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Yuji Shono, Hiroshi Sugimori, Ryu Matsuo, Yoshihisa Fukushima, Yoshinobu Wakisaka, Junya Kuroda, Tetsuro Ago, Masahiro Kamouchi, Takanari Kitazono
Background The safety of antithrombotic therapy for patients with acute ischemic stroke harboring unruptured intracranial aneurysms remains unclear. Aims This study was performed to determine whether treatment with antiplatelets, anticoagulants, or intravenous thrombolytic agents is safe for patients with acute ischemic stroke and unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Methods Among 9149 patients with acute ischemic stroke enrolled in the Fukuoka Stroke Registry from June 2007 to December 2014, 8857 patients with data on cerebrovascular imaging and three-month outcomes were included in this study...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Fred Stephen Sarfo, Osei Sarfo-Kantanka, Sheila Adamu, Vida Obese, Jennifer Voeks, Raelle Tagge, Vipin Sethi, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: There is an unprecedented rise in the prevalence of stroke in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Secondary prevention guidelines recommend that antihypertensive, statin and antiplatelet therapy be initiated promptly after ischemic stroke and adhered to in a persistent fashion to achieve optimal vascular-risk reduction. However, these goals are seldom realized in routine clinical care settings in SSA due to logistical challenges. We seek to assess whether a polypill containing fixed doses of three antihypertensive agents, a statin and antiplatelet therapy taken once daily per os for 12 months among recent stroke survivors would result in carotid intimal thickness regression compared with usual care (UC)...
March 14, 2018: Trials
GianMarco Podda, Mariangela Scavone, Eti Alessandra Femia, Marco Cattaneo
A variety of laboratory tests have been developed, which can diagnose a number of both congenital and acquired disorders of platelet function. Many tests of platelet function measure the ability of platelets to adhere to each other, forming platelet aggregates, which represent the major constituents of hemostatic plugs and of arterial thrombi. Light transmission aggregometry (LTA) is still considered the gold standard of platelet aggregation tests, but other platelet aggregation-based tests are also available...
March 14, 2018: Platelets
Nupoor Narula, Daniella Kadian-Dodov, Jeffrey W Olin
Fibromuscular dyplasia (FMD) is an under-recognized non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory arteriopathy that occurs most commonly in middle-aged women, but may affect individuals of all age groups. FMD may result in stenosis, aneurysm, dissection, occlusion, or arterial tortuosity. Recently published data demonstrated a genetic association of FMD with a variant in the phosphatase and actin regulator 1 gene (PHACTR1), substantiating that the pathogenesis of this condition has genetic contribution. The renal and extracranial carotid and vertebral arteries are most often involved, although any arterial bed may be affected...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Jeehoon Kang, Jung-Kyu Han, Youngkeun Ahn, Shung Chull Chae, Young Jo Kim, In-Ho Chae, Seung-Ho Hur, In-Whan Seong, Jei-Keon Chae, Myeong Chan Cho, Ki-Bae Seung, Myung Ho Jeong, Han-Mo Yang, Kyung Woo Park, Hyun-Jae Kang, Bon-Kwon Koo, Hyo-Soo Kim
Third-generation P2Y12 inhibitors (prasugrel, ticagrelor) are recommended in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of third-generation P2Y12 inhibitors in East Asian AMI patients. From the Korean AMI Registry, 9,355 patients who received dual antiplatelet agent (aspirin with clopidogrel [AC], 6,444 [70.5%] patients; aspirin with prasugrel [AP], 1,100 [11.8%] patients; or aspirin with ticagrelor [AT], 1,811 [19.4%] patients) were analysed. In-hospital endpoints were all-cause mortality or bleeding events during admission and 1-year endpoints were major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) and major bleeding events...
March 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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Cardiovascular prevention represents a cornerstone of modern strategies to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease. It is of key importance to prevent cardiovascular diseases and associated events, not only to reduce morbidity and mortality, but also to increase the years of wellness in the aging population and to make the growing socio-economic burden imposed by cardiovascular events more sustainable.The current approach to prevention is based on an integrated use of effective lifestyle measures and, whenever appropriate, of antihypertensive and antidiabetic drugs, lipid-lowering agents and antiplatelet drugs...
February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Orçun Çiftci, Kerem Can Yılmaz, Atilla Sezgin, Mehmet Bülent Özin, İbrahim Haldun Müderrisoğlu, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac implantable electrical devices are widely used for patients with advanced heart failure and are usually explanted during orthotopic heart transplant. However, lead fragments and the pulse generator are sometimes left after the procedure. Given the concerns of infectious and thromboembolic complications, their removal is recommended. Herein, we report our experience with cardiac implantable electrical device explantation after orthotopic heart transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included recipients of heart transplants performed at Başkent University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, who underwent lead and pulse generator explantation by manual traction between January 2012 and June 2017...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Udaya Ralapanawa, Thilak Jayalath, Dhanusha Senadhira
BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition with varying severity and a range of local and systemic complications. Here we report a patient with acute necrotizing pancreatitis complicated with a true non ST elevation myocardial infarction. CASE PRESENTATION: A 58 year old lady was admitted to our unit with acute onset epigastric pain and vomiting for 4 h duration. Following admission she complained of retrosternal tightening type of a chest pain...
March 9, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Sharon Wacht, Kristin Salottolo, Amy Atnip, Michelle Hooks, Mary Bailie, Matthew Carrick
Head strikes can be fatal for patients taking blood thinners (anticoagulants or antiplatelets). Our trauma center instituted the "head strike protocol" to provide uniform and expedited care for adult trauma patients taking preinjury anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications with suspected head injury. The purpose of this article is to describe the development and implementation of the head strike protocol and compare time metrics and outcomes before and after implementing the protocol. Per the head strike protocol, patients with suspected traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (tICH) were screened for anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications by emergency medical service personnel/at first contact, activated as a Level II trauma and received a computed tomographic scan of the head within 30 min of arrival, and started reversal of blood products within 30 min of tICH confirmation...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Jianhui Wu, Haimei Zhu, Guodong Yang, Jianhong He, Yuji Wang, Shurui Zhao, Xiaoyi Zhang, Lin Gui, Ming Zhao, Shiqi Peng
Background: Arterial thrombosis has been associated with a series of pathological conditions, and the discovery of arterial thrombosis inhibitor is of clinical importance. Methods: By analyzing the pharmacophores of anti-platelet agents, thrombus targeting peptide and anti-thrombotic nano-systems 3S-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquino-line-3-carbonyl-Thr-Ala-Arg-Gly-Asp(Val)-Val (IQCA-TAVV) was designed and prepared as a nano-scaled arterial thrombosis inhibitor. Results: In vitro the nanoparticles of IQCA-TAVV were able to adhere onto the surface of activated platelets, attenuate activated platelets to extend pseudopodia and inhibit activated platelets to form aggregators...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Tom Kai Ming Wang, Kok-Lam Chow, Aaron Lin, Alexei Chataline, Harvey White, Matthew Dawes, Greg Gamble, Chris Ellis
AIMS: To review the number, characteristics and clinical management of suspected ACS patients admitted to cardiology and non-cardiology services at Auckland City Hospital, to assess differences between these services and to assess the number who would potentially be enrolled in the All New Zealand Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Quality Improvement Programme (ANZACS-QI) database. METHODS: Auckland City Hospital patient data was extracted from the Australia and New Zealand ACS 'SNAPSHOT' audit, performed over 14 days in May 2012...
March 9, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
Bülent Özin, Kudret Aytemir, Özgür Aslan, Türkay Özcan, Mehmet Kanadaşı, Mesut Demir, Mustafa Gökçe, Mehmet Murat Sucu, Murat Özdemir, Zerrin Yiğit, Mustafa Ferzeyn Yavuzkır, Ali Oto
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to define clinical practice patterns for assessing stroke and bleeding risks and thromboprophylaxis in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and to evaluate treatment outcomes and patient quality of life. METHODS: A clinical surveillance study was conducted in 10 tertiary healthcare centers across Turkey. Therapeutic approaches and persistence with initial treatment were recorded at baseline, the 6th month, and the 12th month in NVAF patients...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Giuseppe Boriani, Paolo Corradini, Antonio Cuneo, Anna Falanga, Robin Foà, Gianluca Gaidano, Paolo Prospero Ghia, Maurizio Martelli, Roberto Marasca, Massimo Massaia, Francesca Romana Mauro, Giorgio Minotti, Stefano Molica, Marco Montillo, Antonio Pinto, Alessandra Tedeschi, Umberto Vitolo, Pier Luigi Zinzani
The Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor ibrutinib (IB) has attained an important role in the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, mantle cell lymphoma, and Waldenström macroglobulinemia, significantly improving clinical outcomes. However, IB therapy has been associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) and bleeding. We report on the expert opinion that a group of Italian haematologists, cardiologists, and pharmacologists jointly released to improve the practical management of patients at risk for AF and bleeding during treatment with IB...
March 7, 2018: Hematological Oncology
Eun Young Ko, Shivraj Hariram Nile, Yi-Sook Jung, Young Soo Keum
In this study, we reported the potential of various methanol fractions of onion (MFO) and its components quercetin and quercetin glucosides on platelet aggregation and antioxidant activity. The onion extracts were separated into several fractions using methanol and water. Further, these extracts were analyzed using simple high-performance liquid chromatography-diode array detector method to separate quercetin (Q), quercetin-4'- O -monoglucoside and quercetin-3, 4'- O -diglucoside from onion sample. It was observed that the bioactive compounds were accumulated in the non-polar portions rather than in the polar one...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
Young Hwan Park, Won Seok Choi, Gi Won Choi, Hak Jun Kim
BACKGROUND: Although intracompartmental bleeding is one cause of traumatic compartment syndrome, no previous studies have defined the role of hemostatic stability in the development of traumatic compartment syndrome. Therefore, to investigate this issue, we identified the relationship between antiplatelet/anticoagulant medications and the development of traumatic foot compartment syndrome. In addition, as a possible predictor of compartment syndrome, we evaluated the utility of blood-clotting tests in the prediction of traumatic foot compartment syndrome...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Chun-Hua Zhou, Meng Xu, Hai-Bing Yu, Xiao-Ting Zheng, Zhang-Feng Zhong, Lan-Tong Zhang
Nowadays, the Herb-drug combination is becoming increasingly popular in China. However, the possible interaction induced by their combination was examined rarely. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of multi-dose administration of Danshen capsules on clopidogrel pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in healthy volunteers. A sequential, open-label, and two-period pharmacokinetic drug interaction study was designed to compare clopidogrel pharmacokinetic parameters before and after 7 days of administration of Danshen capsules in twenty healthy male volunteers...
February 26, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Jo-Nan Liao, Fa-Po Chung, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Gregory Y H Lip, Shih-Ann Chen
Background -Stroke prevention with oral anticoagulants (OACs) is the cornerstone for the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, data about the use of OACs among patients aged ≥90 years are limited. We aimed to investigate the risk of ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), and the net clinical benefit (NCB) of OAC treatment for very elderly AF patients (≥90 years). Methods -This study used the "National Health Insurance Research Database" in Taiwan. Risks of ischemic stroke and ICH were compared between 11,064 AF and 14,658 non-AF patients aged ≥90 years without antithrombotic therapy from year 1996 to 2011...
February 28, 2018: Circulation
Ryota Kurogi, Kunihiro Nishimura, Michikazu Nakai, Akiko Kada, Satoru Kamitani, Jyoji Nakagawara, Kazunori Toyoda, Kuniaki Ogasawara, Junichi Ono, Yoshiaki Shiokawa, Toru Aruga, Shigeru Miyachi, Izumi Nagata, Shinya Matsuda, Shinichi Yoshimura, Kazuo Okuchi, Akifumi Suzuki, Fumiaki Nakamura, Daisuke Onozuka, Keisuke Ido, Ai Kurogi, Nobutaka Mukae, Ataru Nishimura, Koichi Arimura, Takanari Kitazono, Akihito Hagihara, Koji Iihara
OBJECTIVES: This cross-sectional survey explored the characteristics and outcomes of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC)-associated nontraumatic intracerebral hemorrhages (ICHs) by analyzing a large nationwide Japanese discharge database. METHODS: We analyzed data from 2,245 patients who experienced ICHs while taking anticoagulants (DOAC: 227; warfarin: 2,018) and were urgently hospitalized at 621 institutions in Japan between April 2010 and March 2015. We compared the DOAC- and warfarin-treated patients based on their backgrounds, ICH severities, antiplatelet therapies at admission, hematoma removal surgeries, reversal agents, mortality rates, and modified Rankin Scale scores at discharge...
February 28, 2018: Neurology
Ana Paula Narata, Aymeric Amelot, Richard Bibi, Denis Herbreteau, Denis Angoulvant, Yves Gruel, Kevin Janot
BACKGROUND: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) associating aspirin + clopidogrel is commonly utilized in neurovascular interventions despite unpredictable clopidogrel efficacy with 4% to 50% of patients considered nonresponders. Ticagrelor is an antiplatelet agent with low resistance rates but unknown efficacy and safety in neurovascular patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate frequency of ischemic and hemorrhagic events in patients treated with aspirin and ticagrelor when associated with perioperative heparin bolus for unruptured aneurysms treated with intracranial stents...
February 26, 2018: Neurosurgery
Joshua H Hill, Paul Bonner, M Shay O'Mara, Teresa Wood, Michael Lieber
OBJECTIVE: We postulate that in patients with blunt trauma on anticoagulant or antiplatelet agents, incidence and complication rate of delayed intracranial hemorrhage (DICH) after an initially negative head CT is low and routine repeat head CT is not warranted. DESIGN: A retrospective, observational study performed from 2008 to 2012. PATIENTS: A total of 338 patients with blunt trauma with pre-admission history of any anticoagulant use, who had an initially negative head CT, followed by a repeat CT within 48 hours...
February 27, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
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