Blood pressure lowering medications and statins do not prevent cognitive and functional decline in elderly patients, according to results of the HOPE-3 trial* presented at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA 2016) held recently in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.
Roshini Claire Anthony spoke with Adjunct Associate Professor Gamaliel Tan, head and senior orthopaedic consultant at Ng Teng Fong Hospital in Singapore, on how GPs can help diagnose and treat lower back pain.
Despite guidelines advocating stroke risk factor assessment following retinal infarction (stroke of the eye), adherence to the guidelines within 90 days of infarct was poor among elderly patients, leading to a potentially elevated risk of stroke, according to a study presented at the recent International Stroke Conference 2018 (ISC 2018) in Los Angeles, California, US.
The use of a ticagrelor/aspirin combination was more successful than a clopidogrel/aspirin combination in reducing the rate of high on-treatment platelet reactivity (HOPR) in patients with a recent minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), according to results of the PRINCE* trial conducted in China.
The use of tenecteplase may be a suitable alternative to alteplase prior to endovascular thrombectomy in patients with a large vessel ischaemic stroke, according to results of the EXTEND-IA TNK* study.
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.