LAM Extra for General Practicioners



DECEMBER 15, 2011

LAM Extra for General Practicioners - 2011;3(05)

[The mechanism of blood glucose lowering action of sulphonylureas, their advantages and potencial risks are overviewd in the article. The author delineates the present place of the sulphonylurea group in the antihyperglycemic therapy of type 2 diabetes, listing possibilities of monotherapeutic as well as combined applications. It is emphasized that traditional insulin-secretagogue compounds have their place in the therapy of type 2 diabetes even beside of the new, incretin-type secretagogues.]



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[The recognition of ECG artefacts is becoming increasingly important for physicians working in the field of internal medicine. At the same time, however, very little information about artefacts is published in either articles or textbooks. The authors provide a summary of the generation, types and recognition of ECG artefacts. The aim of the article is to draw the attention of clinicians to the dangers of this increasingly common phenomenon. Unrecognised artefacts can often prompt further (unnecessary) investigations and may result in establishing wrong diagnosis as well as erroneous treatment decisions.]

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[The occurrence of hypertension associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is increasing. Recognising COPD is important in order to choose the appropriate antihypertensive drugs. Antihypertensive drugs that can be used to treat patients with hypertension and COPD include diuretics, ACE-inhibitors, angiotensine receptor blockers (AT1 receptor antagonists) and calcium antagonists, as well as cardioselective beta blockers, as these drugs decrease total and cardiovascular mortality. Of these agents, the importance of the most cardioselective one, nebivolol should be stressed, as this drug has no clinically significant effect on parameters of respiratory function, and, through its additional effects (namely by increasing the synthesis of NO), it has a beneficial effect on COPD-related deterioration of respiratory functions, haemodynamic alterations (cor pulmonale) and local factors that participate in the respiratory inflammation and endothelial dysfunction.]

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KISS Zsófia, KIS János Tibor

[Metformin is currentlly the most commonly prescribed oral antidiabetic drug for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Its administration is limited by the contraindications and the possible gastrointestinal side effects. In Hungary, metformin is currently available in numerous forms, among which the extended-release tablets are distinguished because of their tolerability. The authors summarise the most recent data about the favourable features of metformin, help clinicians to choose the appropriate preparation of metformin, and highlight the administration procedures that help to avoid gastrointestinal side effects.]

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[The importance of assessing subclinical organ damage in risk prediction of hypertensive patients]

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[As the cardiovascular risk influences the quality and intensity of blood pressure lowering therapy, the goal blood pressure values and the frequency of medical control of hypertensive patients, as well as global risk assessment has an important role in the management of hypertension. In the last couple of years many data have been accumulated showing the poor prognostic value of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. This is the reason why recent Hungarian and international guidelines on the management of hypertension advise the screening for subclinical organ damage. Our goal was to summarize the importance of subclinical organ damage by discussing recently published literature on this topic. An overview has been made on the markers of vascular subclinical damage, like carotid atherosclerosis proved with carotid ultrasonography, peripheral arterial disease assessed with ankle-brachial pressure index measurements and vascular rigidity defined with pulse wave velocity measurements. The prognostic values of myocardial hypertrophy assessed with ECG and/or echocardiography and renal damage proved with decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate and proteinuria are also discussed. Summing up what has been said so far, the assessment of subclinical organ damage has a role in cardiovascular risk prediction, however more randomized and prospective studies have to be performed to define the most suitable (i.e. the most reliable and the most cost-effective) markers for this purpose.]

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[Cholesterol-lowering is not the Holy Grail, but neither is the work of the devil]


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