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Internationally indexed Hypertension journal honors the late Dr. Ramon F. Abarquez, Jr. with a special issue

By Reuben Ricallo

When Dr. Ramon F. Abarquez, Jr.—regarded as one of the most brilliant minds in Philippine Cardiology—was still alive, he encouraged his colleagues, fellows, residents and students to come up with scholarly papers that could be published in internationally indexed journals. He always believed that the international medical community should also read of our local data, as well as our insights on various medical issues.

It was just fitting that Dr. Venkata Ram, editor-in-chief of Hypertension journal, agreed to publish a special issue to pay tribute to Dr. Abarquez, who is the founding president of the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) and one of the pioneers of Cardiology in the country.

Dr. Rafael Castillo was invited as guest editor, with Dr. Eugene Reyes and Dr. Saturnino ‘Bong’ Javier as associate editors. Colleagues and others who were mentored by Dr. Abarquez contributed all the articles in the peer-reviewed journal. The journal is endorsed and promoted by the World Hypertension League in association with the World Health Organization.

On the front page of the journal, the publishers acknowledged that this special issue is from the Philippine Heart Association and PSH in honor of Dr. Abarquez.

The papers and their authors are:

• Preventing a Hypertension ‘Storm Surge’ in Southeast Asia (Rafael Castillo, Leilani Mercado-Asis)
• A Tribute: Prof. Ramon F. Abarquez, Jr. (Rafael Castillo)
• A Review of the Status on Hypertension in Six Southeast Asian Countries (Raymond Oliva)
• A Closer Look at the Latest United States and European Pediatric Hypertension Guidelines and Its Impact on Local Practice (Lourdes Paula Resontoc, Dolores Bonzon)
• The Impact of the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association and the 2018 European Society of Cardiology / European Society of Hypertension Guidelines on the Asian Population: Is It Time for Our Own Asian Hypertension Guidelines? (Arnold Benjamin Mina, Maria Vinny Mina, Dante Morales)
• Advocating Home Blood Pressure Monitoring in Improving Hypertension Control in the Philippines (Raymond Oliva)
• Revisiting Salt Sensitivity and the Therapeutic Benefits of Salt Restriction in Hypertension (Arnold Benjamin Mina, Maria Vinny Mina, Dante Morales)
• The Effectiveness of a Training Program for Advanced Practice Nurses in the Philippines on the Care of Patients with Primary Hypertension (Sarla Duller, Dan Louie Renz Tating, Lourdes Marie Tejero)
• Effect of Beta-blockers on Hypertension and Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials (Jeremy Go, L.D. Santiago, A.C. Miranda, Raul Jara)
• Treatment of Hypertension in the Different Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease (Anthony Rusell Villanueva, Cheryl Flores-Riva, Josephine Valdez)
• Management of Hypertension in the Setting of Acute Stroke: A Literature Review (Alejandro Bimbo Diaz, Jojo Evangelista, Carlos Chua, Abdias Aquino, Rafael Castillo)
• Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, and Management of Primary Aldosteronism and Pheochromocytoma (Leilani Mercado-Asis, Rafael Castillo)

It entailed a lot of hard work and patience for the paper authors, some of whom had to do multiple revisions to comply with the editors’ and reviewers’ queries and suggestions, as well as the technical requirements of the journal.

The journal is indexed internationally with agencies like Index Copernicus, Crossref, Proquest, Ebsco, ISI, and Google Scholar.

All articles can be accessed through direct QR code, digital object identifier (DOI), or uploaded Xml, PDF versions on the website ( Each paper in the journal has an assigned DOI which is the most important requirement of international indexing.

Clicking on a DOI link directly connects to one or more current URLs or other services related to a single resource, and should the URLs or services change over time, this same DOI will continue to link to the correct resources or services at their new locations. So each paper is assured of being accessible, readable and citable even in the distant future.

That’s some sort of a legacy to perpetuate the memory of Dr. Abarquez, who is truly one of the greatest icons of Philippine Cardiology.

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