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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343849/oral-anticoagulant-therapy-for-older-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-review-of-current-evidence
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REVIEW
Mario Bo, Enrica Grisoglio, Enrico Brunetti, Yolanda Falcone, Niccolò Marchionni
Atrial fibrillation is more frequent in older patients, who have a higher risk of cardioembolic stroke and thromboembolism. Oral anticoagulant therapy is the standard of treatment for stroke prevention; however, under-prescription is still very common in older patients. The reasons underlying this phenomenon have not been systematically investigated, and true contraindications only partially account for it. An intimate skepticism on the real benefit-risk balance of oral anticoagulant therapy in the oldest patients seems to derive from the fact that most studies supporting it were conducted decades ago and included younger patients, with overall better functional and clinical status...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339794/short-term-dabigatran-interruption-before-cardiac-rhythm-device-implantation-multi-centre-experience-from-the-re-ly-trial
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Vidal Essebag, Riccardo Proietti, David H Birnie, Jia Wang, James Douketis, Benoit Coutu, Ratika Parkash, Gregory Y H Lip, Stefan H Hohnloser, Andrew Moriarty, Jonas Oldgren, Stuart J Connolly, Michael Ezekowitz, Jeff S Healey
Aims: Cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) surgery is commonly performed in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The current analysis was undertaken to compare peri-operative anticoagulation management, bleeding, and thrombotic events in AF patients treated with dabigatran vs. warfarin. Methods and results: This study included 611 patients treated with dabigatran vs. warfarin who underwent CIED surgery during the RE-LY trial. Among 201 warfarin-treated patients, warfarin was interrupted a median of 144 (inter-quartile range, IQR: 120-216) h, and 37 (18...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335637/reversing-the-anticoagulation-effects-of-dabigatran
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William E Dager, Linda Banares
The standard of care for oral anticoagulation therapy has primarily been warfarin, which is limited by its indirect mechanism-of-action, variable kinetics, tolerability, and routine monitoring concerns. The direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have predictable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and improved safety and efficacy compared to warfarin for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and prevention or management of venous thromboembolism. Consequential bleeding is a concern with all anticoagulants...
March 24, 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324091/association-between-dabigatran-vs-warfarin-and-risk-of-osteoporotic-fractures-among-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Wallis C Y Lau, Esther W Chan, Ching-Lung Cheung, Chor Wing Sing, Kenneth K C Man, Gregory Y H Lip, Chung-Wah Siu, Joanne K Y Lam, Alan C H Lee, Ian C K Wong
Importance: The risk of osteoporotic fracture with dabigatran use in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is unknown. Objective: To investigate the risk of osteoporotic fracture with dabigatran vs warfarin in patients with NVAF. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study using a population-wide database managed by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Patients newly diagnosed with NVAF from 2010 through 2014 and prescribed dabigatran or warfarin were matched by propensity score at a 1:2 ratio with follow-up until July 31, 2016...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319424/rivaroxaban-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-from-rocket-af-to-everyday-practice
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Gonzalo Barón-Esquivias, Francisco Marín, Marcelo Sanmartín
Registries and non-interventional studies offer relevant and complementary information to clinical trials, since they have a high external validity. Areas covered: The information regarding the efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban compared with warfarin, or rivaroxaban alone in clinical practice was reviewed in this manuscript. For this purpose, a search on MEDLINE and EMBASE databases was performed. The MEDLINE and EMBASE search included both medical subject headings (MeSH) and keywords including: atrial fibrillation (AF) OR warfarin OR clinical practice OR ROCKET AF AND rivaroxaban...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317415/uninterrupted-dabigatran-versus-warfarin-for-ablation-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Hugh Calkins, Stephan Willems, Edward P Gerstenfeld, Atul Verma, Richard Schilling, Stefan H Hohnloser, Ken Okumura, Harvey Serota, Matias Nordaby, Kelly Guiver, Branislav Biss, Marc A Brouwer, Massimo Grimaldi
Background Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is typically performed with uninterrupted anticoagulation with warfarin or interrupted non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant therapy. Uninterrupted anticoagulation with a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant, such as dabigatran, may be safer; however, controlled data are lacking. We investigated the safety of uninterrupted dabigatran versus warfarin in patients undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation. Methods In this randomized, open-label, multicenter, controlled trial with blinded adjudicated end-point assessments, we randomly assigned patients scheduled for catheter ablation of paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation to receive either dabigatran (150 mg twice daily) or warfarin (target international normalized ratio, 2...
March 19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317274/quality-of-warfarin-therapy-and-risk-of-stroke-bleeding-and-mortality-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-nationwide-finwaf-registry
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Mika Lehto, Jussi Niiranen, Pasi Korhonen, Juha Mehtälä, Houssem Khanfir, Fabian Hoti, Riitta Lassila, Pekka Raatikainen
PURPOSE: The most important management strategy in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is preventing stroke with oral anticoagulants. Warfarin is still used as a first-line anticoagulant, although non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants are currently recommended to manage AF. Using a large, unselected national sample of AF patients, we evaluated the relationships between quality of warfarin therapy and the risks of thromboembolism, bleeding complications, and mortality. METHODS: The nationwide FinWAF study included 54 568 AF patients taking warfarin...
March 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316847/malignant-lymphoma-in-the-psoas-major-muscle
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Nobuhiro Akuzawa, Takashi Hatori, Aya Takase, Jun Aoki, Shinji Sakurai, Masahiko Kurabayashi
An 84-year-old Japanese man taking warfarin to prevent cerebral infarction secondary to atrial fibrillation was admitted to our hospital for evaluation of a painless right back mass. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an oval-shaped mass in the right psoas major muscle. The mass showed high intensity on T1-, T2-, and diffusion-weighted imaging and mimicked an acute-phase hematoma. However, it showed no chronological changes typical of a hematoma, and MRI revealed enlargement of the mass 1 week after admission...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314975/erratum-to-effects-on-bone-metabolism-markers-and-arterial-stiffness-by-switching-to-rivaroxaban-from-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Sayaka Namba, Minako Yamaoka-Tojo, Ryota Kakizaki, Teruyoshi Nemoto, Kazuhiro Fujiyoshi, Takehiro Hashikata, Lisa Kitasato, Takuya Hashimoto, Ryo Kameda, Kentaro Meguro, Takao Shimohama, Taiki Tojo, Junya Ako
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314139/patients-experiences-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-and-their-educational-needs-a-qualitative-study
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Danielle E Clarkesmith, Gregory Y H Lip, Deirdre A Lane
PURPOSE: Qualitative research on atrial fibrillation (AF) patient's experiences and perceptions of taking the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention is limited. This study explores patients' experiences of dabigatran and their recommendations for development of educational materials. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Semi-structured individual interviews with 8 warfarin-naive and 8 warfarin-experienced AF patients, using qualitative deductive thematic analysis...
March 7, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302754/apixaban-pharmacokinetics-at-steady-state-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Thomas A Mavrakanas, Caroline F Samer, Sharon J Nessim, Gershon Frisch, Mark L Lipman
It is unclear whether warfarin is protective or harmful in patients with ESRD and atrial fibrillation. This state of equipoise raises the question of whether alternative anticoagulants may have a therapeutic role. We aimed to determine apixaban pharmacokinetics at steady state in patients on hemodialysis. Seven patients received apixaban 2.5 mg twice daily for 8 days. Blood samples were collected before and after apixaban administration on days 1 and 8 (nondialysis days). Significant accumulation of the drug was observed between days 1 and 8 with the 2...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302715/late-thrombosis-of-a-mitral-bioprosthetic-valve-with-associated-massive-left-atrial-thrombus
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Preetham Muskula, Rigoberto Ramirez, A Michael Borkon, Michael L Main
An 84-year-old man presented 5 years following bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement with three months of worsening dyspnea on exertion. A new mitral stenosis murmur was noted on physical examination, and an electrocardiogram revealed newly recognized atrial fibrillation. Severe mitral stenosis (mean gradient = 13 mmHg) was confirmed by transthoracic echocardiography. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed markedly thickened mitral bioprosthetic leaflets with limited mobility, and a massive left atrial thrombus (> 4 cm in diameter) (see Figures 1A-D, and video files 1-4)...
March 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302288/valvular-heart-disease-patients-on-edoxaban-or-warfarin-in-the-engage%C3%A2-af-timi-48-trial
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Raffaele De Caterina, Giulia Renda, Anthony P Carnicelli, Francesco Nordio, Marco Trevisan, Michele F Mercuri, Christian T Ruff, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald, Robert P Giugliano
BACKGROUND: The use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) instead of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and coexisting valvular heart disease (VHD) is of substantial interest. OBJECTIVES: This study explored outcomes in patients with AF with and without VHD in the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective Anticoagulation with factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 48) trial, comparing edoxaban with warfarin...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302287/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-valvular-heart-disease
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Giulia Renda, Fabrizio Ricci, Robert P Giugliano, Raffaele De Caterina
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease (VHD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) often coexist. Phase III trials comparing non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) with warfarin excluded patients with moderate/severe mitral stenosis or mechanical heart valves, but variably included patients with other VHD and valve surgeries. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine relative safety and efficacy of NOACs in patients with VHD. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of the 4 phase III AF trials of the currently available NOACs versus warfarin in patients with coexisting VHD to assess pooled estimates of relative risk (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for stroke/systemic embolic events (SSEE), major bleeding, intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), and all-cause death...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301912/potential-causes-and-implications-of-low-target-therapeutic-ratio-in-warfarin-treated-patients-for-thrombosis-prophylaxis
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Halil Atas, Ahmet Anıl Sahin, Dilek Barutçu Atas, Murat Sunbul, Alper Kepez, Mehmet Agirbasli
Time in therapeutic range (TTR) of international normalized ratio is crucial for the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation with warfarin and it is influenced by many factors. There are limited data about the quality of warfarin therapy and its effects on clinical outcomes in Turkey. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the quality of anticoagulant therapy with warfarin and evaluate the parameters that affect the quality of warfarin therapy. A total of 170 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF; mean age: 62...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300870/effectiveness-and-safety-of-apixaban-versus-warfarin-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-in-real-world-clinical-practice-a-propensity-matched-analysis-of-76-940-patients
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Xiaoyan Li, Steve Deitelzweig, Allison Keshishian, Melissa Hamilton, Ruslan Horblyuk, Kiran Gupta, Xuemei Luo, Jack Mardekian, Keith Friend, Anagha Nadkarni, Xianying Pan, Gregory Y H Lip
The ARISTOTLE trial showed a risk reduction of stroke/systemic embolism (SE) and major bleeding in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients treated with apixaban compared to warfarin. This retrospective study used four large US claims databases (MarketScan, PharMetrics, Optum, and Humana) of NVAF patients newly initiating apixaban or warfarin from January 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015. After 1:1 warfarin-apixaban propensity score matching (PSM) within each database, the resulting patient records were pooled...
March 16, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298191/bleeding-events-associated-with-a-low-dose-110%C3%A2-mg-versus-a-high-dose-150%C3%A2-mg-of-dabigatran-in-patients-treated-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Nabin Chaudhary, Jun Yuan
BACKGROUND: The newer oral anticoagulant dabigatran is considered to be more beneficial in patients with non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation (AF) when compared to warfarin. However, because bleeding events which are associated with a low dose (110 mg) versus a high dose (150 mg) of dabigatran have seldom been compared, we aimed to systematically solve this important issue through this meta-analysis. METHODS: English publications comparing 110 mg with 150 mg dabigatran in patients who were treated for AF were electronically searched through medical databases...
March 15, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293797/comparative-risk-of-major-bleeding-with-new-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-and-phenprocoumon-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-post-marketing-surveillance-study
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Stefan H Hohnloser, Edin Basic, Michael Nabauer
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are at least as effective and safe as vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). All pivotal trials have compared NOACs to warfarin. However, other VKAs are commonly used, for instance phenprocoumon. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using a German claims database assessed the comparative risks of bleeding leading to hospitalization during therapy with NOACs and phenprocoumon in AF patients...
March 14, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291892/association-of-preceding-antithrombotic-treatment-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-severity-and-in-hospital-outcomes-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Ying Xian, Emily C O'Brien, Li Liang, Haolin Xu, Lee H Schwamm, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Eric E Smith, DaiWai M Olson, Lesley Maisch, Deidre Hannah, Brianna Lindholm, Barbara L Lytle, Michael J Pencina, Adrian F Hernandez, Eric D Peterson
Importance: Antithrombotic therapies are known to prevent stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but are often underused in community practice. Objectives: To examine the prevalence of patients with acute ischemic stroke with known history of AF who were not receiving guideline-recommended antithrombotic treatment before stroke and to determine the association of preceding antithrombotic therapy with stroke severity and in-hospital outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective observational study of 94 474 patients with acute ischemic stroke and known history of AF admitted from October 2012 through March 2015 to 1622 hospitals participating in the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program...
March 14, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290837/-the-choice-of-anticoagulant-therapy-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-chronic-kidney-disease
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N A Koziolova, E A Polyanskaya, I I Kolegova
The review shows the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), depending on the severity of the disease. Patients with non-valvular AF and CKD have a significantly increased risk of both bleeding and thromboembolic complications, and death from all causes. Evaluation of the results of randomized clinical trials (RCTs), meta-analyzes of RCTs demonstrated the advantages of the new oral anticoagulants (NOAC), such as dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, compared with warfarin in reducing the risk of bleeding in patients with AF and CKD in predialysis stage...
January 2017: Kardiologiia
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