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A decline in activities of daily living (ADL) appears to predict being hospitalized for heart failure (HF) and death in HF patients, a recent study suggests.
Elaine Soliven, 3 days ago
Systolic blood pressure (SBP) above 129 mm Hg was associated with an increased risk of dementia in middle-aged patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study presented at EHRA 2019.
Pearl Toh, 3 days ago
Use of uninterrupted edoxaban during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) shows comparable safety and efficacy as uninterrupted vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), according to the ELIMINATE-AF trial presented at EHRA 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 3 days ago

Patients on the anticoagulant drug edoxaban could safely continue their treatment while undergoing certain procedures, with a low incidence of bleeding and cardiovascular events reported in the prospective EMIT AF/VTE* study.

3 days ago
Anticoagulation treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation and cirrhosis reduces the risk of stroke without increasing the likelihood of bleeding, according to a recent meta-analysis.
Stephen Padilla, 3 days ago
A recent study has shown that the adjunctive use of an antibacterial envelope significantly reduces incidence of major cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infections, without a higher incidence of complications, compared with standard-of-care infection-prevention strategies alone.
3 days ago
A recent survey with patients taking chronic antithrombotic medications has shown that timeliness, accuracy and adaptiveness to prior patient experiences while offering a single, consistently available point of contact are deemed necessary to enhance the communication process in periprocedural antithrombotic medication management.
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
Elaine Soliven, 17 Apr 2019
Systolic blood pressure (SBP) above 129 mm Hg was associated with an increased risk of dementia in middle-aged patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study presented at EHRA 2019.
Pearl Toh, 16 Apr 2019
Use of uninterrupted edoxaban during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) shows comparable safety and efficacy as uninterrupted vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), according to the ELIMINATE-AF trial presented at EHRA 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 16 Apr 2019

Patients on the anticoagulant drug edoxaban could safely continue their treatment while undergoing certain procedures, with a low incidence of bleeding and cardiovascular events reported in the prospective EMIT AF/VTE* study.

Audrey Abella, 15 Apr 2019
Remote monitoring (RM) reduced hospitalization rates in patients with heart failure (HF) and implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), according to data from the RESULT* trial presented at EHRA 2019.
Elaine Soliven, 12 Apr 2019
The use of catheter ablation as first-line treatment reduces the number of premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) in a paediatric population, according to a study presented at EHRA 2019.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Apr 2019

Patients who have recently experienced atrial fibrillation (AF) could benefit from treatment with upfront rate-control medication rather than undergoing immediate cardioversion to restore sinus rhythm, according to The Netherlands-based RACE 7 ACWAS* trial.

Audrey Abella, 10 Apr 2019
A two-part tilt training programme designed to retrain the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to respond correctly to move to an upright position effectively prevented reflex syncope (RS) or fainting episodes, offering patients an improved quality of life (QoL) and ability to return to work, according to data presented at EHRA 2019.

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