Ronpichai Chokesuwattanaskul, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thai Red Cross Society, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Charat Thongprayoon, Tarun Bathini, Konika Sharma, Karn Wijarnpreecha, Department of Internal Medicine, Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY 13326, United States
Patompong Ungprasert, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Department of Research and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Pavida Pachariyanon, Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX 79430, United States
Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39216, United States
Author contributions: Chokesuwattanaskul R and Thongprayoon C contributed to acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the articles, final approval; Bathini T and Sharma K contributed to acquisition of data, drafting the articles, final approval; Wijarnpreecha K and Ungprasert P contributed to interpretation the data, revising the article, final approval; Pachariyanon P contributed to interpretation the data, revising the article, final approval; Cheungpasitporn W contributed to conception and design of the study, critical revision, final approval.
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Correspondence to: Wisit Cheungpasitporn, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216, United States. email@example.com
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Received: May 2, 2018
Peer-review started: May 3, 2018
First decision: May 17, 2018
Revised: June 24, 2018
Accepted: June 28, 2018
Article in press: June 29, 2018
Published online: October 27, 2018