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Infections, both overall and in specific body sites, appear to be independent risk factors for venous thromboembolism, a recent study has shown.
Jairia Dela Cruz, Yesterday
Respiratory infections potentially play a role in precipitating acute myocardial infarction (AMI), with a recent study showing that the incidence of admissions for AMI is high during the week following laboratory confirmation of influenza infection.
New-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) may develop following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), but is extremely rare after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), among patients with left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD) undergoing revascularization in the EXCEL* trial, according to a study. Furthermore, NOAF development is strongly associated with subsequent death and stroke in CABG-treated patients.
Stephen Padilla, Yesterday
The risk of heart failure admission to hospital appears to be lower with canagliflozin in direct comparisons with three different classes of nongliflozin diabetes alternatives including DPP-4 inhibitors (DPP-4i), GLP-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RA) or sulfonylureas, as used in routine care, a recent study suggests. Moreover, the risk of myocardial infarction or stroke is comparable between canagliflozin and nongliflozin antidiabetic drugs.
Pank Jit Sin, 2 days ago
University of Malaya (UM) is appointed as the Capacity Enhancement Hub in Health-Related Fields in Malaysia for Africa, Southeast Asia and developing countries by Merck Foundation, a philanthropic organization established in 2017. The appointment was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between various stakeholders.  
2 days ago
A recent study has identified readily accessible risk factors linked to the occurrence of stroke and merged these in an easy-to-use risk score. This score may be used to identify patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and heart failure (HF) and an elevated risk for stroke despite their not presenting with atrial fibrillation (AF).
Jairia Dela Cruz, 3 days ago
N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is highly predictive of adverse heart failure (HF) outcome in both Asian and Caucasian patients, and the biomarker levels seem to be similar between the two populations in a stable HF setting, according to a study.
Special Reports
01 Feb 2018
Through a cardiology webcast hosted by Pfizer, Dr Jeyamalar Rajadurai, Dr Salim Virani and Dr Pamela Morris shared their insights into the importance of primary prevention measures in reducing the burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).
21 Dec 2017
Data presented at the 13th APCH, and recently published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, highlighted the current challenges of hypertension management in Asia and how home blood pressure monitoring may improve cardiovascular outcomes. We discussed the paper with lead author, Prof. Yook-Chin Chia.
21 Dec 2017
Asia-specific guidance on lipid management strategies for patients with type 2 diabetes has recently been published. We discussed the recommendations with lead author, Dr Titus Lau.
21 Dec 2017
Results from the ASCOT-LLA study suggest that patient reports of muscle-related adverse events were more common when patients knew they were being treated with a statin. We discussed this phenomenon, known as the ‘nocebo effect’, with senior investigator, Prof. Peter Sever.
21 Dec 2017
Physicians’ practice patterns in managing hypertension, and their awareness of blood pressure variability, were reported in a recent study in Singapore. We discussed some of the clinical practice gaps identified by this study with author, A/Prof. Teo Boon Wee.
20 Dec 2017
Interview with Prof Yook-Chin Chia: HOPE Asia Network: Current status of HBPM in Asia
20 Dec 2017
Interview with A/Prof Teo Boon Wee: Hypertension and blood pressure variability management practices among physicians in Singapore
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 13 Feb 2018
Combining the anticoagulant rivaroxaban with aspirin reduces the risk of ischaemic stroke by almost half without a significant increase in the risk of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) or haemorrhagic transformation compared with aspirin alone in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), according to new data from the COMPASS* study presented at ISC 2018.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 07 Feb 2018

A combination of the cholesterol-lowering drug rosuvastatin and blood pressure-lowering drugs candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide led to a significant 44 percent reduction in the risk of first strokes among individuals with an intermediate risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease, results from the HOPE-3* study showed.

Pearl Toh, 02 Feb 2018
Presence of fluid sacs in the kidneys may be indicative of an increased risk of stroke, suggest preliminary data from a study presented at the International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2018 in Los Angeles, California, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 15 Jan 2018

The cardiovascular (CV) efficacy and safety of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists in type 2 diabetes (T2D) appear to be a class effect, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of four major GLP-1 CV safety trials.

Roshini Claire Anthony, 11 Jan 2018

Individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who underwent bariatric surgery experienced significant reductions in several cardiometabolic risk factors up to 5 years post-surgery, according to a study from the UK. However, as the number of patients who achieved T2D remission was low, surgery alone may not be sufficient to manage metabolic risk factors. 

Pearl Toh, 11 Jan 2018
The protective effects of liraglutide against the risks of cardiovascular (CV) events and deaths may be reduced in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who experienced severe hypoglycaemia, but were independent of patient’s history of CV events at baseline, according to post hoc analyses of the LEADER* trial.
10 Jan 2018
Shared decision support with the use of standardized decision aids improves decision quality and reduces implantation of left ventricular assist device as destination therapy (DT-LVAD) in patients with advanced heart failure.
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