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Justin M Cloutier, Clarence Khoo, Brett Hiebert, Anthony Wassef, Colette M Seifer
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness of a physician notification system for atrial fibrillation (AF) detected on cardiac devices, and to assess predictors of anticoagulation in patients with device-detected AF. METHODS: In 2013, a physician notification system for AF detected on a patient's CIED [including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices] was implemented, with a recommendation to consider oral anticoagulation in high-risk patients...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Xuelian Li, GuoYuan Wang, MuGe QiLi, HaiHai Liang, TianShi Li, XiaoQiang E, Ying Feng, Ying Zhang, Xiao Liu, Ming Qian, BoZhi Xu, ZhiHang Shen, Samuel Chege Gitau, DanDan Zhao, HongLi Shan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac interstitial fibrosis is an abnormality of various cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction, hypertrophy, and atrial fibrillation, and it can ultimately lead to heart failure. However, there is a lack of practical therapeutic approaches to treat fibrosis and reverse the damage to the heart. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of long-term aspirin administration on pressure overload-induced cardiac fibrosis in mice and reveal the underlying mechanisms of aspirin treatment...
March 2, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Jordanne Feldberg, Param Patel, Ashley Farrell, Sylvia Sivarajahkumar, Karen Cameron, Jennifer Ma, Marisa Battistella
Background: There is a lack of clear benefit and a potential risk of bleeding with direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) use in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and dialysis patients with atrial fibrillation. The objective of this study was to evaluate how treatment with DOACs affects stroke and bleeding outcomes compared with warfarin or aspirin. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and case series, and searched electronic databases from 1946 to 2017...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Sanghun Lee, Nam Kyung Je
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation not being adequately treated with oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy, with therapy underutilization or premature termination, have been commonly reported. However, studies on the utilization pattern of OAC therapy for patients with atrial flutter (AFL) are few. The aim of this study was to investigate the utilization of OAC therapy, and its influencing factors for patients with AFL in South Korea, as well as the types and percentages of anticoagulants used...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Robert H G Schwinger
Elderly people show increased probability to develop atherosclerotic diseases; in consequence heart failure - most often following coronary heart disease - as well as atrial fibrillation is more common. Following guidelines may lead to polypharmacy, i. e. use of more than 5 drugs daily. Thus, drug interactions as well as side effects become more likely; especially in elderly patients reduced kidney function has to be taken into account. Only drugs which have shown to prolong life or to reduce symptoms in controlled clinical trials should be used...
February 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Sagar Dugani, Jeffrey M Ames, JoAnn E Manson, Samia Mora
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The role of aspirin in secondary cardiovascular prevention is well understood; however, the role in primary prevention is less clear, and requires careful balancing of potential benefits with risks. Here, we summarize the evidence base on the benefits and risks of aspirin therapy, discuss clinical practice guidelines and decision support tools to assist in initiating aspirin therapy, and highlight ongoing trials that may clarify the role of aspirin in cardiovascular disease prevention...
February 21, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
David Kopin, W Schuyler Jones, Matthew W Sherwood, Daniel M Wojdyla, Lars Wallentin, Basil S Lewis, Freek W A Verheugt, Dragos Vinereanu, M Cecilia Bahit, Sigrun Halvorsen, Kurt Huber, Alexander Parkhomenko, Christopher B Granger, Renato D Lopes, John H Alexander
BACKGROUND: We assessed antiplatelet therapy use and outcomes in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) during the ARISTOTLE trial. METHODS: Patients were categorized based on the occurrence of PCI during follow-up (median 1.8 years); PCI details and outcomes post-PCI are reported. Of the 18,201 trial participants, 316 (1.7%) underwent PCI (152 in apixaban group, 164 in warfarin group). RESULTS: At the time of PCI, 84% (267) were on study drug (either apixaban or warfarin)...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
Jing-Xiu Li, Yang Li, Shu-Jun Yan, Bai-He Han, Zhao-Yan Song, Wei Song, Shi-Hao Liu, Ji-Wei Guo, Shuo Yin, Ye-Ping Chen, De-Jun Xia, Xin Li, Xue-Qi Li, En-Ze Jin
A challenge for antithrombotic treatment is patients who present with atrial fibrillation (AF) and acute coronary syndrome, particularly in patients who have undergone coronary percutaneous intervention with stenting (PCIS). In the present study, a total of nine observational trials published prior to July 2017 that investigated the effects of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT; aspirin + clopidogrel) and triple oral antithrombotic therapy (TOAT; DAPT + warfarin) among patients with AF concurrent to PCIS were collected from the Medline, Cochrane and Embase databases and conference proceedings of cardiology, gastroenterology and neurology meetings...
February 2018: Biomedical Reports
Christian Madelaire, Gunnar Gislason, Søren L Kristensen, Emil L Fosbøl, Jenny Bjerre, Maria D'Souza, Finn Gustafsson, Lars Kober, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Morten Schou
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess safety and effectiveness of low-dose aspirin in heart failure (HF) not complicated by atrial fibrillation. BACKGROUND: Despite lack of evidence, low-dose aspirin is widely used in patients with HF and sinus rhythm with and without prior ischemic heart disease. METHODS: The study included 12,277 patients with new-onset HF during 2007 to 2012 who had no history of atrial fibrillation. Of 5,450 patients using low-dose aspirin at baseline, 3,840 were propensity matched to non-aspirin users in a 1:1 ratio...
February 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
Samson Getachew Erkabu, Yinager Agedie, Dereje Desta Mihretu, Akiberet Semere, Yihun Mulugeta Alemu
INTRODUCTION: The epidemiology of stroke in sub-Saharan countries is poorly characterized because of lack of population-based studies and national vital statistics systems with complete death registration. OBJECTIVE: To describe risk factors, clinical presentations, the pattern of brain insult, and outcomes of stroke patients admitted to a hospital in Ethiopia. METHOD: A retrospective hospital-based study was conducted on 508 patients, 303 of whom had computed tomography proven stroke, who were admitted to medical wards of Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital, Bahir Dar Ethiopia, from February 2014 to August 2016...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Anca-Daniela Stanescu, Roxana Banica, Romina-Marina Sima, Liana Ples
The purpose of this study was to investigate when in pregnancy to stop the administration of low dose aspirin (150 mg/daily) so as to prevent fetal growth restriction (FGR) A randomised, placebo-controlled study was designed. The patients were all screened positive using the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) early pregnancy screening test for preeclampsia (PE) and FGR prediction. One hundred and fifty patients were enrolled and divided equally into three groups: A - the controls who received placebo treatment; B - those who received aspirin till 32 weeks of gestation and C - those who received aspirin till 36 weeks of gestation...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Finlay A McAlister, Scott Garrison, Leanne Kosowan, Justin A Ezekowitz, Alexander Singer
BACKGROUND: As questions have been raised about the appropriateness of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) dosing among outpatients with atrial fibrillation, we examined this issue in patients being managed by primary care providers. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a retrospective cohort new-user study using electronic medical records from 744 Canadian primary care clinicians. Potentially inappropriate DOAC prescribing was defined as prescribing lower or higher doses than those recommended by guidelines for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation...
January 26, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Elsayed Abo-Salem, Bernard Chaitman, Tarek Helmy, Eric Adjei Boakye, Hassan Alkhawam, Michael Lim
BACKGROUND: PFO is more common in cases with cryptogenic stroke compared to cases with no stroke or stroke of identified etiology. Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing PFO closure with medical therapy have been published with controversial findings. METHODS: PubMed, Embase and Cochrane library databases were searched for RCT comparing PFO closure with medical therapy including antiplatelet therapy (aspirin or clopidogrel or combination) or anticoagulation...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Jakub Maksym, Tomasz Mazurek, Janusz Kochman, Marek Grygier, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Michał Marchel, Piotr Lodziński, Radosław Piątkowski, Radosław Wilimski, Paweł Czub, Anna Fojt, Natalia Karolczak, Piotr Hendzel, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Despite results of the PROTECT AF trial, many patients undergoing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have unconditional contraindications to warfarin. AIM: We sought to investigate whether double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is safe in patients after LAAC. METHODS: Forty-four consecutive patients (22 males, mean age 74 ± 7.8 years) with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) underwent LAAC procedure using a Watchman device followed by DAPT (75 mg/d aspirin and 75 mg/d clopidogrel)...
2018: Kardiologia Polska
David H Lam, Sean M Bell, Ravi S Hira
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coronary heart disease (CHD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are among the most common cardiovascular diseases. A significant proportion of patients have both CHD and AF and are at increased risk for thrombotic complications. Current therapy for CHD and AF includes antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications, respectively. Patients with concurrent CHD and AF may be prescribed dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in addition to anticoagulation, which increases their bleeding risk...
January 19, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Nikolaos Spinthakis, Mohamed Farag, Zaki Akhtar, Diana Adrienne Gorog
BACKGROUND: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients, despite treatment with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), have up to 10% risk of recurrent major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in the short term. METHODS: Here we review studies using more potent antithrombotic agent combinations to reduce this risk, namely triple therapy (TT) with the addition of an oral anticoagulant, PAR-1 antagonist, or cilostazol to DAPT (mainly aspirin and clopidogrel), and discuss the limitations of trials to date...
January 16, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Jennifer Mourafetis, Norman Doctor, Simon Leung
PURPOSE: A case report describing use of idarucizumab for dabigatran reversal without the use of hemostatic agents in a patient who developed acute upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding while receiving triple antithrombotic therapy is presented. SUMMARY: A 77-year-old man with a complex cardiac history presented to the emergency room with chief complaints of black tarry stools and low blood pressures for 4 days. His past medical history included recent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and drug-eluting stent (DES) placement, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, stage 3 chronic kidney disease, and cholecystectomy...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Hui Chen
This article reviews the available published data on optimizing clopidogrel and aspirin therapy using translational and integrative medicine. Translational and evidence-based medical studies show that the CYP2C19 gene mutation (CYP2C19*2 and CYP2C19*3) could affect > 50% of the Chinese population, and that this mutation is closely associated with clopidogrel resistance and an increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events, particularly stent thrombosis in patients following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
January 15, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Justin M Cloutier, Clarence Khoo, Brett Hiebert, Anthony Wassef, Colette M Seifer
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness of a physician notification system for atrial fibrillation (AF) detected on cardiac devices, and to assess predictors of anticoagulation in patients with device-detected AF. METHODS: In 2013, a physician notification system for AF detected on a patient's CIED [including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices] was implemented, with a recommendation to consider oral anticoagulation in high-risk patients...
January 1, 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Stefana Catalina Bilha, Alexandru Burlacu, Dimitrie Siriopol, Luminita Voroneanu, Adrian Covic
BACKGROUND: Although chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an independent risk factor for stroke, official recommendations for the primary prevention of stroke in CKD are generally lacking. SUMMARY: We searched PubMed and ISI Web of Science for randomised controlled trials, observational studies, reviews, meta-analyses and guidelines referring to measures of stroke prevention or to the treatment of stroke-associated risk factors (cardiovascular disease in general and atrial fibrillation (AF), arterial hypertension or carotid artery disease in particular) among the CKD population...
January 9, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
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