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Hypertension and nephrology

NOVEMBER 04, 2020

[Wearing a face mask: effect on a doctor – patient relationship. Complicating factors and their compensations]

VONYIK Gabriella, FARKAS Martin, TURNER Andrea, FINTA Ervin, BORSZÉKI Judit

[Wearing face masks plays an important role to effectively decrease the chance of transmitting respiratory diseases. Face masks commonly worn during the Covid-19 pandemic to shield the mouth and the nose, cover about 60- 70% of the area of the face that is crucial for the effective verbal and nonverbal communication and perception of mental states. Face masks may complicate social interaction especially in the medical setting where communication skills and doctor-patient relationship are essential to primary care consultations. Literature was reviewed on the impact of such face masks on effective doctor and patient communication as well as useful alternative ways are suggested to compensate them in order to maintain the effective doctor-patient interaction.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

[Case report about the choice of care at Olajág Elderly Home in Budapest during the COVID-19 epidemic in spring 2020]

PETRÓ Kata, PETKE Zsolt, RADNAI Zoltán, SZIRMAI Viktor

[During the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, elderly people in long-term nursing homes were espe­cially risks exposed. In this study, the au­thors analyse the causes of local outbreak at the Olajág Elderly Home Vezér street facility in Budapest and the means and ways to curb the spreading of infection. They summarise the measures, which proved to be effective in isolation and treat­ing the patients. The number of infected residents as well as the course of the disease are demonstrated by statistical data. The authors consider as pre-eminently important to identify asymptomatic but in­fec­ted residents, further the rapid introduc­tion of screening tests, strict compliance with protocols, patient path regulation and the use of enhanced, supportive communication.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

[Hypertension in the elderly ]

BARNA István

[Elevated isolated systolic pressure is the most common and greatest cardiovascular risk factor with age. The prevalence of hypertension increases with age and ex­ceeds 60% over 70 years. Proper treatment of hypertension in the elderly, even in very old age (> 80 years), increases life expectancy and reduces the risk of cardiovascular events. For patients over 65 years of age, the target blood pressure range is between 130-139 / 70-80 mmHg if the patient tolerates the treatment. In elderly patients with poorer conditions, systolic blood pressure may be <150 mmHg. White-coat hypertension is common, nondipper ratio is increased, autonomic nervous system dysregulation is more common, and orthostatic decrease of blood pressure. The renal function is decreased or already impaired, often resulting in poorer therapeutic cooperation due to impaired cognitive function. The blood pressure lowering effect of targeted lifestyle changes may be the same as medication monotherapy, with the main disadvantage of decreasing adherence over time, for which a proper physician-patient relationship is essential. First-line agents for the treatment of elderly hypertension include angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), long-acting calcium channel blockers, and thiazide, thiazide-like diuretics. Beta-blockers should be used in the treatment of elderly hypertension if they have other indications (coronary heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmias). More than 70% of hypertensive patients should use combination therapy to achieve target blood pressure. Take advantage of fixed dose combination to improve compliance to optimize treatment. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

[Kidney diet and the patient compliance issue ]

LADÁNYI Erzsébet

[There have been significant developments in the field of nephrology and dialysis as for the science and technology are concerned in the past decades. However, CKD patients still show high mortality and morbidity. From among the several factors determining the long-term outcome of CKD patients metabolic disorder and malnutrition play an important role. Malnutrition is often not diagnosed or is not paid enough attention to in the complex treatment of CKD patients. It is important to make both the patients and clinical staff more aware of proper nutrition and importance of prevention and treatment of malnutrition, respectively. The early diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition is of utmost importance in CKD patients. The long term renal failure and the accompanying malnutrition have a negative impact on their long term outcome and quality of life. Since the malnutrition causes a lot of complications, it is indispensable for dietitians and nephrologists to work closely together. Patient compliance is a determining factor in the successful implementation of renal diet.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2019

[How many cardiovascular events can be avoided by a lipid lowering therapy based on preventive guidelines?]

MÁRK László

[The lipid lowering therapy became one of the most important elements in the cardiovascular prevention, yet it is not appropriately evaluated neither by the doctors, nor by the patients. The lipid goal attainment should to be improved according to Hungarian and international data. Using a recommendation guided lipid lowering therapy the most benefit can be expected in the patients at very high risk who alrea­dy had a cardiovascular event, where the LDL-cholesterol goal is 1.8 mmol/L. Calculating upon the data of 170000 patients of Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration a decrease of LDL-cholesterol level from 2.5 mmol/L to 1.8 in 100 patients in 10 years would avoid 3 myocardial infarctions, strokes or death, lowering that from 3.5 mmol/L to the goal would prevent these 3 events within 5 years. Using the traditional LDL-cholesterol lowering medication, high dose statin and ezetimibe, if the attitude of doctors and the compliance of patients would be ideal, the 1.8 mmol/L goal attainment rate would be over 80%. Unfortunately, up to now the reimbursed administration of ezetimibe in Hungary is still bound to a specialist’s recommendation, adding it to any dose of any statin an additional 20% LDL-cholesterol can be expected. The reimbursed administration of PCSK9-inhibitors is possible only based on a special request to National Health Insurance Fund. To achieve a better national cardiovascular morbidity and mortality the attitude of the doctors and the adherence of the patients to the lipid lowering therapy should be improved (it’s the goal of the present paper as well).]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 20, 2019

[Treating methods of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and related difficulties in daily practice ]


[Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is the most common breathing disorder during sleep. Its incidence is between 2-4%, but in many cases, the disease is not recognized. It has many symptoms, but the most typical symptoms are loud snoring and daytime sleepiness. Treatment always consists of several elements depending on the patients’ specific needs. When deciding on which treatment to use efficiency and the patients’ compliance are the key factors. The necessity of the therapy can be determined by three criteria: clinical complaints (daytime discomfort), the severity of the breathing disorder and the accompanying cardiovascular diseases. Treating possibilities for the mild to moderate OSAS are lifestyle changes (losing weight, avoiding alcohol and sedative drugs), positional therapy, oral appliances, and varied surgical corrections. For patients with moderate to severe OSAS and mild OSAS with severe symptoms the first line therapy is continuous positive airway pressure. In addition to presenting new therapeutic options, the authors describe the role of the family physician in the care of apnea patients.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2019

[Long-term CPAP compliance among Sleep Apnea Patients at the Sleep Laboratory of the Hungarian Defense Forces Medical Center ]


[Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is the most common sleep disorder, with a prevalence of 2-4% in the overall popula­tion. It is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and its daytime symptoms significantly impair the patients’ quality of life and increase the risk of work and road accidents. Its first-line treatment is the CPAP device (Continuous Positive Airway Pres­sure) the effectiveness of which is significantly determined by the compliance of the patient. Although the issue of compliance in such treatment is a very important factor, long-term studies including a large number of patients have not been published yet, and there are no known data about it in Hungary. OBJECTIVE - Examining the long-term compliance of CPAP among OSAS patients in a sleep laboratory in Hungary. METHOD - 3403 OSAS patients were selected for our study between January 1, 2007, and September 30, 2017. The diagnosis and titration of effective CPAP pressure were determined by polysomnography. Patients were controlled after 2 months of therapy and then every 6 and 12 months. During the care, their compliance value was determined by data downloaded from their device's memory card. RESULTS - The mean age (± SD) of patients was 59.0 (± 10.5) years, most of them were male, 2676 (78.6%), their average body mass index (BMI) was 32.6 (± 5.25) kg/m2, their average Epworth Sleepiness Scale score was 11.4 (± 5.0), their average Apnea-Hypopnoe index was 51.0 (± 19.5) events/hour. The average usage time of the CPAP device was 5.0 (± 1.9) hours. 72.3% of the patients used the device for over 4 hours and 27.7% used it for less than 4 hours. 34.7% of the patients used the device for more than 6 hours. The Epworth Sleepiness Score showed a significant and dose-dependent improvement over CPAP treatment, with a greater improvement among patients who used the machine for longer hours. The highest score improvement was achieved by users who used CPAP between 6-7 hours, averaging 7.3 (± 3.2) points (p <0.001). CONCLUSIONS - Our present study shows that high average compliance can be achie­ved among well-adjusted and well-maintained patients. ]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

JUNE 30, 2018

[The importance of the hand hygiene compliance development in the light of prevention of nosocomial infections]

SAJTI Anikó, CSERNUS Mariann

[Good hand hygiene is the most effective means of preventing healthcare-associated infections, as contaminated hands are the greatest risk of spreading infections. It is critical that the infection control professionals emphasise the importance of good hand hygiene practices and help the health care professionals on the five steps of hand hygiene. The author presents in the case study that the numbers of positive urinary microbiological samples were decreased with systematic hand hygiene examination with direct methods and continuous feedback of experiences among the staff of the intensive care unit. For further development four sensory, alcoholic hand scrubbers with spraying automats were fitted by the management of the unit. Data obtained directly from observation further analysis is our goal a comprehensive study for the profession, which can serve as a positive example later to launch compliance development programs in other hospitals. ]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

[Role of ketoanalogue amino acids and diet in the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease]

KISS István, HARIS Ágnes, DEÁK György

[Low protein diet is an important component of the non-pharmacological treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Along with the diet it is important to maintain appropriate energy intake to avoid malnutrition. It is recommended to supplement low protein diet (0.6-0.7 g protein/kg body weight/day) with essential amino acids and their ketoanalogues (ketoacids) in a dose of 1 tablet/8-10 kg body weight if there is a threat of protein malnutrition (eg. vegan diet). Very low protein diet (0.3-0.4 g protein/kg body weight/day) should be supplemented with ketoacids in a dose of 1 tablet/5 kg body weight. Low protein diet is recommended for patients with CKD stage 3 and progressively declining renal function, or nephrotic syndrome; in diabetic nephropathy; in CKD stage 4 and non-dialyzed CKD stage 5. Nephroprotective effect of very low protein diet is primarily expected is patients with an eGFR below 20-25 ml/min/1.73 m2 and good compliance. Dietary protein restriction may diminish acidosis and proteinuria, slow the progression of CKD and delay initiation of dialysis. Diets reduced in protein supplemented with appropriate energy intake and ketoacids are nutritionally safe. Dietary education and guidance of patients by qualified dietitians are of great importance in nephrology clinics. We illustrate the main points of our review with case reports.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2018

[Strategies of using the new antiepileptic drugs for epilepsy in adults]

NIKL János

[The new antiepileptic drugs have not changed the basic pharmacological treatment principles of epilepsy, but they have given greater choice in focal and in generalized epilepsies as well. The new drugs are not necessarily more effective than traditional drugs, but they have favourable pharmacokinetic characteristics, fewer interactions and better adverse effect profile in the acute and chronic phase of the treatment. They generally show a lower teratogenicity risk than the standard antiepileptics, although carbamazepine, one of the standard drugs can be used and zonisamide, a new one must be avoid in pregnancy. Due to characteristics mentioned above they are not only effective as add-on therapy, but in monotherapy as well. On the basis of the international and national recommendation lamotrigine and levetiracetam belong to the first line antiepileptics. The favourable tolerability of the new antiepileptics may improve the patient’s compliance and adherence to the given treatment. The low teratogenicity makes them especially suitable for the treatment of women of childbearing age. The new antiepileptic drugs can succesfully used for the treatment of special patients’ groups as for the post stroke, poszttraumatic epilepsies, for the epilepsies accompanied with brain tumours as well as for epilepsies in the elderly. The new drugs are advantageous for the treatment of such patients who have psychiatric symptoms or signs of cognitive decline and high risk of these symptoms respectively.]