Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is increasingly being recognized as an accurate adjunct to clinic blood pressure measurement for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. We discussed the HOPE Asia Network’s recently published consensus recommendations on HBPM with lead author, Prof. Sungha Park.
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In an effort to better understand hypertension subtypes – including morning and white-coat hypertension – in Asian patients, the HOPE Asia Network has initiated the Asia BP@Home study across 12 countries and regions. We discussed the study’s design and objectives with lead investigator, Prof. Kazuomi Kario.
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A 70-year-old male with a history of diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and hypertension managed with atenolol presented to his family physician with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). He was prescribed terazosin. Over the course of a year he noticed worsening erectile dysfunction (ED) with difficulty maintaining a hard erection until orgasm.
Overcrowding of hospital wards, particularly in the general and emergency department, is becoming increasingly commonplace, which makes it difficult for healthcareproviders (HCPs) to provide timely and quality healthcare to all patients. The Early Warning Score (EWS) is a physiological track-and-trigger scoring system which facilitates early intervention. This article discusses how EWS can improve patient outcomes, focusing on the benefits of automated EWS systems.
Chronic venous disease (CVD) is a common condition affecting the adult population in both industrialized and developing countries. In conjunction with the 18th Congress of the Asian Society for Vascular Surgery (ASVS) 2017, a precongress venous workshop was held on 25 October 2017 at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, with the aim of providing vascular surgeons with updates on modern techniques and current therapeutic options for the management of CVDs. This venous workshop was led by Professor Ngoh-Chin Liew, Dato’ Dr Teik-Kok Hoand Dr Limi Lee, and saw 12 short lecture sessions by renowned stalwarts in the field of vascular surgery.
During the Kuala Lumpur International Neonatology Conference held in conjunction with the World Prematurity Day 2017, Dato Dr Musa Mohd Nordin spoke on the importance of immunizing children with the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-inactivated poliovirus-Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP-IPV-Hib) vaccine. He highlighted the role of Hexaxim® as a fully liquid, ready-to-use, 6-in-1 (including hepatitis B) vaccine for the primary and booster vaccinations of infants and toddlers. Meanwhile, Dr Yong Junina Fadzil discussed the benefits of quadrivalent influenza vaccines (QIVs) in providing children with broader protection against influenza B viruses.
Dr Elizabeth Carpenter, Principal Scientist of Dairy Goat Co-operative (DGC) in New Zealand, spoke to MIMS about goat milk as a source of protein in childhood nutrition. Below are highlights from the interview.
At a cardiology conference held in Hilton Kuala Lumpur, senior consultant cardiologist Dato’ Sri Dr Azhari Rosman spoke on the importance of non–high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non–HDL-C) and combination therapy as a novel approach in the management of atherogenic dyslipidemia (AD).
At the 13th Asian Congress of Paediatric Nephrology 2017 in conjunction with the 39th Malaysian Paediatric Association Annual Congress, Dr Wanatpreeya Phongsamart spoke on the importance of influenza vaccination in children, highlighting the role of quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) in providing a broader protection against influenza. Meanwhile, Emeritus Professor Somsak Lolekha shared his insights into the effectiveness of a hexavalent vaccine in paediatric immunization, and discussed its role in the Malaysian paediatric immunization schedule.
Taking 10 resting blood pressure (BP) readings daily for 2 days provides a reliable, stable representation of patients’ resting systolic (S)BP and diastolic (D)BP, according to a study. This approach shows that the current home BP monitoring protocol of twice-daily readings for 4–7 days may be trimmed down to just 48 hours.
A smartwatch photoplethysmography coupled with a mobile application using a machine learning algorithm can passively and accurately detect atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients undergoing cardioversion, albeit with less accuracy in ambulatory individuals with self-reported AF, a proof-of-concept study shows.
Impaired endothelial-dependent microvascular reactivity appears to be predictive of albuminuria progression in Asian patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who have normal urine albumin levels at baseline, but not in those with microalbuminuria, a prospective longitudinal cohort study suggests.