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Taking curcumin daily in addition to losing weight does not exert a superior effect on cardiovascular (CV) risk factors in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) when compared with losing weight alone, according to a study.
16 hours ago
Hypertensive pregnancy disorder increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) up to 10 years after delivery independent of common CVD risk factors, a new study has found.
Declining kidney function is associated with adverse outcomes in patients with both atrial fibrillation (AF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD), reports a recent study.
Stephen Padilla, Yesterday
Endogenous testosterone appears to play a significant role in thromboembolism, heart failure (HF) and myocardial infarction (MI), with rates of these conditions higher in men than women, according to a recent study. Existing treatment can control endogenous testosterone, which can be a modifiable risk factor for HF and thromboembolism.
Tristan Manalac, Yesterday
In cancer patients given BioFlo implanted vascular access devices (IVADs), IVAD-related upper extremity deep vein thrombosis (UEDVT) appears to be an uncommon complication, according to a new study.
Hypertension and obesity may exert a moderating effect on the relationship between β-amyloid (Aβ) and longitudinal cognitive performance, a recent study has found.
2 days ago
Patients undergoing urgent/emergent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and unable to take oral medications are good candidates for treatment with cangrelor, according to a new meta-analysis.
Special Reports
Dr. Choo Gim Hooi, Assoc Prof. Pattarapong Makarawate, Dr. Krisada Sastravaha, 17 Dec 2018
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally and its burden is expected to increase due to the rising prevalence of risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidaemia. In conjunction with the 23rd ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress held in Bangkok, Thailand, Menarini organized a lunch symposium and product theatre to discuss the significance of optimal medical therapy (OMT) in the management of stable CAD, with a focus on the role of ranolazine (Ranexa®).
30 Nov 2018
Despite risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) being similar around the world, the burden of CVD is not uniform across nations. Furthermore, CVD-related death in low- to middle-income countries (LMICs) has increased by two-thirds in the last 30 years, and now account for a whopping 80% of global deaths due to CVD.
30 Nov 2018
Poor adherence to statin therapy is leaving many patients with dyslipidaemia at high risk of potentially life-threatening cardiovascular events. Statins are the current standard of care for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in these patients and for improving life expectancy, with possible economic benefits for healthcare systems too. However, many patients with dyslipidaemia are not achieving or maintaining treatment targets because they fail to stick to their prescribed statin therapy. An article co-authored by lipidologist Peter Lansberg, and published in Vascular Health and Risk Management, considers this issue and reviews approaches to overcome non-adherence.
28 Nov 2018
At the Abbott-sponsored symposium held during the 9th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society Annual Congres sat Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Dr Zanariah Hussein shared her insights into the important role of an emerging marker of hypercholesterolaemia, and its relationship with cardiovascular (CV) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) risks.
27 Nov 2018
Through a cardiology webcast co-hosted by Pfizer, the National Heart Association of Malaysia (NHAM), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Dr Ong Mei Lin, Dr Aaron D. Kugelmass and Dr Tracy Wang shared their insights into the importance of secondary prevention measures in reducing the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
21 Nov 2018
At the AstraZeneca-sponsored symposium held during the 9th Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society Annual Congress at Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Professor Ronald Ma highlighted the role of a novel combination therapy in reducing HbA1c levels while simultaneously providing cardiovascular (CV) protection to improve patient outcomes.
Dr. Robert Giugliano, Prof. Ulrich Laufs, Prof. Gaetano De Ferrari, Prof. Naveed Sattar, 11 Oct 2018

The FOURIER trial previously demonstrated that adding the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor evolocumab to background statin therapy lowered LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) below target levels and significantly reduced the risks of cardiovascular (CV) events in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). At the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018 in Munich, Germany, experts reiterated how evolocumab helps lower LDL-C levels and reduces CV events even in patients with various comorbidities.

Conference Reports
Elvira Manzano, 04 Mar 2019
The perception that the more aggressive glucose control is the better the patient will be doesn’t hold true in the multicentre SHINE* trial. Intensive glucose control at a target of 80–130 mg/dL with intravenous (IV) insulin did not improve outcomes in patients with ischaemic stroke. Instead, it carried an increased risk of severe hypoglycaemia.
Elaine Soliven, 26 Feb 2019
Breast cancer survivors saw increasing risk of stroke along with growing duration of survivorship, particularly during the post-menopausal period, according to a study presented at ISC 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 25 Feb 2019

Among patients with a recent acute ischaemic stroke treated with thrombolytic therapy, intensive blood pressure (BP)-lowering conferred no additional benefit in functional recovery compared with guideline-recommended BP-lowering, despite a reduced risk of intracranial haemorrhage with intensive therapy, according to results of the ENCHANTED* trial.

Elvira Manzano, 25 Feb 2019
Hospitalization rates for stroke increased by 20 percent each year between 2008 and 2015, according to a large US study, and these incidents were apparently tied to spikes in opioid misuse and cases of drug-related infective endocarditis.
Pearl Toh, 21 Feb 2019
Patients presenting within 9 hours from stroke onset or with wake-up stroke can still benefit from thrombolytic therapy based on automated computed tomography (CT) perfusion imaging-guided patient selection, according to the EXTEND* study presented at ISC 2019.
Pearl Toh, 19 Feb 2019
Treatment with the second-generation hydrogel coils significantly reduces the rate of aneurysm recurrence compared with standard platinum coils, with no increase in adverse events, reveals the HEAT* study presented at ISC 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 Feb 2019

Among patients with a history of stroke, an intensive blood pressure-lowering regimen did not reduce the risk of recurrent stroke compared with a standard blood pressure-lowering regimen, according to results of the RESPECT* trial presented at ISC 2019.

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