new meta-analysis finds.
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Smoking is associated with the development of adverse cardio-renal events among renal artery stenosis patients, a new study shows.
Special Reports
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.
Pearl Toh, 07 Dec 2016
Preventing hypertension, diabetes, and obesity, which are the major risk factors for heart failure (HF), by ages 45 and 55 years may lower risks of incident HF and prolong HF-free survival, suggests data from the Cardiovascular Disease Lifetime Risk Pooling Project.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 25 Nov 2016

The addition of evolocumab to statin therapy in individuals with angiographic coronary disease appeared to encourage coronary atherosclerosis regression, as demonstrated in the GLAGOV* trial presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA 2016) held in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.

Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 27 Mar 2017
Extended therapy with rivaroxaban was more effective than aspirin in reducing the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) with no significant increase in bleeding risk, according to data from the EINSTEIN CHOICE* study presented at the ACC.17 Scientific Session in Washington, DC, US.
Pearl Toh, 25 Mar 2017
Treatment with inclisiran, a siRNA for PCSK9 knockdown, delivers significant and sustained LDL-C lowering in a dose-dependent manner over 6 to 9 months in patients with high cardiovascular (CV) risk, according to the ORION-1* study presented at the ACC.17 Scientific Session held in Washington, DC, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 24 Mar 2017

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) given digoxin appear to have an elevated risk of mortality, regardless of whether or not they have heart failure, according to a post hoc analysis of the ARISTOTLE* trial presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 66th Scientific Session in Washington DC, US. 

Audrey Abella, 24 Mar 2017
Anticoagulants (ie, novel oral anticoagulants [NOACs], warfarin) were effective in treating subclinical leaflet thrombosis after aortic valve replacement (AVR) compared with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) or mono-antiplatelet therapy (MAPT), according to data presented at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 66th Annual Scientific Session, held in Washington, DC, US.
Audrey Abella, 24 Mar 2017
Adding low-dose rivaroxaban to ticagrelor or clopidogrel did not result in major bleeding complications in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) compared with patients on standard dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) of aspirin plus antiplatelet, according to the GEMINI-ACS-1* trial.
Pearl Toh, 23 Mar 2017
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with a self-expanding prosthesis is noninferior to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in terms of death from any cause or disabling stroke at 2 years in intermediate-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), according to data from the SURTAVI* trial presented at the ACC.17 held in Washington, DC, US.
Audrey Abella, 22 Mar 2017
Fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided complete revascularization of non-infarct-related arteries in acute primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) reduced the risk of cardiovascular outcomes compared with treating infarct-related arteries (IRA) only, according to the Compare-Acute* trial presented at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 66th Annual Scientific Session held in Washington, DC, US.
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