LAM Extra for General Practicioners



APRIL 21, 2009

LAM Extra for General Practicioners - 2009;1(02)

[The high world prevalence of cerebrovascular diseases, and the particularly bad morbidity rates of Hungary are well known. The physiological properties of the brain make stroke prevention outstandingly important. Effective prevention will be reflected in the reduction of the late complications that are otherwise common and expensive to treat. Because of the common simultaneous development of stroke, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular diseases, overall vascular disease prevention is preferred, even if the various vascular diseases manifest in different degrees in a patient. Hungarian data also indicate the high risk of recurrence of cerebrovascular diseases, therefore, the importance of secondary prevention is obvious. Large international studies have proven the strokepreventing effect, and, by a pleiotropic drug action, additional benefits, of the efficient treatment of blood lipid disorders. Consensus conferences in recent years defined clear and even stricter lipid-lowering target values, mostly to be reached by “double inhibition”, bile acid binding resins, fibrates and nicotinic acid derivatives, beside the most common statin treatment. Neurological and stroke departments and clinics play a pivotal role in vascular prevention.]



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[In order to facilitate (general) practitioner’s therapeutic decisions, this overview reviews advantages and disadvantages of three drug classes used for acid reduction, as to antacids, histamine 2-receptor antagonists (H2RAs), and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The possibilities and mechanisms of gastric acid reduction are detailed. This can be achieved either by neutralization of gastric acid by systemic or non-systemic antacids, or by inhibiting acid secretion by H2RAs and PPIs. PPIs are the strongest acid reducing agents indispensable in gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), eradication therapy for Helicobacter pylori ulcers and Zollinger- Ellison syndrome, and they are first choice in non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) induced gastropathy, epigastric pain syndrome, and functional upper GI dyspepsia. Nonetheless, antacids and H2RAs are faster in relieving pain in the latter pain syndrome and in acute heartburn. Contraindications and adverse effects of these three drug classes are also detailed. The author has concluded that physicians’ up-to-date awareness of these compounds’ pharmacological properties contributes to their ability to tailor acid reduction therapy to patients’ individual needs. Refreshing and expanding this knowledge will finally benefit patients seen in everyday practice.]

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Background and purpose - Migraine is a risk factor for ischemic stroke in women of childbearing ages. Previous researches revealed a higher prevalence of hyperhomocysteinemia in migraineurs. Possible differences on the frequencies of hyperhomocysteinemia between migraine with aura and migraine without aura could contribute the established variances in stroke risk between these migraine types. Therefore, we aimed to search if the frequency of hyperhomocysteinemia was different between these subtypes of migraine or not. Methods - We analyzed the findings of serum homocysteine levels in female migraineurs of 16-49 years old who admitted to our outpatient clinic. Results - Homocysteine level was elevated in 13.3% of study population. There were not any significant differences on median serum homocysteine levels between migraine with aura (8.0 mikromol/L) and without aura (8.5 mikromol/L). (p=0.426) The frequencies of hyperhomocysteinemia were also similar (9.1% versus 16.7%, respectively; p=0.373). Correlation analyses did not reveal any linear correlation between ages and homocysteine levels either in group of migraine with aura or in group of migraine without aura (p=0.417 and p=0.647, respectively). Similarly, any linear correlation between disease ages and homocysteine levels either in group of migraine with aura or in group of migraine without aura was not detected (p=0.359 and p=0.849, respectively). Conclusion - The median serum homocysteine levels and the frequencies of hyperhomocysteinemia are similar between migraine with aura and without aura in women of childbearing ages. Therefore, the variances on stroke risk ratios between these types of migraine are probably not originated from the differences of serum homocysteine status.

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[Examination of the efficacy of clopidogrel-hydrogen-sulphate in patients with cerebrovascular disease]

SZAPÁRY László, FEHÉR Gergely

[INTRODUCTION - On the basis of current guidelines, acetylsalicylic acid plus dipyridamole or clopidogrel monotherapy should be used for the long-term treatment of patients with cerebrovascular disease, whereas acetylsalicylic acid monotherapy is not recommended. The efficiency of recently introduced generic clopidogrels has not been assessed in patients with a history of acute stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS - 100 patients with a history of acute stroke or transient ischaemic attack were involved in our study. The patients received acetylsalicylic acid monotherapy in the first 48 hours, followed by clopidogrel-hydrogen sulphate (Egitromb®) monotherapy. The efficiency of the therapy was assessed on day 7 and 28 of medical therapy. RESULTS - At the first measurement (day 7) after clopidrogel-hydrogen sulphate treatment, the therapy seemed to be inefficient in 11 patients (11%). A strong, clinically significant correlation was found between blood pressure values, blood glucose and lipid parameters, hsCRP levels and platelet aggregation values. At the second measurement (day 28), an aggressive secondary preventive threapy resulted in the normalisation of the above mentioned parameters, and the efficiency of platelet aggregation inhibtion therapy was also improed, whereas no patients proved to be resistant. No unwanted events or haemorrhagic complications were registered. CONCLUSIONS - On the basis of the result of our study, treatment with clopidogrel- hydrogen sulphate is safe and efficient both clinically and on the basis of optical aggregometry. The significance of an aggressive secondary preventive therapy should be considered as a factor that might influence the efficiency of thrombocyte aggregation inhibitory therapy.]

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KISS István, NAGY Judit

[The reason of the unfavourable life expectancy of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not only the development of end-stage renal failure but the frequent appearance of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Chronic kidney damage itself is a cardiovascular risk state and the occurrence of CVD/associated diseases is significantly higher in chronic kidney failure. Beside risk stratification and valid treatment of CVD (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease e.g.) we and the international nephrological community have left the cerebrovascular diseases of CKD patients out of consideration. However, up to 50% of patients suffering a stroke will die immediately, only 10% of stroke survivors can continue his/her profession, but the others will be permanently disabled. High blood pressure is a strong predictor of stroke and of other CVD in most of the patients. In stroke risk reduction it is particularly important to reach the target blood pressure values. The main object of the “Live under 140/90 mmHg” programme of the Hungarian Society of Hypertension is to familiarize with target blood pressure itself and how to reach target blood pressure. In 2010, prevention, early diagnosis and management of stroke are the most important challenges of this programme (The Brain Control Programme). We think it is advisable to prepare and publish a clinical practice guideline in collaboration with stroke societies which is similar to the guidelines of international societies and of the Hungarian Society of Stroke but specific for CKD patients. This guideline would help to give a uniform, up-to-date treatment for the cerebrovascular diseases of CKD patients.]