Dr Paul Chiam, a senior consultant cardiologist at The Heart & Vascular Centre, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, shares his insights with Pearl Toh on diagnosing and managing hypertension in the primary care setting.
More hours spent sitting or sleeping were tied to a reduced risk of total knee replacement (TKR) surgery due to severe knee osteoarthritis, according to a study from Singapore. In contrast, longer hours of physical activity were associated with an elevated risk for requiring TKR.
The addition of sildenafil to nintedanib provides no improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to results of the INSTAGE study presented at the 28th European Respiratory Society International Congress 2018 (ERS 2018).
Digital mindfulness is an acceptable nonpharmacological intervention that can be integrated with existing treatment for patients with asthma to improve quality of life, according to a study from the UK reported at the recent European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2018.
The anti–interleukin-5 (anti–IL-5) agent reslizumab significantly improves disease control and lung function and reduces the need for oral steroid maintenance therapy in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma, results of a real-life study have shown.
Interstitial lung abnormalities (ILA), a common finding in low-dose chest CT, are associated with a 5.5-fold increase in risk of lung cancer over long-term follow-up, according to a study reported at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2018.
Very early invasive coronary angiography within 12 hours does not significantly improve long-term outcomes of patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) compared with the standard strategy of evaluation within 48–72 hours, according to results of the VERDICT trial reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018.
In patients with left-sided infective endocarditis in stable condition, switching to oral antibiotics is as effective and safe as continued treatment with intravenous (IV) antibiotics, according to results of the POET trial reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018.