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Stephen Padilla, Yesterday
Biphasic defibrillators should be primed to deliver specific peak currents for best effect in patients with ventricular fibrillation (VF), suggests a Singapore study.
In targeted temperature management (TTM) postcardiac arrest, tighter temperature control is achieved with internal than external cooling, a study has shown. Moreover, internal cooling potentially results in better survival-to-hospital discharge outcomes and reduces cardiac arrhythmia complications in carefully selected patients as compared with normothermia.
Pearl Toh, 2 days ago

One-third of dementia cases globally can be prevented by addressing nine lifestyle factors at different stages of life, beginning from better education during childhood, according to a report from The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care.

Stephen Padilla, 2 days ago
Patients with a haemoglobin response <1.0 g/dL at day 14 of oral iron therapy should be transitioned to intravenous (IV) iron supplementation, suggests a recent study.
2 days ago
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 1 - 15 August 2017 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
Tristan Manalac, 4 days ago
Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) without cardiovascular conditions have impaired endothelial function, a new case-controlled study has shown. Factors that contribute to endothelial dysfunction include renal diseases and diastolic hypertension.
Pearl Toh, 4 days ago
Stopping statins within 6 months after a first ischaemic stroke was associated with an increased risk of recurrent stroke at 1 year compared with those who continued with the therapy, a new study showed.
Special Reports
Prof. Peter Collins, Prof. Giuseppe Mancia, Prof. Carolyn Lam, Dr. Choo Gim Hooi, 12 Jul 2017
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future due to both the ageing population and the increasing prevalence of risk factors such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and diabetes. CAD is also the primary risk factor in the development of heart failure (HF). At the 2nd Asia Pacific CardioConnect Meeting in Hong Kong sponsored by Menarini, a group of international and regional experts discussed current strategies for managing stable CAD and HF and highlighted areas where patient outcomes may be improved.
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.
Conference Reports
03 Aug 2017
Adjunct Associate Prof Yeo Khung Keong discusses about how to manage chronic stable angina in Asian patients during APSC 2017.
03 Aug 2017
Assistant Prof Wiwun Tungsubutra speaks on the role of beta blockers in patients with stable CAD in APSC 2017.
03 Aug 2017
Prof Peter Collins talks about the mechanism of action of ranolazine and the patients most likely to benefit from the drug in APSC 2017.
31 Jul 2017
Slideshow: Highlights from the 21st Asia Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) Congress
Elvira Manzano, 28 Jul 2017
Heart transplant is the gold standard option for heart failure (HF) patients when all other options fail, says a cardiologist and heart failure specialist at the recent APSC 2017 Congress, with excellent long-term outcomes.
Elaine Soliven, 28 Jul 2017
Lower total cholesterol-to-high density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio (TC:HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels appear to be associated with elevated mortality rates in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to a study presented at the 21st Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress (APSC 2017) held in Singapore.
Audrey Abella, 28 Jul 2017
Nonvitamin K antagonist (non-VKA) oral anticoagulants (NOACs) offer better outcomes than VKAs in Asian patients for the prevention of atrial fibrillation (AF)-associated stroke, according to data presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress (APSC) 2017 held in Singapore.
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