• Editorial


    Hereby, new 11th issue of SEEMEDJ is presented to you. This issue brings 14 articles with main topic of arterial hypertension. Arterial hypertension is leading cardiovascular disease but also a risk factor for other cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and is major public health problem due to high prevalence. Thus, this issue of SEEMEDJ is co-edited with member of Croatian Academy of Science, prof Bojan Jelaković. Topics covered in present issue are hypertension management with SGLT2 (e.g. invited review of Bilić-Čurčić et al), articles that assessed comorbidities and outcomes of arterial hypertension, particularly in relation to COVID-19, still actual topic (articles by Gvozdanović et al and Bukal et al). Several reviews address other topic related to arterial hypertension, such as effects of anxiety, depression and antidepressant use on blood pressure by Ivanušić-Pejić et al, and relationship dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and arterial hypertension (Jug et al) and new markers for hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, non-coding parts miRNAa (Kolobarić N and Drenjančević I). Adeleke’s and co-workers presented a study on relationship between alcohol use and patterns of blood-pressure change due to examination stress among university academic stuff.  In relation to world and national campaigns for dietary salt intake reduction is intriguiging question if consumption of iodine is to high (elaborated by Vasiljev et al). Lack of physical activity is also important contributing factor for bad hypertension outcomes. On the other hand, physical activity is necessary to preserve functional ability of elderly, which is studied by Bilajac et al. Kurup et al investigated transfusion transmissible infections among blood donors in the National Blood Transfusion Service in Guyana. Mišković et al reviewed relationship of iron deficiency and recurrent aphtous stomatitis, while, Liović-Milec et al. presented their work on transient corneal edema after phacoemulsification, demonstrating that older patients, higher grade of NO and amount of energy consumed during procedure are predictive factors for severity corneal edema. During intramuscular vaccine injections aspiration has always been performed, to ensure that the needle does not puncture one of the blood vessels. If lack of this simple procedure is related to side effects of vaccination (against COVID-19, for example) is reviewed by Kajan et al. Finally, Slivšek and co-authors introduce to us a concept of deep ecology.

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  • Editorial


    Dear colleagues,

    Hereby, new 10th issue of SEEMEDJ is presented to you. This issue brings flaming topic of COVID-19 disease and some intriguing questions on transmission and mortality of COVID-19 in cancer patients in relation to blood group (Ebinc et al). Article by Bogov ić et al reviewed clinical outcomes of COVID-19. Anaemia of chronic disease is more common in COVID-19 positive patients and the clinical outcomes of COVID-19 disease is poorer. Also, an advanced inflammatory condition characterized with higher ferritin/t ransferrin ratio may be a predictive factor of intensive care unit admission in these patients. In line with wide discussion on pro and contra vaccination, article by Smajić et al. present a survey on university students and their attitudes towards responsible behavior and vaccination, finding interesting differences in favor to students form biomedical fields. Work in shifts significantly affects arterial blood pressure and higher ferritin levels in women, suggesting subclinical inflammatory process, possibly important in etiology of hypertension (Cvitkušić-Lukenda et al). Furthermore, Pavličević Tomas and Degmečić review data of 800 patients in psychiatry clinic and found out that almost one third of them suffered from hypertension which was related to recurrent depressive disorder, alcohol addiction and posttraumatic stress disorder.

    Outcomes of deep vein thrombosis in emergency department with emphasis on treatments with novel oral  anticoagulants (NOAC) is presented in article by Radilj et al. while chronic kidney disease related anemia is reviewed in study by Hrvačić et al. And finally, importance of effective minimization of blood usage and wastage in Guyana is presented in article by Kurupa et al.

    The art work at the cover page is a sculpture from the first half of 20th century, a work by Mihajlo Živić, artist from Osijek, whose work was influenced by Ivan Meštrović.

    I hope that readers will find relevant published articles for their work On a behalf of editorial board and my own, I warmly greet our readers and invite them to join us in the endeavor of publishing own scientific work in SEEMEDJ.

    Ines Drenjančević, MD, PhD
    Southeastern European Medical Journal (SEEMEDJ)


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