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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165737/management-of-hemostasis-for-pediatric-patients-on-ventricular-assist-devices
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Iki Adachi, Vadim Kostousov, Lisa Hensch, Martin A Chacon-Portillo, Jun Teruya
Ventricular-assist devices (VADs) have seen increased utilization in the pediatric population. Formerly, this therapeutic modality was limited to only the pulsatile VAD, EXCOR (Berlin Heart GmbH). However, the continuous flow VAD devices, HeartMate II (Abbott Inc.) and HeartWare (Medtronic Inc.), are now increasingly used in this population. Postoperatively, VAD patients are acutely anticoagulated using unfractionated heparin, often beginning 24 to 48 hours after VAD placement. Once the patient is stabilized and ready to transition to a lower acuity or outpatient setting, low-molecular-weight heparin or warfarin therapy may be instituted...
November 17, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165583/modelling-projections-for-the-risks-related-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-east-asia-a-focus-on-ischaemic-stroke-and-death
#2
Ying Bai, Shi-Dong Guo, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip
Aims: In the Far East, there has generally been low uptake of oral anticoagulants (OACs) using vitamin K antagonists (VKA, e.g. warfarin) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), but OAC use has been increasing more recently, with the introduction of the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). To explore the risks of ischaemic stroke (IS) and death related to AF in East Asia using modelling projections. Methods and results: We performed a modelling analysis of possible trends of IS and death rates in AF patients from the time period of only VKA use to current increasing trends of NOAC use projecting until 2050 in East Asia...
November 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165559/impact-of-pre-admission-oral-anticoagulation-on-ischaemic-stroke-volume-lesion-pattern-and-frequency-of-intracranial-arterial-occlusion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Joanna Dietzel, Sophie K Piper, Rudi Ruschmann, Christian Wollboldt, Tatiana Usnich, Simon Hellwig, Ivana Galinovic, Heinrich J Audebert, Matthias Endres, Kersten Villringer, Jochen B Fiebach, Karl Georg Haeusler
Aims: Therapeutic oral anticoagulation on hospital admission reduces morbidity and mortality after acute ischaemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The underlying mechanism is not fully understood. In order to assess the impact of INR-level on admission on stroke volume, lesion pattern and the frequency of intracranial arterial occlusion, we analysed serial MRI measurements in AF patients suffering acute ischaemic stroke. Methods: and results This subgroup analysis of the prospective '1000Plus' study included patients with acute ischaemic stroke and known AF or a first episode of AF in hospital...
November 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165556/resumption-of-oral-anticoagulation-following-traumatic-injury-and-risk-of-stroke-and-bleeding-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Laila Staerk, Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, Morten Lamberts, Anders Nissen Bonde, Kasper Gadsbøll, Caroline Sindet-Pedersen, Ellen A Holm, Thomas Alexander Gerds, Brice Ozenne, Gregory Y H Lip, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Gunnar Hilmar Gislason, Jonas Bjerring Olesen
Aims: We examined the risks of all-cause mortality, stroke, major bleeding, and recurrent traumatic injury associated with resumption of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and non-VKAs oral anticoagulants (NOACs) following traumatic injury in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Methods and results: This was a Danish nationwide registry-based study (2005-16), including 4541 oral anticoagulant (OAC)-treated AF patients experiencing traumatic injury (defined as traumatic brain injury, hip fracture, or traumatic torso or abdominal injury)...
November 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164426/the-impact-of-vascular-disease-treatment-on-platelet-derived-microvesicles
#5
Justyna Rosińska, Maria Łukasik, Wojciech Kozubski
Platelet-derived microvesicles (pMVs) are small, heterogeneous vesicles released from platelet membranes as a result of activation. These microvesicles possess a wide range of properties, including prothrombotic, proatherogenic, proinflammatory, immunomodulatory, and even anticoagulant activity. The elevated release of these microvesicles has been observed in various metabolic, inflammatory, thrombotic, and vascular diseases, including ischemic heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and connective tissue disease...
November 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161419/incidence-of-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-in-patients-discharged-in-sinus-rhythm-after-cardiac-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Nicole Lowres, Georgina Mulcahy, Kai Jin, Robyn Gallagher, Lis Neubeck, Ben Freedman
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is associated with increased stroke risk and mortality post-discharge. POAF is often considered transient; however, recurrence is likely under-recognized as symptoms are an unreliable guide. Surveillance post-discharge may identify asymptomatic POAF recurrences in patients discharged in sinus rhythm. Therefore, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies investigating POAF recurrence post-discharge, in patients with new-onset POAF following cardiac surgery who reverted to sinus rhythm prior to discharge...
November 17, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160765/antithrombotic-treatment-in-peripheral-artery-disease
#7
Dan-Mircea Olinic, Dan Alexandru Tataru, Calin Homorodean, Mihail Spinu, Maria Olinic
This review treats antithrombotic use for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In asymptomatic patients, there are no scientific data to support single antiplatelet therapy (SAPT) for primary prophylaxis. In symptomatic PAD, SAPT with aspirin or clopidogrel is indicated. The efficacy of aspirin is controversial. Clopidogrel may be preferred over aspirin. Ticagrelor is not superior to clopidogrel in reducing major adverse cardiovascular events and major adverse limb events, but lowers the risk of ischaemic stroke...
November 21, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158017/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-exclusion-procedural-image-guidance-with-transesophageal-echocardiography
#8
REVIEW
Alan F Vainrib, Serge C Harb, Wael Jaber, Ricardo J Benenstein, Anthony Aizer, Larry A Chinitz, Muhamed Saric
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide and is a major risk factor for embolic stroke. In this article, the authors describe the crucial role of two- and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the pre- and postprocedural assessment and intraprocedural guidance of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. Although recent advances have been made in the field of systemic anticoagulation with the novel oral anticoagulants, these medications come with a significant risk for bleeding and are contraindicated in many patients...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155884/the-importance-of-mean-time-in-therapeutic-range-for-complication-rates-in-warfarin-therapy-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-regression-analysis
#9
Anne Sig Vestergaard, Flemming Skjøth, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen, Lars Holger Ehlers
BACKGROUND: \Anticoagulation is used for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation, amongst other by use of the vitamin K antagonist, warfarin. Quality in warfarin therapy is often summarized by the time patients spend within the therapeutic range (percent time in therapeutic range, TTR). The correlation between TTR and the occurrence of complications during warfarin therapy has been established, but the influence of patient characteristics in that respect remains undetermined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150698/surgical-techniques-for-left-atrial-appendage-exclusion
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REVIEW
Sacha P Salzberg, Maximilian Y Emmert, Etem Caliskan
The increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation with the aging population and its associated major morbidity and mortality due to thromboembolic stroke have resulted in intensive research on stroke prevention or stroke risk reduction strategies. Several surgical techniques for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion have evolved over the past decades. Surgeons have been using different techniques leading to highly variable and, in particular, poor data on outcomes. LAA closure is performed either as a concomitant procedure during open-heart surgery or as a stand-alone surgical procedure as part of minimally invasive (mini-thoracotomy or thoracoscopy) arrhythmia surgery...
November 17, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149516/feasibility-of-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-using-a-novel-lambre-occluder-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-initial-results-from-a-prospective-cohort-registry-study
#11
Shaojie Chen, Boris Schmidt, Stefano Bordignon, Fabrizio Bologna, Takahiko Nagase, Nikolaos Tsianakas, Laura Perrotta, K R Julian Chun
BACKGROUND: The LAmbreۛ occluder is a novel device for percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC). The presented study aimed to report the initial experience in implantation of the novel LAmbre for LAAC in patients with non-valvular AF. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observational, cohort registry study to evaluate the feasibility of percutaneous LAAC using the LAmbre occlude. RESULTS: Thirty patients (15 female, mean age 77...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148592/oral-anticoagulants-in-german-nursing-home-residents-drug-use-patterns-and-predictors-for-treatment-choice
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Kathrin Jobski, Falk Hoffmann, Stefan Herget-Rosenthal, Michael Dörks
AIMS: Information on utilization of oral anticoagulants (OACs) in nursing homes is scarce. This study aimed to (i) describe OAC use in German nursing home residents, (ii) examine factors influencing whether treatment is initiated with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) or non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and (iii) assess which conditions predict switching to NOAC instead of continuing VKA. METHODS: Using claims data (2010-2014), we studied a cohort of new nursing home residents aged ≥ 65 years receiving OAC...
November 17, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147720/anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation-current-evidence-and-guideline-recommendations
#13
J W Erath, S H Hohnloser
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently encountered sustained arrhythmia with a prevalence of 0.5-10%, depending predominantly on age. The arrhythmia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, mainly due to thromboembolic events including stroke and systemic embolisms. These complications can be effectively prevented with anticoagulation therapy either with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or with non-vitamin K antagonists (NOAC). VKA therapy is effective in preventing strokes but these medications are difficult to use, are associated with significant bleeding risk, and have pharmacokinetic/dynamic properties that make their use cumbersome...
November 17, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146668/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-current-devices-and-clinical-outcomes
#14
REVIEW
Lluis Asmarats, Josep Rodés-Cabau
Chronic oral anticoagulation therapy is the standard therapy for preventing thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, oral anticoagulation has been associated with an increased risk of bleeding events, and despite the improvements linked to the introduction of direct oral anticoagulants, more than one third of atrial fibrillation patients still remain untreated. Over the past decade, percutaneous left atrial appendage closure has emerged as a valid alternative to anticoagulation therapy for the prevention of stroke/systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145948/type-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-outcomes-in%C3%A2-patients-with-heart-failure-and-reduced%C3%A2-ejection%C3%A2-fraction
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Ulrik M Mogensen, Pardeep S Jhund, William T Abraham, Akshay S Desai, Kenneth Dickstein, Milton Packer, Jean L Rouleau, Scott D Solomon, Karl Swedberg, Michael R Zile, Lars Køber, John J V McMurray
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common in heart failure (HF), but the outcome by type of AF is largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated outcomes related to type of AF (paroxysmal, persistent or permanent, or new onset) in 2 recent large trials in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction. METHODS: The study analyzed patients in the PARADIGM-HF (Prospective comparison of ARNI with ACEI to Determine Impact on Global Mortality and morbidity in Heart Failure) and ATMOSPHERE (Aliskiren Trial to Minimize Outcomes in Patients with Heart Failure) trials...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143099/-left-atrial-appendage-clusure-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-clinical-evidence-2017
#16
REVIEW
Steffen Gloekler, Bajram Hajredini, Simon Rycerz, Sebastian Jäckle, Werner Jung
Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia with a prevalence of 1-2% and affects approximately 15-20% of all octogenarians. Patients are at increased risk of thromboembolic stroke, with an overall risk of 5% per year. Thrombi form almost exclusively in the left atrial appendage (LAA), a blind sac-like heterogeneous structure trabeculated by pectinate muscles. In the past five decades, life-long oral anticoagulation (OAC) with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) has been the state-of-the art treatment to prevent stroke and systemic embolism from thrombi in AF...
November 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140555/withdrawn-electrical-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation-and-flutter
#17
REVIEW
Gillian E Mead, Andrew Elder, Andrew D Flapan, John Cordina
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation increases stroke risk and adversely affects cardiovascular haemodynamics. Electrical cardioversion may, by restoring sinus rhythm, improve cardiovascular haemodynamics, reduce the risk of stroke, and obviate the need for long-term anticoagulation. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation or flutter on the risk of thromboembolic events, strokes and mortality (primary outcomes), the rate of cognitive decline, quality of life, the use of anticoagulants and the risk of re-hospitalisation (secondary outcomes) in adults (>18 years)...
November 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139276/preventing-stroke-and-assessing-risk-in-women
#18
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/29138609/non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-impact-of-apixaban-on-patient-outcomes
#19
REVIEW
Adam Ioannou, Irene Tsappa, Sofia Metaxa, Constantinos G Missouris
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide, and carries a significantly increased risk of thromboembolic stroke. Initially, vitamin K antagonists were used as stroke prophylaxis; but more recently, a group of drugs known as novel oral anticoagulants have been developed. Apixaban belongs to this group of drugs, and is a factor Xa inhibitor that has emerged as a popular pharmacological agent worldwide. In this review, we will provide an overview of the pivotal trials in the development of apixaban, while also critically evaluating the new emerging real-world data, and discussing the effectiveness, safety, economic viability and future prospects of apixaban and how it impacts on patient outcomes in those with non-valvular atrial fibrillation...
2017: Patient related Outcome Measures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138143/minimally-invasive-stand-alone-cox-maze-procedure-for-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-perioperative-safety-and-5-year-outcomes
#20
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Ted Friehling
BACKGROUND: Rhythm control is challenging in patients with extended atrial fibrillation (AF) duration and persistent/long-standing persistent AF. Among surgical approaches to treat AF, the Cox maze procedure performed using alternative energy sources remains superior to other beating heart techniques. We examined permanence of safety and success for the on-pump, minimally invasive, stand-alone Cox maze procedure 5 years after surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS: Stand-alone, right 5 cm minithoracotomy, Cox maze III/IV procedure for nonparoxysmal AF was conducted in 133 patients (mean follow-up=65±34 months)...
November 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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