Whether the 2017 ACC/AHA* blood pressure (BP) guidelines should be adopted in Asian countries was the topic of a much-anticipated discussion here at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) Congress 2018 in Taiwan last week.
Implementation of an electronic national early warning score information system may cut the rate of in-hospital cardiac arrest, as well as improve the rate of survival to discharge, as shown in a study presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) Congress 2018.
Even in the absence of peripheral arterial disease, a lower ankle-brachial index is significantly associated with larger declines in cognitive function, according to a poster presented at the 2018 Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC 2018) in Taipei, Taiwan.
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor is superior to ezetimibe in reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), with or without statin therapy, according to a study presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2018 (APSC 2018) in Taipei, Taiwan. Additionally, PCSK9 inhibitor shows comparable safety profile.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection negatively affects the 12-year mortality in patients following acute myocardial infarction (AMI), as reported in a study from Taiwan. This association is particularly pronounced among males and individuals with hypertension, with cirrhosis further increasing the long-term mortality rates.
The reduction of intraventricular flow energy loss (EL) through biventricular (BiV) pacing appears to be linked to a decrease in the plasma levels of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), reports a poster presented at the recently concluded 2018 Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC 2018) in Taipei, Taiwan.
Compared to Western populations, the prevalence rates of Brugada syndrome and of sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS) are higher in Asia, particularly in the Philippines, reports Dr Giselle Gervacio in the recently concluded 2018 Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC 2018) in Taipei, Taiwan.
Obesity does not appear to be strongly correlated with an increased risk for febrile neutropaenia during levofloxacin prophylaxis in patients with haematological malignancies receiving intermediate-risk myelosuppressive chemotherapy, suggests a study.
Initiation or switch to the single-tablet regimen of bictegravir/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) led to low HIV-1 RNA viral load in people living with HIV (PLHIV), according to the BICSTaR study presented at HIV Glasgow 2020.
Use of corticosteroids appears to be an effective treatment for paediatric drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), suggest the results of a recent study. In severe cases, corticosteroids used in conjunction with intravenous immunoglobulin result in fast clinical improvement.