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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274576/long-term-follow-up-of-probands-with-brugada-syndrome
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Carlo de Asmundis, Giacomo Mugnai, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Juan Sieira, Giulio Conte, Moises Rodriguez-Mañero, Gudrun Pappaert, Jens Czapla, Jan Nijs, Mark La Meir, Ruben Casado, Erwin Ströker, Valentina De Regibus, Pedro Brugada
This study analyzes the natural history of a large cohort of probands with Brugada syndrome (BrS) to assess the predictive value of different clinical and electrocardiographic parameters for the development of ventricular fibrillation (VF) or sudden cardiac death (SCD) during a long-term follow-up. Baseline characteristics of 289 consecutive probands (203 men; mean age 45 ± 16 years) with a Brugada type 1 electrocardiogram were analyzed. After a mean follow-up of 10.1 ± 4.6 years, 29 malignant arrhythmias occurred...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245798/left-atrial-appendage-morphology-and-risk-of-stroke-following-pulmonary-vein-isolation-for-drug-refractory-atrial-fibrillation-in-low-cha2ds2vasc-risk-patients
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Faith R Kelly, Robert A Hull, Takor B Arrey-Mbi, Michael U Williams, Joshua S Lee, Ahmad M Slim, Dustin M Thomas
BACKGROUND: Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) has become an important adjunct in the structural assessment of the pulmonary veins (PV) prior to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Published data is conflicting regarding a relationship between left atrial appendage (LAA) and the risk of ischemic stroke (CVA) following PVI. We investigated the associations of volumetric and morphologic left atrial (LA) and LAA measurements for CVA following PVI. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 332 consecutive patients with drug refractory atrial fibrillation who obtained cardiac CT angiogram (CCTA) prior to PVI...
February 28, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238569/guideline-adherent-therapy-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-different-health-care-settings-results-from-ramses-study
#3
Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Murat Biteker, 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, Cevat Kırma
OBJECTIVE: No studies have been conducted in Turkey to compare the quality of stroke prevention therapies provided in different healthcare settings in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, we aimed to evaluate possible differences between secondary (SH) and tertiary hospital (TH) settings in the effectiveness of implementing AF treatment strategies. METHODS: Baseline characteristics of 6273 patients with non-valvular AF enrolled in the RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicentre Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies in Turkey) study were compared...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237286/comparison-of-has-bled-and-has-bed-versus-chads2-and-cha2ds2vasc-stroke-and-bleeding-scores-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Daniela Poli, Emilia Antonucci, Vittorio Pengo, Sophie Testa, Gualtiero Palareti
Anticoagulation is recommended in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) for stroke prevention, and the bleeding risk associated suggests the need for a bleeding risk stratification. HAS-BLED (hypertension, abnormal renal/liver function, stroke, bleeding history or predisposition, labile international normalized ratio (INR), elderly >65 years, drugs/alcohol concomitantly) score includes "labile INR" referred to quality of anticoagulation. However, in naïve patients, this item is not available. In addition, stroke and bleeding risk prediction scores shared several risk factors...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135707/changes-in-oral-anticoagulant-treatment-rates-in-atrial-fibrillation-before-and-after-the-introduction-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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Rashmee U Shah, Austin B Rupp, Danielle Mowery, Mingyuan Zhang, Greg Stoddard, Vikrant Deshmukh, Bruce E Bray, Rachel Hess, Matthew T Rondina
BACKGROUND: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have the potential to improve stroke prevention among atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. We sought to determine if oral anticoagulation (OAC) treatment rates have increased since the approval of DOACs. METHODS: We identified 6,688 patients with AF at an academic medical center from January 2008 to June 2015. We examined OAC prescription rates over time and according to CHA2DS2VASc score using multivariable Poisson regression models, with an interaction term between risk score and year of AF diagnosis...
2016: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129663/risk-stratification-models-in-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Farhan Shahid, Gregory Y H Lip
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of stroke compared with the general population. AF-related stroke confers a higher mortality and morbidity risk, and thus, early detection and assessment for the initiation of effective stroke prevention with oral anticoagulation are crucial. Simple and practical risk assessment tools are essential to facilitate stroke and bleeding risk assessment in busy clinics and wards to aid decision making. At present, the CHA2DS2VASc score is recommended by guidelines as the most simple and practical method of assessing stroke risk in AF patients...
January 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129318/initial-experience-with-minimally-invasive-surgical-exclusion-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-with-an-epicardial-clip
#7
Nathan E Smith, Jeevan Joseph, John Morgan, Saqib Masroor
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the primary cardiac abnormality associated with ischemic stroke. Atrial fibrillation affects 2.7 million people with a stroke rate of 3.5% per year. Most of the emboli in patients with nonvalvular AF originate in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Surgical exclusion of the LAA decreases the yearly risk of stroke to 0.7% when combined with a Maze procedure. Traditional oversewing the LAA from inside the left atrium is associated with a significant number of recanalizations of LAA...
January 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106147/prediction-of-very-late-arrhythmia-recurrence-after-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-the-mb-later-clinical-score
#8
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Nebojša Marković, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip, Tatjana S Potpara
Reliable prediction of very late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (VLRAF) occuring >12 months after catheter ablation (CA) in apparently "cured" patients could optimize long-term follow-up and modify decision-making regarding the discontinuation of oral anticoagulant therapy. In a single-centre cohort of consecutive patients post radiofrequency AFCA, we retrospectively derived a novel score for VLRAF prediction. Of 133 consecutive post AFCA patients (mean age 56.9 ± 11.8 years, 63.9% male, 69.2% with paroxysmal AF) who were arrhythmia-free at 12 months (excluding 3-month "blanking period"), 20 patients expirienced a VLRAF during a 29...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025766/safety-of-cardioversion-in-atrial-fibrillation-lasting-less-than-48%C3%A2-h-without-post-procedural-anticoagulation-in-patients-at-low-cardioembolic-risk
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Andrea Tampieri, Valentina Cipriano, Fabrizio Mucci, Anna Maria Rusconi, Tiziano Lenzi, Patrizia Cenni
Currently, there is no unified consensus on short-term anticoagulation after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation lasting less than 48 h in low-cardioembolic-risk patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate the rate of transient ischemic attacks, stroke and death in this subset of patients after cardioversion without post-procedural anticoagulation. In a prospective observational study, patients with recent-onset AF undergoing cardioversion attempts in the Emergency Department were evaluated over the past 3 years...
December 26, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979034/interventional-left-atrial-appendage-closure-vs-novel-anticoagulation-agents-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-indicated-for-long-term-anticoagulation-prague-17-study
#10
Pavel Osmancik, Petr Tousek, Dalibor Herman, Petr Neuzil, Pavel Hala, Josef Stasek, Ludek Haman, Petr Kala, Martin Poloczek, Marian Branny, Jan Chovancik, Pavel Cervinka, Jiri Holy, Vlastimil Vancura, Richard Rokyta, Milos Taborsky, Tomas Kovarnik, David Zemanek, Petr Peichl, Sarka Haskova, Jiri Jarkovsky, Petr Widimsky
Atrial fibrillation (AF), with a prevalence of 1% to 2%, is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Without antithrombotic treatment, the annual risk of a cardioembolic event is 5% to 6%. The source of a cardioembolic event is a thrombus, which is usually formed in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Prevention of cardioembolic events involves treatment with anticoagulant drugs: either vitamin K antagonists or, recently, novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC). The other (nonpharmacologic) option for the prevention of a cardioembolic event involves interventional occlusion of the LAA...
January 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907893/factors-impacting-complication-rates-for-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-from-2003-to-2015
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Eunice Yang, Esra Gucuk Ipek, Muhammad Balouch, Yuliya Mints, Jonathan Chrispin, Joseph E Marine, Ronald D Berger, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Jack Rickard, Hugh Calkins, Saman Nazarian, David D Spragg
AIMS: Complications from catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) are well described. Changing aspects of AF ablation including patient populations referred, institutional experience, and emerging catheter and pharmacological options may impact complication rates. We assessed procedural complication trends in AF ablation patients from 2003-2015 to identify what factors affect adverse event rates. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated consecutively enrolled patients undergoing initial AF ablation from 2003 through 2015...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903938/post-noac-portuguese-observational-study-of-intracranial-hemorrhage-on-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
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Cláudia Marques-Matos, José Nuno Alves, João Pedro Marto, Joana Afonso Ribeiro, Ana Monteiro, José Araújo, Fernando Silva, Fátima Grenho, Miguel Viana-Baptista, João Sargento-Freitas, João Pinho, Elsa Azevedo
BACKGROUND: There is a lower reported incidence of intracranial hemorrhage with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants compared with vitamin K antagonist. However, the functional outcome and mortality of intracranial hemorrhage patients were not assessed. AIMS: To compare the outcome of vitamin K antagonists- and non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants-related intracranial hemorrhage. METHODS: We included consecutive patients with acute non-traumatic intracranial hemorrhage on oral anticoagulation therapy admitted between January 2013 and June 2015 at four university hospitals...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892885/vitamin-k-antagonists-for-stroke-prevention-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#13
Hans Van Der Meersch, Dirk De Bacquer, An S De Vriese
BACKGROUND: The use of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in hemodialysis patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is controversial. No randomized trials are available and observational studies have yielded conflicting results, engendering a large clinical practice variability and physician uncertainty. An unresolved but highly relevant question is whether AF poses a true risk of ischemic stroke in hemodialysis and whether any form of oral anticoagulation is therefore warranted. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of studies that compared the incidence of ischemic stroke and bleeding in hemodialysis patients with AF taking VKA and those not taking VKA...
October 4, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885496/descending-aortic-mechanics-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Rogério Teixeira, Ricardo Monteiro, Paulo Dinis, Maria José Santos, Ana Botelho, Nuno Quintal, Nuno Cardim, Lino Gonçalves
Vascular mechanics assessed with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) could be used as a new imaging surrogate of vascular stiffening. The CHA2DS2-VASc score is considered accurate as an estimate of stroke risk in non-valvular AF, although many potential stroke risk factors have not been included in this scoring method. The purpose of this research is to study the feasibility of evaluating vascular mechanics at the descending aorta in non-valvular AF patients using transesophageal 2D-STE and to analyze the association between descending aortic mechanics and stroke...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848065/impact-of-valvular-heart-disease-on-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-ramses-study
#15
Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Osman Beton, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Çağrı Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu, Ismail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalçık, Mehmet Yaman, Sinan İnci, Bernas Altıntaş, Sedat Kalkan, Cevat Kırma, Murat Biteker
The definition of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is controversial. We aimed to assess the impact of valvular heart disease on stroke prevention strategies in NVAF patients. The RAMSES study was a multicenter and cross-sectional study conducted on NVAF patients (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT02344901). The study population was divided into patients with significant valvular disease (SVD) and non-significant valvular disease (NSVD), whether they had at least one moderate valvular disease or not. Patients with a mechanical prosthetic valve and mitral stenosis were excluded...
February 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27750251/white-matter-hyperintensities-improve-ischemic-stroke-recurrence-prediction
#16
Søren Due Andersen, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen, Anders Gorst-Rasmussen, Yousef Yavarian, Gregory Y H Lip, Flemming W Bach
BACKGROUND: Nearly one in 5 patients with ischemic stroke will invariably experience a second stroke within 5 years. Stroke risk stratification schemes based solely on clinical variables perform only modestly in non-atrial fibrillation (AF) patients and improvement of these schemes will enhance their clinical utility. Cerebral white matter hyperintensities are associated with an increased risk of incident ischemic stroke in the general population, whereas their association with the risk of ischemic stroke recurrence is more ambiguous...
2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733533/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-13%C3%A2-122-hong-kong-citizens-with-smartphone-electrocardiogram
#17
Ngai-Yin Chan, Chi-Chung Choy
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of community screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) using a smartphone-based wireless single-lead ECG (SL-ECG) and to generate epidemiological data on the prevalence and risk factors of AF in Hong Kong. METHODS: In the period between 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015, 13 122 Hong Kong citizens consented and voluntarily participated in a territory-wide community-based AF screening programme. RESULTS: 56 (0...
January 1, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695988/prognosis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-a-presumed-temporary-cause-in-a-community-based-cohort-study
#18
Laurent Fauchier, Nicolas Clementy, Arnaud Bisson, Karim Stamboul, Fabrice Ivanes, Denis Angoulvant, Dominique Babuty, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) may be related to acute and temporary causes, whether cardiovascular or non-cardiovascular. It remains unclear whether the risk of ischemic stroke is different in this setting, and whether antithrombotic management should be different in these patients. The objective of the study was to describe and compare the risk of stroke in AF patients with and with no such temporary precipitating cause. METHODS: Among 8962 patients with AF seen between 2000 and 2010, we focused our analysis on 4587 patients with non-permanent AF, of whom 740 (16 %) had at least one possible temporary cause of AF...
September 30, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693993/the-c-of-chads-historical-perspective-and-clinical-applications-for-anticoagulation-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-congestive-heart-failure
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EDITORIAL
Y Chugh, R T Faillace
The risk stratification of patients with coexisting non valvular atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, is often a clinical challenge, as the definitions of congestive heart failure in the popular CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scoring systems, and amongst major clinical trials on Warfarin and Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOAC) have heterogeneity. Available evidence reveals that any heart failure and/or left ventricular systolic dysfunction is associated with higher rates of stroke/systemic embolism and bleeding in patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation compared to patients without heart failure and normal left ventricular function...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678530/early-real-world-evidence-of-persistence-on-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-cohort-study-in-uk-primary-care
#20
Michelle E Johnson, Cinira Lefèvre, Shuk-Li Collings, David Evans, Sebastian Kloss, Essra Ridha, Andrew Maguire
OBJECTIVES: To examine the characteristics and persistence in patients newly initiated with oral anticoagulants (OACs) for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). DESIGN: Cohort study in Clinical Practice Research Datalink. SETTING: UK primary care. PARTICIPANTS: 15 242 patients with NVAF newly prescribed apixaban, rivaroxaban, dabigatran or vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) between 1 December 2012 and 31 October 2014...
September 26, 2016: BMJ Open
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