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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139276/preventing-stroke-and-assessing-risk-in-women
#1
Tracey Keteepe-Arachi, Sanjay Sharma
Ischaemic stroke is rare in premenopausal women but risk increases with advancing age and doubles in the ten years following the menopause. Up to the age of 75 years men have a 25% higher risk of suffering a stroke compared with women. However, the increased life expectancy of women ultimately results in a higher overall incidence. Twice as many women die from stroke compare with breast cancer. Women with cerebrovascular disease are more likely to present with atypical symptoms than men. Altered mental status (including unresponsiveness, confusion and behavioural change) is the most common nonconventional symptom, and is reported by 23% of women compared with 15% of men...
March 2017: Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136331/risk-factor-management-in-a-contemporary-australian-population-at-increased-cardiovascular-disease-risk
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D J Campbell, J M Coller, F F Gong, M McGrady, D L Prior, U Boffa, L Shiel, D Liew, R Wolfe, A J Owen, H Krum, C M Reid
BACKGROUND: Effective management of cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease risk factors offers longer, healthier lives and savings in health care. We examined risk factor management in participants of the SCReening Evaluation of the Evolution of New Heart Failure (SCREEN-HF) study, a self-selected population at increased cardiovascular disease risk recruited from members of a health insurance fund in Melbourne and Shepparton, Australia. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were age ≥60 years with one or more of self-reported ischaemic or other heart disease, irregular or rapid heart rhythm, cerebrovascular disease, renal impairment, or treatment for hypertension or diabetes for ≥2 years...
November 14, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122636/clinical-outcomes-and-history-of-fall-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-oral-anticoagulation-insights-from-the-aristotle-trial
#3
Meena P Rao, Dragos Vinereanu, Daniel M Wojdyla, John H Alexander, Dan Atar, Elaine M Hylek, Michael Hanna, Lars Wallentin, Renato D Lopes, Bernard J Gersh, Christopher B Granger
PURPOSE: We assessed outcomes among anticoagulated patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and a history of falling, and whether the benefits of apixaban versus warfarin are consistent in this population. METHODS: Of the 18,201 patients in ARISTOTLE, 16,491 had information about history of falling - 753 with history of falling and 15,738 without history of falling. The primary efficacy outcome was stroke or systemic embolism; the primary safety outcome was major bleeding...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109364/trend-of-prevalence-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-use-of-oral-anticoagulation-therapy-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-south-korea-2002-2013
#4
Mi Kyoung Son, Nam-Kyoo Lim, Hyun-Young Park
BACKGROUND: This study examined the annual prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and its associated comorbidities, as well as the prevalence of warfarin therapy in South Korean patients with AF. METHODS: The National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort database was searched for subjects aged ≥30 years diagnosed with AF from 2002-2013. The prevalence of AF was analyzed by sex and age, as was the current status of warfarin therapy in AF patients according to CHA2DS2-VASc score and comorbidities...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095971/quality-of-oral-anticoagulation-with-vitamin-k-antagonists-in-real-world-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-report-from-the-prospective-multicentre-fantasiia-registry
#5
María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Inmaculada Roldán-Rabadán, Vanessa Roldán, Javier Muñiz, Paula Raña-Míguez, Martín Ruiz-Ortiz, Ángel Cequier, Vicente Bertomeu-Martínez, Lina Badimón, Manuel Anguita, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
Aims: The efficacy and safety of oral anticoagulation (OAC) using the vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are closely associated with the quality of anticoagulation, reflected by time in therapeutic range (TTR). The SAMe-TT2R2 is a risk score developed to predict the quality of anticoagulation control among VKA users. To analyse the quality of anticoagulation and its clinical determinants based on different methods in a prospective cohort of atrial fibrillation patients on VKA treatment participating in the multicentre Spanish observational registry FANTASIIA...
October 31, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092916/use-of-oral-anticoagulants-in-combination-with-antiplatelet-s-in-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Caroline Sindet-Pedersen, Laila Staerk, Morten Lamberts, Thomas Alexander Gerds, Jeffrey S Berger, Anders Nissen Bonde, Jannik Langtved Pallisgaard, Morten Lock Hansen, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Gunnar H Gislason, Jonas Bjerring Olesen
OBJECTIVES: To investigate temporal trends in the use of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in combination with aspirin and/or clopidogrel in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) following acute myocardial infarction (MI) and/or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: Using Danish nationwide registries, all patients with AF who survived 30 days after discharge from MI and/or PCI between 22 August 2011 and 30 September 2016 were identified...
November 1, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081978/device-closure-for-patent-foramen-ovale-following-cryptogenic-stroke-a-survey-of-current-practice-in-the-uk
#7
Katherine Von Klemperer, Aleksander Kempny, Christopher William Pavitt, John C Janssen, Anselm Uebing, Edward Nicol
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure for cryptogenic stroke remains controversial due to a lack of conclusive randomised controlled data. Many experts feel PFO closure is indicated in selected cases; however, national and international guideline recommendations differ. We surveyed the UK cardiologists, stroke physicians and neurologists, seeking to determine specialist interpretation of the evidence base, and to gain an insight into the current UK practice. The British Cardiac Society and British Society of Stroke physicians distributed our survey which was performed using an online platform...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080863/temporal-trends-in-the-use-and-comparative-effectiveness-of-direct-oral-anticoagulant-agents-versus-warfarin-for-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-canadian-population-based-study
#8
Amy Y X Yu, Shaun Malo, Lawrence W Svenson, Stephen B Wilton, Michael D Hill
BACKGROUND: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are noninferior to warfarin for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to determine the population risk of stroke and death in incident AF, stratified by anticoagulation status and type, and the temporal trends of oral anticoagulation practice in the post-DOAC approval period. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a population-based cohort study of incident nonvalvular AF cases using administrative health data in Alberta, Canada...
October 28, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058207/stroke-risk-in-patients-with-device-detected-atrial-high-rate-episodes
#9
REVIEW
Ö Erküner, M Rienstra, I C Van Gelder, U Schotten, H J G M Crijns, J G L M Luermans
Cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) can detect atrial arrhythmias, i. e. atrial high-rate episodes (AHRE). The thrombo-embolic risk in patients showing AHRE appears to be lower than in patients with clinical atrial fibrillation (AF) and it is unclear whether the former will benefit from oral anticoagulants. Based on currently available evidence, it seems reasonable to consider antithrombotic therapy in patients without documented AF showing AHRE >24 hours and a CHA2DS2-VASc score (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years [doubled], diabetes mellitus, prior stroke [doubled], vascular disease, age 65-74 years and female sex) ≥1, awaiting definite answers from ongoing randomised clinical trials...
October 20, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043146/calciphylaxis-in-a-nondialysis-patient-treated-with-sodium-thiosulfate-and-high-dose-of-oxygen
#10
Anawin Sanguankeo, Natanong Thamcharoen, Sikarin Upala
BACKGROUND: Calciphylaxis in a nondialysis patient is a rare condition and is characterized by calcific deposition in tissue. We present a case of calciphylaxis in a nondialysis patient who was diagnosed by clinical presentation and skin biopsy and was treated with sodium thiosulfate with improvement of skin lesions. CASE: A 43-year-old female with type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation taking oral anticoagulation medication presented with reddish drainage from the right buttock...
2017: Clin Nephrol Case Stud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022745/real-world-adherence-to-oral-anticoagulant-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-in-china
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Xiao Xiang, Yaying Cao, Kexin Sun, Jing Song, Yaohua Tian, Qiongzhou Yin, Juan Juan, Yonghua Hu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Adherence to oral anticoagulants is crucial for the prevention of ischemic stroke in atrial fibrillation patients; however, evidence of oral-anticoagulant adherence from developing countries is still lacking. This study aimed to evaluate the current situation and predictors of oral-anticoagulant adherence in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients in China. METHODS: Records of NVAF patients were obtained from a regional claims database...
November 8, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990646/-clinical-profile-and-satisfaction-with-anticoagulated-treatment-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-attended-in-internal-medicine-and-neurology-departments-of-spain
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AIM: To determine the clinical profile, management of anticoagulant treatment and satisfaction related to anticoagulation in outpatients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation attended in Neurology or Internal Medicine departments of Spain. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Cross-sectional and multicenter study, in which 1,337 outpatients were included. Patients fulfilled ACTS, SAT-Q and EQ-5D questionnaires. RESULTS: 865 patients (64.7%) were recruited from Neurology department and 472 (35...
October 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983076/atrial-fibrillation-and-the-risk-of-myocardial-infarction-a-nation-wide-propensity-matched-study
#13
Hye Young Lee, Pil-Sung Yang, Tae-Hoon Kim, Jae-Sun Uhm, Hui-Nam Pak, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Boyoung Joung
In addition to being an established complicating factor for myocardial infarction (MI), recent studies have revealed that atrial fibrillation (AF) increased risk of MI. This study is to evaluate the risk of MI associated with AF in a nationwide population based cohort. We examine the association between AF and incident MI in 497,366 adults from the Korean National Health Insurance Service database, who were free of AF and MI at baseline. AF group (n = 3,295) was compared with propensity matched no-AF group (n = 13,159)...
October 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959503/stroke-quality-measures-in-mexican-americans-and-non-hispanic-whites
#14
Darin B Zahuranec, Lynda D Lisabeth, Jonggyu Baek, Eric E Adelman, Nelda M Garcia, Erin C Case, Morgan S Campbell, Lewis B Morgenstern
Mexican Americans (MAs) have been shown to have worse outcomes after stroke than non-Hispanic Whites (NHWs), but it is unknown if ethnic differences in stroke quality of care may contribute to these worse outcomes. We investigated ethnic differences in the quality of inpatient stroke care between MAs and NHWs within the population-based prospective Brain Attack Surveillance in Corpus Christi (BASIC) Project (February 2009- June 2012). Quality measures for inpatient stroke care, based on the 2008 Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center definitions were assessed from the medical record by a trained abstractor...
2017: Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956474/effect-of-atrial-fibrillation-on-contrast-induced-nephropathy-development-in-patients-with-non-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#15
Bariş Düzel, Sadik Volkan Emren, Rida Berilgen
We investigated the relationship between atrial fibrillation (AF) and contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI); 1045 consecutive patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions were enrolled. Risk factors for CIN were investigated. Baseline characteristics, except oral anticoagulant use, were similar between patients with and without AF. Patients with CIN show higher presence of diabetes mellitus (DM), coronary artery bypass graft surgery history, Mehran score, baseline creatinine levels, baseline glomerular filtration rate (GFR), peak troponin levels, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and presence of AF ( P < ...
November 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955382/atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure-a-therapeutic-challenge-of-our-times
#16
REVIEW
Syeda Atiqa Batul, Rakesh Gopinathannair
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) are growing cardiovascular disease epidemics worldwide. There has been an exponential increase in the prevalence of AF and HF correlating with an increased burden of cardiac risk factors and improved survival rates in patients with structural heart disease. AF is associated with adverse prognostic outcomes in HF and is most evident in mild-to-moderate left ventricular (LV) dysfunction where the loss of "atrial kick" translates into poorer quality of life and increased mortality...
September 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948451/a-diagnostic-approach-to-stroke-in-young-adults
#17
REVIEW
Christopher A Stack, John W Cole
Optimal diagnosis and management of stroke in young adults benefit from a multidisciplinary team, including a vascular neurology specialist. In addition to the "standard" vascular risk factors including smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia, one needs to consider alternative etiologies including substance abuse, carotid/vertebral artery dissections, and rare genetic conditions among others. Once a young patient is determined to have had a stroke, the next question a clinician should ask is why did this patient have a stroke? A "heart to head" diagnostic approach is recommended...
September 25, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939672/cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-identifying-truly-low-risk-atrial-fibrillation-for-stroke-a-korean-nationwide-cohort-study
#18
Tae-Hoon Kim, Pil-Sung Yang, Daehoon Kim, Hee Tae Yu, Jae-Sun Uhm, Jong-Youn Kim, Hui-Nam Pak, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Boyoung Joung, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: As the threshold of stroke risk for initiating oral anticoagulants is lowered after the introduction of the nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants, the focus of stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation has shifted away from predicting high-risk patients toward initially identifying patients with a truly low risk of ischemic stroke, who do not need antithrombotic therapy. We tested the predictive ability of the congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75, diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (doubled; CHADS2), congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 (doubled), diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (doubled), vascular disease, age 65 to 74, female (CHA2DS2-VASc), and Anticoagulation and Risk Factors in Atrial Fibrillation (ATRIA) risk stratification schemes in oral anticoagulants naive patients with atrial fibrillation in a Korean nationwide sample cohort...
November 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928175/integrated-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-including-tailoring-of-anticoagulation-in-primary-care-study-design-of-the-all-in-cluster-randomised-trial
#19
Carline J van den Dries, Ruud Oudega, Arif Elvan, Frans H Rutten, Sjef J C M van de Leur, Henk J G Bilo, Arno W Hoes, Karel G M Moons, Geert-Jan Geersing
INTRODUCTION: In our ageing society, we are at the merge of an expected epidemic of atrial fibrillation (AF). AF management requires an integrated approach, including rate or rhythm control, stroke prevention with anticoagulation and treatment of comorbidities such as heart failure or type 2 diabetes. As such, primary care seems to be the logical healthcare setting for the chronic management of patients with AF. However, primary care has not yet played a dominant role in AF management, which has been in fact more fragmented between different healthcare providers...
September 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883841/antiplatelet-and-anticoagulant-therapy-in-elderly-people-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-poland-based-on-the-polsenior-study
#20
Beata Łabuz-Roszak, Agnieszka Machowska-Majchrzak, Michał Skrzypek, Małgorzata Mossakowska, Jerzy Chudek, Andrzej Więcek, Maciej Wawrzyńczyk, Beata Łącka-Gaździk, Krystyna Pierzchała
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is an important and common cardiovascular risk factor. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the frequency of use of oral antiplatelet drugs (OAPs) and oral anticoagulant drugs (OACs) among the elderly with T2DM in Poland. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was based on the data collected in the Polish national PolSenior study. RESULTS: Among 4979 PolSenior participants aged 65 and over, 883 (17...
August 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
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