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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909151/cerebrovascular-disease-associated-risk-factors-and-antithrombotic-therapy-in-a-population-screening-cohort-insights-from-the-belgian-heart-rhythm-week-programme
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Marco Proietti, Georges H Mairesse, Peter Goethals, Christophe Scavee, Johan Vijgen, Ivan Blankoff, Yves Vandekerckhove, Gregory Yh Lip
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular disease confers a major healthcare burden worldwide and is a major cause of death and disability. Several well-established risk factors, such as atrial fibrillation (AF), are associated with cerebrovascular disease and antithrombotic therapy reduces risk. DESIGN: This study was a subgroup analysis from the Belgian Heart Rhythm Week, a nationwide AF awareness programme. METHODS: We studied subjects screened between 2012 and 2014 with available data on clinical risk factors and antithrombotic treatment...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893055/assessment-of-use-vs-discontinuation-of-oral-anticoagulation-after-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#2
Sara Själander, Fredrik Holmqvist, J Gustav Smith, Pyotr G Platonov, Milos Kesek, Peter J Svensson, Carina Blomström-Lundqvist, Fariborz Tabrizi, Jari Tapanainen, Dritan Poci, Anders Jönsson, Anders Själander
Importance: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a recommended treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, but it is unclear whether it results in a lower risk of stroke. Objectives: To investigate the proportion of patients discontinuing anticoagulation treatment after PVI in association with the CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years [doubled], diabetes, stroke [doubled], vascular disease, age 65-74 years, sex category [female]) score, identify factors predicting stroke after PVI, and explore the risk of cardiovascular events after PVI in patients with and without guideline-recommended anticoagulation treatment...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882517/cost-effectiveness-of-apixaban-versus-warfarin-or-aspirin-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-greek-perspective
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Kostas Athanasakis, Nadia Boubouchairopoulou, Eleftheria Karampli, Filippos Tarantilis, Paraskevi Savvari, Aikaterini Bilitou, John Kyriopoulos
BACKGROUND: Strokes attributed to atrial fibrillation (AF) represent a major cause of adult disability and a great burden to society and healthcare systems. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess the cost effectiveness of apixaban, a direct acting oral anticoagulant (DOAC), versus warfarin or aspirin for patients with AF in the Greek healthcare setting. METHODS: We used a previously published Markov model to simulate clinical events for patients with AF treated with apixaban, the vitamin K antagonist (VKA) warfarin, or aspirin...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799843/evaluating-the-benefits-of-home-based-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-current-perspectives
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REVIEW
Azfar B Sheikh, Jamie R Felzer, Abdullah Bin Munir, Daniel P Morin, Carl J Lavie
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia worldwide, leading to an extensive public health and economic burden. The increasing incidence and prevalence of AF is due to the advancing age of the population, structural heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and thyroid disease. The majority of costs associated with AF have been attributed to the cost of hospitalization. In order to minimize costs and decrease hospitalizations, counseling on modifiable risk factors contributing to AF has been strongly emphasized...
2016: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789143/prognostic-significance-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-lower-limb-amputee-patients
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S Ralevic, J Perunicic, R Lasica, J Marinkovic, T Blagojevic, I Simanic, M Asanin, G Stankovic
OBJECTIVE: In patients with risk factors or established atherothrombosis, atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a poor prognosis compared with patients without AF. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of AF in patients with lower limb amputation (LLA) and its association with cardiovascular death and adverse cardiovascular events in long-term follow-up. METHODS: Observational prospective study of consecutive patients after index major (transfemoral and transtibial) LLA...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783556/adherence-to-rivaroxaban-dabigatran-and-apixaban-for-stroke-prevention-in-incident-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Joshua D Brown, Anand R Shewale, Jeffery C Talbert
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are widely used for prevention of stroke secondary to nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Increased use of NOACs is partially a result of simplified regimens compared with warfarin, which has been associated with poor adherence and persistence to therapy. Few studies have assessed adherence to NOACs, especially using contemporary data now that multiple NOACs are available. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate adherence to NOACs in a cohort of newly diagnosed NVAF patients who are commercially insured...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27750222/long-term-risk-of-stroke-after-transient-ischemic-attack
#7
Peter Appelros, Maria Háls Berglund, Jakob O Ström
BACKGROUND: In the absence of active management, the stroke risk after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) may be high. Almost 10 years ago, the results of the EXPRESS and SOS-TIA studies called for a more rapid management of TIA patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the other stroke risks in the longer term, after the implementation of a more active approach to TIA. We also wanted to assess the predictive value of the ABCD2 score in this context. METHODS: Riksstroke is the national stroke registry in Sweden...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698722/analysis-of-the-first-therapeutic-target-achieving-time-of-warfarin-therapy-and-associated-factors-in-patients-with-pulmonary-embolism
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Xiaowei Gong, Haiyan Wang, Yadong Yuan
The present study aimed to investigate the factors affecting the first therapeutic-target-achieving (TTA) time of warfarin therapy in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PTE). Between January 2008 and June 2013, patients with PTE confirmed by transpulmonary arterial enhanced computed tomographic pulmonary angiography or pulmonary ventilation perfusion scanning were included in the present study. Data collected included demographic information, history of tobacco and alcohol intake, basic diseases (stable and unstable hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, cancer/cerebral infarction, old myocardial infarction and atrial fibrillation), liver and kidney function, the haemoglobin and platelet count of the blood, international normalized ratio monitoring, warfarin dosage adjustment and medication combinations...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688671/quality-of-anticoagulation-control-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-an-experience-of-a-tertiary-care-center-in-saudi-arabia
#9
Sarah M Alyousif, Ahmed A Alsaileek
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common chronic rhythm disorder. Patients with AF are at an increased risk of ischemic stroke. Therefore, optimal anticoagulation is essential to reduce the risk of stroke. The aim of this study was to assess the level of anticoagulation control achieved in patients with nonvalvular AF receiving medical care in a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study in ambulatory care clinics at tertiary care hospital in Saudi Arabia...
October 2016: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671867/impact-of-cha2ds2vasc-score-on-candidacy-for-anticoagulation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-multipayer-analysis
#10
Aarti A Patel, Winnie W Nelson, Jeff Schein
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to report on the effect of using CHA2DS2VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years [doubled], type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus, stroke or transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism [doubled], vascular disease [prior myocardial infarction, peripheral artery disease, or aortic plaque], age 65-75 years, sex category [female]) rather than CHADS2 (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, and prior stroke) to determine candidacy for anticoagulant prophylaxis in insured patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671272/impact-of-a-computerized-antithrombotic-risk-assessment-tool-on-the-prescription-of-thromboprophylaxis-in-atrial-fibrillation-hospital-setting
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E Pandya, N Masood, Y Wang, I Krass, B Bajorek
The computerized antithrombotic risk assessment tool (CARAT) is an online decision-support algorithm that facilitates a systematic review of a patient's stroke risk, bleeding risk, and pertinent medication safety considerations, to generate an individualized treatment recommendation. The CARAT was prospectively applied across 2 hospitals in the greater Sydney area. Its impact on antithrombotics utilization for thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation was evaluated. Factors influencing prescribers' treatment selection were identified...
September 26, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647168/evolving-antithrombotic-treatment-patterns-for-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation
#12
A John Camm, Gabriele Accetta, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Dan Atar, Jean-Pierre Bassand, Eivind Berge, Frank Cools, David A Fitzmaurice, Samuel Z Goldhaber, Shinya Goto, Sylvia Haas, Gloria Kayani, Yukihiro Koretsune, Lorenzo G Mantovani, Frank Misselwitz, Seil Oh, Alexander G G Turpie, Freek W A Verheugt, Ajay K Kakkar
OBJECTIVE: We studied evolving antithrombotic therapy patterns in patients with newly diagnosed non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and ≥1 additional stroke risk factor between 2010 and 2015. METHODS: 39 670 patients were prospectively enrolled in four sequential cohorts in the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the FIELD-Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF): cohort C1 (2010-2011), n=5500; C2 (2011-2013), n=11 662; C3 (2013-2014), n=11 462; C4 (2014-2015), n=11 046...
September 19, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27627092/-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Jindřich Špinar, Jiří Vítovec, Lenka Špinarová
UNLABELLED: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction occurs almost with the same frequency as heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. The diagnosis is based on echocardiography with evidence-based ejection fraction over 50 %, or with left atrial enlargement and left ventricular hypertrophy, and specification of natriuretic peptides. BNP 35 pg/ml and NT-proBNP 125 pg/ml are considered the limits of the norm for chronic heart failure. The treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction lacks clear evidence of mortality reduction, diuretics are recommended to remove symptoms, ACE inhibitors or sartans and beta-blockers to improve the prognosis...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625386/validation-of-a-modified-cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-stroke-risk-stratification-in-asian-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Tze-Fan Chao, Gregory Y H Lip, Chia-Jen Liu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Su-Jung Chen, Kang-Ling Wang, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Chern-En Chiang, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The age threshold for an increased stroke risk for patients with atrial fibrillation may be different for Asians and non-Asians. We hypothesized that a modified CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischemic attack, vascular disease, age 65-74 years, female) scheme, mCHA2DS2-VASc, which assigned one point for patients aged 50 to 74 years, may perform better than CHA2DS2-VASc score for stroke risk stratification in Asians...
October 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27621487/anticoagulant-and-antiplatelet-prescribing-patterns-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#15
Erin A Woods, Margaret L Ackman, Michelle M Graham, Sheri L Koshman, Rosaleen M Boswell, Arden R Barry
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend triple antithrombotic therapy (TAT), defined as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), clopidogrel, and warfarin, for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation. The choice of anticoagulant/antiplatelet therapy in this population is ambiguous and complex, and prescribing patterns are not well documented. OBJECTIVE: To characterize local prescribing patterns for anticoagulant/antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation...
July 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614403/safely-addressing-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-to-early-anticoagulation-after-acute-stroke
#16
Isabella Canavero, Anna Cavallini, Lucia Sacchi, Silvana Quaglini, Natale Arnò, Patrizia Perrone, Maria Luisa DeLodovici, Simona Marcheselli, Giuseppe Micieli
BACKGROUND: It has been widely reported that anticoagulants (ACs) are underused for primary and secondary prevention of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Furthermore, precise evidence-based guidelines about the best timing for AC initiation after acute stroke are currently lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this retrospective, observational study, we analyzed prescription trends in AFib patients with acute ischemic stroke who were hospitalized in four neurologic stroke units of our region (Lombardia, Italy)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27609678/edoxaban-versus-warfarin-in-atrial%C3%A2-fibrillation-patients-at-risk-of-falling-engage-af-timi-48-analysis
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Jan Steffel, Robert P Giugliano, Eugene Braunwald, Sabina A Murphy, Michele Mercuri, Youngsook Choi, Phil Aylward, Harvey White, Jose Luis Zamorano, Elliott M Antman, Christian T Ruff
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation is often avoided in patients with atrial fibrillation who are at an increased risk of falling. OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the relative efficacy and safety of edoxaban versus warfarin in the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective Anticoagulation with Factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 48) trial in patients with atrial fibrillation judged to be at increased risk of falling. METHODS: We performed a pre-specified analysis of the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48, comparing patients with versus without increased risk of falling...
September 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595695/trends-in-antithrombotic-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation-data-from-the-veterans-health-administration-health-system
#18
Joshua Buck, Peter Kaboli, Brian F Gage, Peter Cram, Mary S Vaughan Sarrazin
BACKGROUND: Although controversial, several prior studies have suggested that oral anticoagulants (OACs) are underused in the US atrial fibrillation (AF) population. Appropriate use of OACs is essential because they significantly reduce the risk of stroke in those with AF. In the >2 million Americans with AF, OACs are recommended when the risk of stroke is moderate or high but not when the risk of stroke is low. To quantify trends and guideline adherence, we evaluated OAC use (either warfarin or dabigatran) in a 10-year period in patients with new AF in the Veterans Health Administration...
September 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555569/primary-and-key-secondary-results-from-the-rocket-af-trial-and-their-implications-on-clinical-practice
#19
Rohan Shah, Manesh R Patel
BACKGROUND: The safety and efficacy of the oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban were studied in the Rivaroxaban Once Daily Oral Direct Factor Xa Inhibition Compared with Vitamin K Antagonism for Prevention of Stroke and Embolism Trial in Atrial Fibrillation (ROCKET AF trial). A number of subanalyses of the ROCKET AF trial have subsequently analyzed the use of rivaroxaban in special patient populations. METHODS: The outcomes of the ROCKET AF trial were reviewed. The use of rivaroxaban in higher risk populations, as determined by the presence of co-morbidities included in the CHADS2 criteria, was analyzed...
August 23, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27532238/oral-anticoagulation-in-octogenarians-with-atrial-fibrillation
#20
González Saldivar Hugo, Lourdes M Figueiras-Graillet, Manuel Anguita, Francisco Marín, Vicente Bertomeu, Inmaculada Roldán, Martín Ruiz, Javier Muñiz, Manuel Martínez-Sellés
BACKGROUND: Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are still largely employed, even in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Our aim was to study the clinical profile of octogenarians treated with oral anticoagulation and to study the effect of age on the quality of VKAs anticoagulation. METHODS: Data are from a prospective national registry in an adult Spanish population of nonvalvular AF. We included 1637 patients who had been receiving VKAs for at least 6months before enrolment...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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