Sydney Cardiologist

Imaging, Prevention, Sports

Macquarie University , Sydney CBD and Blacktown

Sydney Cardiologist - Dr Jason Kaplan

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To contact Dr Kaplan directly about a patient or referral of a new patient call 0499 970 444 or email cardio@drjasonkaplan.com

Selection of recent talks and presentations by Dr Kaplan

  • Management of Dyslipidaemia
    How should serum lipids best be measured? What are PCSK9 inhibitors? What are the updated guidelines from the American College of Cardiology?
  • Low Cholesterol Diets
    Should coconut be restricted in people on low cholesterol diets? Should eggs be restricted in people on low cholesterol diets?
  • Complications of Statins
    What are the risk factors for and management of statin-induced myopathy? What is the management of a raised creatinine kinase due to statins?
  • Hypertension in Primary Care
  • Round the Cardiology World in 2015
  • Tailoring Hypertension Treatment to those with Co-Morbidities – A Different Approach
  • 3D Echocardiographic Assessment of Mitral Valve Disease
  • An Example of a Case-Based Approach to Hypertension
    Clinical Pearls in General Practice - Healthed Newsletter 19 Feb 2015

    Ben has been overweight many years but has lost 5 kg in the past 6 months. He’s a non-smoker and drinks alcohol moderately. Given his build, you consider obstructive sleep apnoea but he screens negative. He has mild asthma and today has a heart rate of 90 and a BP of 168/84 with 2+ ankle oedema. A workup for secondary causes of hypertension is negative but his fasting BSL is 6.8, total cholesterol is 5.8, and eGFR 57 is with microalbuminuria, giving him a high absolute risk of cardiovascular disease.

    Sound familiar?

    You can’t give Ben a beta blocker because of his asthma and verapamil causes constipation. Before you know it, he’s on felodipine 10 mg, perindopril 10 mg, prazosin 5 mg bd, and hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg – but now he’s troubled by leg swelling.

    Ben illustrates how a one-size-fits all approach to hypertension in general practice doesn’t work. His management will need to be individualised.

    Pertinent issues to consider are:
    • the low eGFR 57 of mL/min (chronic kidney disease stage 3a). This is known to be associated with abnormal sodium handling and volume-dependent hypertension.
    • his obesity, which is linked to increased salt sensitivity, defined by an increased systolic BP in response to sodium loading and raised sympathetic tone (hyperinsulinaemia increases proximal tubular sodium reabsorption).

    The commonest cause by far of resistant hypertension is underuse of diuretics at effective doses. Ben, for example, is getting too many vasodilators, leading to resistance.

    A tailored approach for him means reducing his felodipine to 5mg daily and stopping the prazosin.

    This should improve his leg swelling but won’t produce any real change in BP, so you will need to replace the hydrochlorothiazide with chlorthalidone 25 mg daily (it’s a stronger diuretic – almost three times strength of hydrochlorothiazide – and has a longer duration of action).

    This his GP did, causing the BP to fall to 155/84, with no change in renal function but some mild hypokalaemia requiring one Slow K a day.

    Ben has a high resting heart rate, suggesting catecholamine excess, so moxonidine is added. This brings the BP down to 140/78.

    Weight loss, a DASH diet, and CPAP after formal sleep studies further reduce the BP to 122/75.

    His final medications are:
    • perindopril 10mg nocte
    • felodipine 5 mg daily
    • chlorthalidone 25 mg daily
    • moxonidine 200 mcg daily


    Source: Dr Jason Kaplan, General Practice Education Day, Adelaide 2014
  • Good cardiac health – without the drugs
    Good cardiac health – without the drugs - The Medical Republic
    by Dr Jason Kaplan, 9 Feb 2017

    Lifestyle management centred around a healthy diet and exercise remains the most important factor in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

    There is no short cut to cardiovascular health and longevity. Despite patients’ interest in the paleo diet, 5:2 diet, that next super supplement, the effect of goji berries, coconut water or whatever else they find on the internet, we know that in reality, there is no easy or quick-fi x solution. Instead, we need to focus on what patients can easily incorporate into their daily lives to maximise their cardiovascular health and ultimately, to live longer.

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