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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350386/comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-of-real-life-atrial-fibrillation-patients-treated-with-vitamin-k-antagonists-dabigatran-and-rivaroxaban-results-from-the-craft-study
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Paweł Balsam, Krzysztof Ozierański, Agata Tymińska, Katarzyna Żukowska, Martyna Zaleska, Katarzyna Szepietowska, Kacper Maciejewski, Michał Peller, Marcin Grabowski, Piotr Lodziński, Anna Praska-Ogińska, Inna Zaboyska, Łukasz Kołtowski, Anna Kowalczuk, Janusz Bednarski, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: The first line drugs for treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which are preferred over vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). There is some evidence that an everyday clinical practice is distant from the guidelines. AIM: The study aimed to compare characteristics of patients on VKAs, dabigatran and rivaroxaban met in everyday practice (i.e. baseline characteristics, drugs' doses, risk factors of bleeding and thromboembolic events)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317917/assessing-appropriateness-of-drug-therapy-in-older-persons-development-and-application-of-a-medication-assessment-tool-for-long-term-management-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Marise Gauci, Francesca Wirth, Liberato Camilleri, Lilian M Azzopardi, Anthony Serracino-Inglott
Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is highly prevalent in older persons and is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Assessing appropriateness of drug therapy in AF may be facilitated by application of medication assessment tools (MATs). Objective: To develop, psychometrically evaluate and apply an innovative MAT for the long-term management of AF with particular relevance to older persons. Methods: Key recommendations from clinical practice guidelines for the long-term management of AF were selected and review criteria defining appropriate drug therapy were constructed as a 'qualifying statement' followed by a 'standard'...
October 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233496/identifying-warfarin-control-with-stroke-and-bleed-risk-scores
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Nijole Bernaitis, Chi Keong Ching, Tony Badrick, Shailendra Anoopkumar-Dukie
Warfarin decreases stroke risk in atrial fibrillation patients, with efficacy and safety impacted by the quality of warfarin control, as measured by time in therapeutic range (TTR). Stroke and bleed risk scores are calculated prior to commencing warfarin, so it would be beneficial if these scores also identified likely warfarin control. Some studies have investigated CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc, and HASBLED individually for this purpose, but application of all scores to diverse ethnic populations and at sites with differing overall control has not been investigated...
November 28, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224408/oral-anticoagulation-therapy-upon-discharge-in-hospitalized-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Devada Singh-Franco, Genevieve Hale, Robin J Jacobs
OBJECTIVES: Availability of direct oral anticoagulants and CHA2DS2VASc/HAS-BLED scoring tools underscore the importance of appropriate and safe use of oral anticoagulation therapy (OACT). The purpose of this study was to evaluate stroke prevention pharmacotherapy in adult patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) discharged from a large, community-based hospital. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using a de-identified data collection sheet for data extraction (demographics, admitting diagnosis, OACT prior to admission and at discharge, concomitant medications that could increase bleed risk and/or acid-suppressive therapies)...
December 11, 2017: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174184/competitive-interaction-between-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-predicting-incident-atrial-fibrillation
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Maria Perticone, Angela Sciacqua, Giovanni Tripepi, Sofia Miceli, Salvatore Corrao, Giorgio Sesti, Francesco Perticone
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, and an emerging risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores are significantly associated with incident AF independently of other risk factors. The aim of this study was to demonstrate a possible interaction between COPD and CHA2DS2-VASc in predicting incident AF. METHODS: This observational prospective cohort study included 4322 Caucasians with cardiovascular risk factors, stratified by CHA2DS2-VASc score (>2 vs <2) and presence/absence of COPD...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167612/the-value-of-cha2ds2vasc-score-in-predicting-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-who-have-undergone-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Kudret Keskin, Süleyman Sezai Yıldız, Gökhan Çetinkal, Gökhan Aksan, Hakan Kilci, Şükrü Çetin, Serhat Sığırcı, Kadriye Kılıçkesmez
Background: Acute coronary syndrome is the most common cause of cardiac morbidity and death. Various scoring systems have been developed in order to identify patients who are at risk for adverse outcome and may benefit from more aggressive and effective therapies. Objectives: This study was designed to evaluate the CHA2DS2VASC score as a predictor of mortality inpatients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (p-PCI)...
November 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160390/left-atrial-appendage-closure-with-amplatzer-cardiac-plug-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-safety-and-long-term-outcome
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Marcio José Montenegro da Costa, Esmeralci Ferreira, Edgard Freitas Quintella, Bernardo Amorim, Alexandre Fuchs, Ricardo Zajdenverg, Hugo Sabino, Denilson Campos de Albuquerque
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a cardiac arrhythmia with high risk for thromboembolic events, specially stroke. OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety of left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug for the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with nonvalvular AF. METHODS: This study included 15 patients with nonvalvular AF referred for LAAC, 6 older than 75 years (mean age, 69.4 ± 9.3 years; 60% of the male sex)...
November 13, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146378/association-of-p-wave-duration-index-with-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation
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Onur Kaypakli, Hasan Koca, Durmuş Yıldıray Şahin, Sefa Okar, Fadime Karataş, Mevlüt Koç
AIM: We aimed to investigate the relationship between the recurrence of AF and P wave duration index (PWDI) in patients with nonvalvular PAF. METHODS: We included 114 patients who underwent cryoballoon catheter ablation with the diagnosis of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) (55 male, 59 female; mean age 55.5±10,9years). PWDI was calculated by dividing the Pwd by the PR interval in DII lead of 12‑lead ECG. Patients had regular follow-up visits with 12-lead ECG, medical history and clinical evaluation...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096024/antithrombotic-therapy-in-atrial-fibrillation-associated-with-valvular-heart-disease-a-joint-consensus-document-from-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-ehra-and-european-society-of-cardiology-working-group-on-thrombosis-endorsed-by-the-esc-working-group
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Gregory Y H Lip, Jean Philippe Collet, Raffaele de Caterina, Laurent Fauchier, Deirdre A Lane, Torben B Larsen, Francisco Marin, Joao Morais, Calambur Narasimhan, Brian Olshansky, Luc Pierard, Tatjana Potpara, Nizal Sarrafzadegan, Karen Sliwa, Gonzalo Varela, Gemma Vilahur, Thomas Weiss, Giuseppe Boriani, Bianca Rocca
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major worldwide public health problem, and AF in association with valvular heart disease (VHD) is also common. However, management strategies for this group of patients have been less informed by randomized trials, which have largely focused on 'non-valvular AF' patients. Thrombo-embolic risk also varies according to valve lesion and may also be associated with CHA2DS2VASc score risk factor components, rather than only the valve disease being causal. Given marked heterogeneity in the definition of valvular and non-valvular AF and variable management strategies, including non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with VHD other than prosthetic heart valves or haemodynamically significant mitral valve disease, there is a need to provide expert recommendations for professionals participating in the care of patients presenting with AF and associated VHD...
November 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078033/warfarin-prescription-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-one-non-gender-related-risk-factor-cha2ds2vasc-1-or-2-a-treatment-dilemma
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Gentian Denas, Giacomo Zoppellaro, Seena Padayattil Jose, Emilia Antonucci, Francesco Marongiu, Daniela Poli, Sophie Testa, Armando Tripodi, Gualtiero Palareti, Vittorio Pengo
INTRODUCTION: The issue of anticoagulation in individuals with atrial fibrillation and 1 non-gender related risk factor is subject to debate. The reported risk of stroke in untreated individuals is not uniform, and the rate of haemorrhage associated with anticoagulation in this group of individuals is not well defined. To this end, we assessed the rate of stroke and major haemorrhage in individuals treated with warfarin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: individuals were extracted from the START register, an observational, multicentre, dynamic inception cohort study that collects data on AF individuals starting anticoagulation therapy...
October 27, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069203/first-results-of-the-brazilian-registry-of-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Ênio Eduardo Guérios, Francisco Chamié, Márcio Montenegro, Eduardo Benchimol Saad, Fabio Sandoli de Brito, Paulo Avancini Caramori, Luiz Carlos Simões, Flávio Roberto Azevedo de Oliveira, Luiz Carlos Giuliano, Cláudio Munhoz da Fontoura Tavares
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective alternative to oral anticoagulation (OA) for the prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). OBJECTIVE: To present the immediate results and late outcomes of patients submitted to LAAC and included in the Brazilian Registry of Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure. METHODS: 91 patients with NVAF, high stroke risk (CHA2DS2VASc score = 4...
October 19, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039622/quality-of-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulation-in-322-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-real-life-data-from-a-survey-in-eastern-switzerland
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Micha Tobias Maeder, Tabea König, Sanja Bogdanovic, Irene Schneider, Werner Eugster, Peter Ammann, Marius König, Jürg Beer, Hans Rickli
AIM OF THE STUDY: To better appreciate the role of the non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in Switzerland we aimed to assess the quality of vitamin K antagonist (VKA) anticoagulation in daily practice. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, clinically stable patients on VKA treatment for non-valvular atrial fibrillation for at least 6 months, documentation of international normalised ratio (INR) values for at least 3 months and with at least two INR values were included...
October 17, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016766/temporal-pattern-episode-duration-based-classification-of-atrial-fibrillation-as-paroxysmal-vs-persistent-is-it-time-to-develop-a-more-integrated-prognostic-score-to-optimize-management
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Matthew Hammond-Haley, Rui Providência, Pier D Lambiase
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a clinically heterogeneous arrhythmia that is currently classified according to the variety of temporal rhythm based manifestations observed clinically, including 'first detected episode', 'paroxysmal', 'persistent', or 'permanent' AF. Despite being widely adopted by the most recent consensus guidelines, the utility of this classification system to stratify patients into distinct and clinically useful groups that have different outcomes including mortality, morbidity, specific cardiovascular outcomes, and quality of life (QoL), remains questionable...
July 11, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994871/evaluation-of-anticoagulation-therapy-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department
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Hanen Ghazali, Jihen Essid, Anware Yahmadi, Moez Mougaida, Mahbouba Chkir, Sami Souissi
INTRODUCTION: The vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are currently the most effective therapeutic class for the prevention of cerebrovascular eventsin atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. However, several studies showed an under-prescription of this therapy.The aim of the study was to assess the prescription of VKAs in non-valvular AF (NVAF) patients and factors influencing the non-prescription ofsuch treatment. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observational study in an emergency department (ED)...
November 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991879/risks-versus-benefits-of-anticoagulation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-cirrhotic-patients
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Jonggi Choi, Junhwan Kim, Ju Hyun Shim, Minsu Kim, Gi-Byoung Nam
BACKGROUND & AIMS: To evaluate the clinical benefits and risks of anticoagulation with warfarin in cirrhotic patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: A total of 465 cirrhotic patients diagnosed with nonvalvular AF were retrospectively analyzed. We compared incidences of ischemic stroke and major bleeding events between the 2 groups and examined the factors predicting ischemic stroke or major bleeding events. RESULTS: Of 465 patients with AF, 113 (24...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985990/the-importance-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-selected-echocardiographic-parameters-for-the-effectiveness-and-safety-of-thrombolytic-therapy-in-patients-with-stroke
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Lasek-Bal Anetta, Kowalewska-Twardela Teresa, Warsz-Wianecka Aldona, Puz Przemysław, Krzan Aleksandra, Cieślik Aleksandra
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of thrombolytic therapy in stroke depend on multiple factors. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of atrial fibrillation the prognosis in terms of the functional status in patients with stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis. An additional aim was also to assess the potential significance of reduced ejection fraction (EF) and enlarged left atrium (LA) of the heart for the prognosis in patients with stroke who underwent thrombolytic therapy...
September 19, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883032/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-hospitalised-geriatric-patients
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Rene Tavernier, Michael Wolf, Vikas Kataria, Tom Phlips, Ruben Huys, Philippe Taghji, Ruan Louw, Raf Van Hoeyweghen, Yves Vandekerckhove, Sébastien Knecht, Mattias Duytschaever
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether daily short-term rhythm strip recordings on top of routine clinical care could increase the atrial fibrillation (AF) detection rate in the hospitalised elderly. METHODS: A hand-held device storing a bipolar ECG during 1 min was used for daily rhythm recording in hospitalised elderly patients. RESULTS: During 2 months, all patients admitted to the Department of Geriatric Medicine were screened (n=327). Five patients refused to participate in the study and 70 patients were unable to hold the device due to severe mental (n=46) or motor impairment (n=24)...
September 7, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864464/use-of-the-cha2ds2vasc-score-to-reduce-utilisation-of-transoesophageal-echocardiography-prior-to-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Charlotte Atkinson, Jonathan Hinton, Edmund B Gaisie, Arthur M Yue, Paul R Roberts, Dhrubo J Rakhit, Benoy N Shah
Trans-oesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is frequently performed prior to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation to exclude left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus. However, patients undergoing AF ablation are usually anticoagulated, thus making the presence of thrombus unlikely in most cases. This study aimed to determine whether the CHA2DS2VASc scoring system can be used to identify patients that do not require TOE prior to AF ablation. In this single centre retrospective study, local institutional and primary care databases and electronic patient records were searched to identify patients that had undergone TOE prior to AF ablation...
September 1, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853765/pulmonary-embolism-four-days-after-interruption-of-therapy-with-rivaroxaban
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Gabor Göndör, Claudia Stöllberger
Thrombosis after cessation of anticoagulation, also named rebound thrombosis, is a matter of concern and controversy. There are only few published data about occurrence of rebound thrombosis associated with non-vitamin K-antagonist oral anticoagulant drugs (NOACs). We report on a 58-year-old male with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) with a CHA2DS2VASC score of 4 who developed central pulmonary embolism four days after interruption of rivaroxaban because of parotid surgery. He had received 40 mg enoxaparin/d...
October 26, 2017: Hämostaseologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28848331/r2-gfr-chads2-and-r2-gfr-cha2ds2vasc-schemes-improved-the-performance-of-chads2-and-cha2ds2vasc-scores-in-death-risk-stratification-of-chinese-older-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Shihui Fu, Shanjing Zhou, Leiming Luo, Ping Ye
BACKGROUND: This analysis was carried out to refine the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scores by combining creatinine clearance (CrCl) and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and evaluate the performance of CrCl-based and GFR-based schemes in death risk stratification of Chinese older patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: There were 219 older patients with AF, and all-cause mortality was assessed during the follow-up of 1.11 years. Renal function was evaluated using the CrCl formula and different GFR (Modification of Diet in Renal Disease [MDRD], Chinese MDRD [CMDRD], Mayo Clinic Quadratic [Mayo] and Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration [CKD-EPI]) formulas, and five kinds of R2CHADS2 and R2CHA2DS2VASc schemes were generated by combining CrCl and GFR with CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scores...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
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