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Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

[Results of the comprehensive health screening of Hungary (MÁESZ) in 2017 and comparative results of 2010-2017 specially to hypertension]

BARNA István, KÉKES Ede, DAIKI Tenno, DANKOVICS Gergely, KISS István, A MÁESZ Programbizottsága nevében

[The year 2017 saw the continuation of Hungary’s greatest and to date most comprehensive health screening program started in 2010. The examinations - among them coronary examinations - covered the fields of cardiology and hypertension, they took place in a specially furnished lorry. In the program we measured blood pressure, pulse rate, calculated cardiovascular risk, plasma cholesterol, glucose and uric acid levels. Whole body analysis started with measuring height, weight, abdominal circumference and waist/hip ratio defining target body weight. Following the measurement of body fat and muscle content we decided the surface volume of the abdominal fat and calculated body mass index. Participants and results of the examinations of the people who have presented themselves for the test since 2017 have been evaluated. In the Program a total (52.2%) women and (47.8%) men were tested at 204 locations. Upon data processing with the help of a query 21.9% of the participants reported suffering from hypertension. The screening truck has been to 1505 places is Hungary, and travelled 183,335 km, 135,879 people have participated in comprehensive screening. The average systolic blood pressure among women was in the normal range up to the age of 55 years. The diastolic blood pressure levels were in the normal range for both sexes (with the exception of the age group 46-55 of men where it exceeded the upper limit of the normal range by a minimal extent). Among men stage 1 hypertension was the most frequent status for all age groups; blood pressures above 140/90 were measured for 39% of subjects from age 18 onwards. Conclusions: Thanks to the vast information obtained through the program a comprehensive picture has been drawn about Hungary’s present health status not only on a regional or cross sectional level but as it was described in the program, too.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

[Treatment of hypertension in kidney transplant patients]

KOVÁCS Tibor, WAGNER László

[Most of the renal transplant recipients suffer from hypertension. Hypertension substantially contributes to the high cardiovascular mortality in this population. The recommendation of the Hungarian Society of Hypertension and the international guidelines suggest to achieve less than 130/80 mmHg as target blood pressure in these patients. Several factors may be in the background of hypertension after kidney transplantation, which can be summarized as factors from the recipient-side, the donorside and factors provoked by transplantation itself. In most of the cases early after transplantation high doses of immunosuppressive drugs (especially calcineurin inhibitors and steroids) are responsible for the increased blood pressure. There are some further special methods apart from the general recommendations which are needed during the examination of hypertension of kidney transplant patients: e.g. measurement of blood trough-level of immunosuppressive drugs, investigation of bone-mineral disorder, screening for the level and causes of anaemia, check-up of the renal graft circulation. Kidney transplant patients suffering from hypertension usually need more than two antihypertensive drugs beyond the use of non-pharmaceutical antihypertensive methods. In the early posttransplantation period calcium channel blockers are preferred antihypertensive medications, because they counterbalance the vasoconstrictive effect of calcineurin inhibitors. The administration of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone inhibitors are rather suggested after the stabilization of renal function (from the 1-3 months posttransplantation). When designing antihypertensive strategy, comorbidities and special factors should be regarded as well, especially volume overload, proteinuria, allograft function (GFR), diabetes, other cardiovascular risk factors, previous cardiovascular events. The setup of an individual therapeutical strategy is advised in view of all these factors, which is different according to the timing after transplantation: the perioperative, the early postoperative phases and from 1-3 months after transplantation have special focuses.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

[Hungary’s anthropometric position based on national public health screening (2010-2017). Data and correlation analysis - Part I.]

KÉKES Ede, BARNA István, DAIKI Tenno, Dankovics Gergely, †KISS István

[The aim of the study is to present a Hungarian anthropometric profile on a full-scale basis (body mass, BMI, waist circumference, waist/hip ratio, percentage of body fat, abdominal fat mass) based on the data of the “Nationwide Comprehensive Health Screening Program in Hungary 2010-2020” collected over 8 years. In the analysis we processed 70,094 women and 67,549 men. We found, that in the Hungarian society, overweight and obesity was on the rise between 2010 and 2017, and beyond 2014 its rate was ever higher. Growth of body fat and abdominal fat is characteristic for both sexes, but abdominal obesity in relative terms of waist size, waist/hip ratio and percentage of body fat is significantly higher in morbid obese women. The fact is particularly worrying that these growth trends are already present in age groups of 18-26. These signs warn us definitely that we need to take a greater part in influencing the lifestyle, eating habits of individuals and in the promotion of physical activity.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

AUGUST 30, 2018

[Vision or reality? Can Hungary become hepatitis C virus free by 2030?]

GERVAIN Judit

[According to the WHO, there are 71 million people worldwide and 3 million people in the EU who are infected with hepatitis C virus. Most of these infections, however, remain undiagnosed and only 6-7% of them received antiviral therapy. In Hun-gary, there are an estimated 50.000 infections, out of these 20.000 are identified, the remaining 30.000 infections are outside the reach of the health care sector. Early diagnosis and therapy are of utmost importance as late diagnosis leads to se-vere liver insufficiency, hepatocellular carcinoma and multiple other extrahepatic organ impacts. In Hungary, second generation direct acting enzyme inhibitor antiviral medications with a recovery rate of almost 100% are available since 2015. Since 2018, all patients are treated with this type of therapy. Nevertheless, there are several remaining professional, organisational and health policy issues to solve. Firstly, Hungary should join the EU’s HCV elimination programme which aims to eradicate hepatitis C virus from Europe by 2030. Secondly, the frequency and efficiency of national screening should be increased. Furthermore, better information of the general population, inclusion of general practitioners and civil organisations, and introduction of the compulsory screening of high risk groups and health care professionals would be necessary. This review summarises the evolution of hepatitis C virus diagnostics and therapy over the past three decades, current best practice and the still outstanding tasks. ]

Clinical Oncology

FEBRUARY 10, 2018

[Fatigue - symptom or side effect]

TOKODI Zsófia

[Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is common in most cancer patient, which has a high impact on the quality of their life. It affects not only the patient itself, but also their families and relationships. It is the most underreported, overlooked and undertreated symptom. The screening and adequate treatment of CFR is getting more attention nowadays and it became the subject of guidelines of several international expert groups like the ASCO) and the NCCN. In this review we would like to summarize the contributory factors of CRF, the screening methods, the clinical assessment and the interventions of patients with cancer related fatigue. We try to give guidance to distinguish fatigue as a symptom of disease progression or as a side effect that we can treat. But lastly the most important question becomes that why CRF is so underreported.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 02, 2018

[The realization of public health strategies and health-screening in the light of the results of the “comprehensive health screening of Hungary 2010-2017” program]

KISS István, BARNA István, DAIKI Tenno, DANKOVICS Gergely, KÉKES Ede

[The European Healthcare Consumer Index (EHCI) 2017 of Hungary is critically low. Hungarian’s EHCI evaulation are particularly bad in obesity, in nutrition and in physical activity. The ”Comprehensive Health Screening of Hungary 2010-2020" (MÁESZ), has been designed for 10 years, and the first eight years can be considered succesfull. In 2017, 23 931 people participated in a comprehensive screening test, which results 183 655 individuals over the eight years. In this paper, the authors summarize the main achievements of 2017 of MÁESZ. The eight years of the program has been demonstrating the lack of health-conscious behavior, and the deficiencies of health care in Hungary. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 02, 2018

[Therapy and examination of generalized anxiety disorder in general practitioner practice]

BECZE Ádám, HARGITTAY Csenge, KALABAY László, TORZSA Péter

[Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric conditions in primary care, but still the ratio of treated patients is low. Clinically significant anxiousness decreases work efficacy and quality of life, it can cause and often goes with somatic and other psychiatric comorbidities. Patients with anxiety disorders usually undergo many diagnostic tests and interventions turning out negative on all levels of the health system. The general practitioner has a significant role in diagnosing and assessing anxiety disorders, based on a focused history, tests for differential diagnosis and questionnaire screening tools. The generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is highly prevalent in primary care, appr. 8- 10%, 2-4 times frequent in women. Treat - ment is complex, evidence-based methods are available as certain lifestyle modifications, psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. A regular consultation with a psychiatrist colleague can improve the chronic care of patients with anxiety disorders.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

[How the recognition and treatment of primary aldosteronism could be improved?]

BAJNOK László

[Practically there were no randomized, controlled trials in the area of PA so far, but recently two such ones have appeared. In addition, both are paradigm- forming; yet not built into (yet?) the expert opinions. In the field of primary aldosteronism (PA), there is a sharp contrast between the world’s leading experts in many areas. There is consensus in respect that hypokalaemia, therapy resistance and vascular complications are more common in PA than in primary hypertension. According to prestigious studies, the ratio of surgically correctable cases can be around 5% of hypertension. However, only a tiny fraction of these cases are ever investigated even in the developed countries. Specific treatment might be reached more easily by a multi-speed approach applicable for domestic conditions in which one of the alternatives is the diagnostic process itself. In the latter, following aldosterone criteria are proposed: at screening greater than 15 ng/dl when associated with low renin, in the suppression test, for further testing (adrenal CT) a concentration above 5 ng/dl. This would provide a sufficient balance between sensitivity and specificity. Another solution could be the more widespread use of low dose spironolactone in resistant hypertension.]

Clinical Oncology

SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

[Viral infections during oncotherapy ]

ARÁNYI Zsuzsanna

[Immunosuppressive therapies, which were used in the past few years, have been causing different kinds of immunosuppression. In case of impaired cellular immunity, there is an increased risk of having the reactivation of latent viral infections. Certain viral infections or viral reactivations can be life threatening for patients with malignant diseases. Mild viral infections during chemotherapy can also disadvance the tumor therapy, which could affect the chance of recovery in a negative way. This is the reason, why the possibility of carrying viral infections or viral reactivations should be taken into consideration even in patients with solid tumor. Due to this, risk adaptive prevention strategies, and in certain cases, early antiviral therapies are needed.]

Hypertension and nephrology

DECEMBER 10, 2017

[Gout, hyperuricaemia and cardiovascular risk - Effects of allopurinol]

KÉKES Ede

[Hyperuricemia has an increasing clinical relevance due to its pathomechanism and its presence and adverse effects on cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases today. Its presence is a world phenomenon and in our country, we have seen increasing incidence rates during the screening surveys in recent years. Convincing evidence suggests that the high uric acid values in cardiovascular and renal diseases is an independent risk factor for CV mortality and their clinical manifestations. Experimental and clinical evidences indicates that in addition to gout, all high uric acid levels should be considered to initiate the XO inhibitor allopurinol treatment. Recently, in some diseases, in the treatment of the underlying disease (especially elderly hypertension, ischemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, chronic kidney failure) is also considered as an adjunct therapy.]