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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432194/diagnostic-value-of-prehospital-ecg-in-acute-stroke-patients
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Tobias Bobinger, Bernd Kallmünzer, Markus Kopp, Natalia Kurka, Martin Arnold, Stefan Heider, Stefan Schwab, Martin Köhrmann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diagnostic yield of prehospital ECG monitoring provided by emergency medical services in the case of suspected stroke. METHODS: Consecutive patients with acute stroke admitted to our tertiary stroke center via emergency medical services and with available prehospital ECG were prospectively included during a 12-month study period. We assessed prehospital ECG recordings and compared the results to regular 12-lead ECG on admission and after continuous ECG monitoring at the stroke unit...
April 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430117/fluvastatin-therapy-could-not-decrease-progression-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-non-valvular-disease-patients
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Qiang Tan, Shuangyue Zhang, Xiaoyi Zou, Jun Zhao, Jia Hao, Qian Sun
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate whether fluvastatin therapy could decrease the probability of atrial fibrillation (AF) progression from paroxysmal AF to permanent AF and decrease the recurrence frequency of AF. METHODS: Analyses were performed using two-tailed Student's t test or Mann-Whitney U tests. Categorical variables were compared with the χ2 statistics or Fisher's exact test. Patients with paroxysmal AF were randomized case-control, prospective into either the fluvastatin group (n=61) or control group (n=57)...
April 10, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426737/incidence-and-predictors-of-excessive-warfarin-anticoagulation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-the-ewa-study
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Samuli Jaakkola, Ilpo Nuotio, Tuomas O Kiviniemi, Raine Virtanen, Melina Issakoff, K E Juhani Airaksinen
Vitamin K antagonist warfarin is widely used in clinical practice and excessive anticoagulation is a well-known complication of this therapy. Little is known about permanent and temporary predictors for severe overanticoagulation. The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence and predicting factors for episodes with very high (≥9) international normalized ratio (INR) values in warfarin treated patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Excessive Warfarin Anticoagulation (EWA) study screened all patients (n = 13618) in the Turku University Hospital region with an INR ≥2 between years 2003-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425296/medium-to-long-term-persistence-with-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-australian-experience
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Leon A Simons, Michael Ortiz, S Ben Freedman, Benjamin J Waterhouse, David Colquhoun
OBJECTIVE: Long-term anticoagulant therapy with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential to prevent thromboembolic complications, especially ischemic stroke. This study examines medium-term persistence in AF patients using a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant drug (NOAC). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We assessed national Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme records December 2013 through September 2016 for initial prescription of a NOAC in a 10% random sample of concessional patients...
April 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421394/waveform-integrity-in-atrial-fibrillation-the-forgotten-issue-of-cardiac-electrophysiology
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Miguel Martínez-Iniesta, Juan Ródenas, Raúl Alcaraz, José J Rieta
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice with an increasing prevalence of about 15% in the elderly. Despite other alternatives, catheter ablation is currently considered as the first-line therapy for the treatment of AF. This strategy relies on cardiac electrophysiology systems, which use intracardiac electrograms (EGM) as the basis to determine the cardiac structures contributing to sustain the arrhythmia. However, the noise-free acquisition of these recordings is impossible and they are often contaminated by different perturbations...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419594/catheter-ablation-for-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-a-reduction-in-health-care-resource-utilization
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Michelle Samuel, Meytal Avgil Tsadok, Jacqueline Joza, Hassan Behlouli, Atul Verma, Vidal Essebag, Louise Pilote
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation (CA) is superior to antiarrhythmic therapy at reducing recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF); however, there is limited data regarding whether this decrease translates into a reduction in health care resource utilization. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of AF ablation on long-term health care resource utilization. METHODS: A population-based cohort was constructed to include patients who underwent CA for AF in Quebec, Canada between April 2005 and March 2011...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419217/shock-efficacy-of-single-and-dual-coil-electrodes-new-insights-from-the-nordic-icd-trial
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Dietmar Bänsch, Hendrik Bonnemeier, Johan Brandt, Frank Bode, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Oliver Ritter, Johannes Aring, Klaus-Jürgen Gutleben, Ralph Schneider, Angelika Felk, Tino Hauser, Anika Buchholz, Gerhard Hindricks, Karl Wegscheider
Aims: Dual coil (DC) electrodes are preferred to single coil (SC) electrodes because of an assumed higher shock efficacy. However, DC-electrodes may be associated with an increased difficulty and risk of lead extraction. We aimed to compare SC- and DC-electrodes with respect to the first shock efficacy (FSE) after implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation. Methods and results: One thousand and seventy-seven patients of the NORDIC ICD trial were randomly assigned to first time ICD implantation with or without defibrillation (DF) testing...
April 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416975/effectiveness-and-safety-of-dabigatran-versus-warfarin-in-real-world-japanese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-observational-study
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Miyoko Naganuma, Tsuyoshi Shiga, Takehiko Nagao, Atsushi Suzuki, Kagari Murasaki, Nobuhisa Hagiwara
BACKGROUND: In "real-world" practice, anticoagulant therapy is indicated for patients whose clinical profiles are not addressed in randomized clinical trials. We assessed the effectiveness and safety of dabigatran versus warfarin in "real-world" Japanese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: Among 613 NVAF patients who initiated dabigatran or warfarin therapy during the period between 2011 and 2013, 362 patients were included in the study after propensity score adjustment...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411903/left-atrial-appendage-closure-device-in-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Michael C Giudici, Prashant D Bhave
The relationship of stroke and atrial fibrillation seems to become more complex as we gain more knowledge of the issue. Recent studies have questioned the temporal relationship between the two, which also questions causation. Left atrial appendage closure is an attractive, but unproven technology when compared with the 50-year experience with warfarin. In a patient who is on warfarin and having no issues with bleeding, medication intolerance, or lack of efficacy, it is difficult to justify stopping the drug and placing a closure device as sole therapy to prevent a stroke...
May 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408116/-prevalence-of-oral-anticoagulation-and-quality-of-its-management-in-primary-healthcare-a-study-by-the-health-sentinel-network-of-the-region-of-valencia-spain
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Ana Boned-Ombuena, Jordi Pérez-Panadés, Aurora López-Maside, Maite Miralles-Espí, Sandra Guardiola Vilarroig, Desamparados Adam Ruiz, Oscar Zurriaga
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of patients with oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) in the Region of Valencia and to evaluate the quality of management of OAT with vitaminK antagonists (VKA) carried out in primary healthcare. DESIGN: Observational cross-sectional study conducted through the Health Sentinel Network of the Region of Valencia, which includes a survey and the retrospective analysis of OAT monitoring. SETTING: Primary healthcare, Region of Valencia, Spain...
April 10, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407216/real-world-stroke-prevention-strategies-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-renal-impairment
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Kadir Uğur Mert, Gurbet Özge Mert, Özcan Başaran, Osman Beton, Volkan Dogan, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Çağrı Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu, Ismail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalçık, Mehmet Yaman, Cevat Kırma, Murat Biteker
BACKGROUND: The data regarding stroke prevention strategies in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is limited especially in patients with renal impairment (RI). We sought to evaluate management dilemmas in patients with concurrent NVAF and RI in RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies inTurkey) study. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, multicenter, nation-wide registry in NVAF patients in outpatient cardiology clinics. All consecutive patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation were enrolled in RAMSES Study (ClinicalTrials...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400900/conjugate-eye-deviation-on-ct-associated-with-worse-outcomes-despite-iv-thrombolysis
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Nirav H Shah, Nirav Bhatt, Anita Tipirneni, Diego Condes, Priyank Khandelwal, Jose G Romano
INTRODUCTION: Rapid stroke management has significant implications in patient outcomes. Ipsilateral computed tomography conjugate eye deviation (CT-CED) has been associated with worse outcomes but has never been evaluated as predictive of vascular occlusion. To test the hypothesis that CT-CED is a marker for vascular occlusion, we evaluated patients treated with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA). METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with IV tPA at a large tertiary care hospital over an 18-month period...
April 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400546/management-of-bleeding-or-urgent-interventions-in-patients-treated-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-doacs-2017-management-proposals-in-poland
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Piotr Pruszczyk, Anna Tomaszuk-Kazberuk, Agnieszka Słowik, Rafał Drwila, Grażyna Rydzewska, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Zbigniew Gaciong, Jarosław Kaźmierczak, Wojciech Marczyński, Jerzy Windyga, Adam Kobayashi, Janina Stepińska
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) - apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban and rivaroxaban - are mainly used in the prevention of thromboembolic complications in atrial fibrillation patients and in the treatment of venous thromboembolism. As compared to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), they are characterized by at least similar efficacy and better safety profiles, especially with respect to intracranial hemorrhages. DOACs are more convenient therapeutic agents. The European Society of Cardiology 2016 guidelines clearly favor DOACs over VKAs in AF patients...
March 15, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394435/real-world-clinical-characteristics-and-treatment-patterns-of-individuals-aged-80-and-older-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-real-life-multicenter-survey-evaluating-stroke-study
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Murat Biteker, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Doğan, İbrahim Altun, Fatma Özpamuk Karadeniz, Ahmet İlker Tekkesin, Yasin Çakıllı, Ceyhan Türkkan, Mehmet Hamidi, Vahit Demir, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Müjgan Tek Öztürk, Gökhan Aksan, Sabri Seyis, Mehmet Ballı, Mehmet Hayri Alıcı, Serdar Bozyel
OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical characteristics of and use of oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy in individuals aged 80 and older with atrial fibrillation (AF) with those of individuals younger than 80 with AF in clinical practice. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: The ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke prevention strategies in Turkey trial (NCT02344901), a national observational registry. PARTICIPANTS: Turkish adults with nonvalvular AF (NVAF)...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390791/edoxaban-defining-place-in-therapy-for-the-newest-direct-acting-oral-anticoagulant
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REVIEW
Caitlin M Gibson, Shannon W Finks
Edoxaban is the most recently approved factor Xa inhibitor within the class of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Like other DOACs, edoxaban was approved by the FDA for treatment of venous thromboembolism and prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Similar to other DOACs, edoxaban has fewer drug-drug interactions than warfarin and does not require routine laboratory monitoring. Unlike other DOACs, edoxaban has yet to be approved for secondary or postoperative venous thromboembolism thromboprophylaxis...
April 5, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389522/traumatic-intracranial-haemorrhage-is-in-association-with-an-increased-risk-of-subsequent-atrial-fibrillation
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Wei-Shiang Lin, Tzu-Chiao Lin, Yuan Hung, Wen-Yu Lin, Chin-Sheng Lin, Cheng-Li Lin, Shu-Meng Cheng, Chia-Hung Kao
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) leads to systemic inflammatory response and arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia, is associated with systemic inflammation. However, limited evidence is available regarding the association between traumatic ICH and AF. METHODS: This study used the National Health Insurance Research Database, a nationwide population-based cohort, in Taiwan and total 130 171 individuals with traumatic ICH from 2000 to 2011 were identified...
April 7, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387109/-edoxaban-lixiana%C3%A2-new-oral-anticoagulant-forthetreatment-and-secondary-prevention-of-thromboembolic-disease
#17
REVIEW
A J Scheen, P Lancellotti
Edoxaban (Lixiana®) is a new oral anticoagulant that selectively inhibits Xa coagulation factor. It was carefully evaluated in the treatment and secondary prevention of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in the Hokusai-VTE trial and in the prevention of systemic and cerebral embolisms in patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation in the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 trial. In both studies, edoxaban has proven its non-inferiority regarding its efficacy compared with warfarin as reference treatment while demonstrating a superiority regarding safety...
November 2016: Revue Médicale de Liège
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381265/thiazolidinedione-use-and-atrial-fibrillation-in-diabetic-patients-a-meta-analysis
#18
Zhiwei Zhang, Xiaowei Zhang, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Gary Tse, Mengqi Gong, Lei Meng, Guangping Li, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests that thiazolidinediones (TZDs) may exert protective effects in atrial fibrillation (AF). The present meta-analysis investigated the association between TZD use and the incidence of AF in diabetic patients. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched until December 2016. Of the 346 initially identified records, 3 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and 4 observational studies with 130,854 diabetic patients were included in the final analysis...
April 5, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379023/-cardiovascular-complications-of-cancers-and-anti-cancer-therapy
#19
Jiří Vyskočil, Katarína Petráková, Petr Jelínek, Michal Furdek
In our aging population the incidence of cancer is increasing in the elderly. We are thus facing a new challenge especially considering incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in this patients population. Overall survival of cancer patients has significantly improved therefore cancer has become in many cases a chronic disease. We are about to be treating patients who either may develop a new CVD or their current CVD may deteriorate. Cancer can cause various cardiovascular conditions locally (pressure in mediastinum, effusions) or systemically (increased risk of pulmonary embolism, arrhythmias, carcinoid heart disease)...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378924/educational-and-behavioural-interventions-for-anticoagulant-therapy-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#20
REVIEW
Danielle E Clarkesmith, Helen M Pattison, Phyo H Khaing, Deirdre A Lane
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend oral anticoagulation therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) with one or more risk factors for stroke; however, anticoagulation control (time in therapeutic range (TTR)) with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) is dependent on many factors. Educational and behavioural interventions may impact patients' ability to maintain their international normalised ratio (INR) control. This is an updated version of the original review first published in 2013...
April 5, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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