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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730948/nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#1
George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Hans-Chris Diener, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Patrik Michel
Background In a previous systematic review and meta-analysis, we assessed the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin-K antagonist oral anticoagulants versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke or transient ischemic attack. Since then, new information became available. Aim The aim of the present work was to update the results of the previous systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods We searched PubMed until 24 August 2016 for randomized controlled trials using the following search items: "atrial fibrillation" and "anticoagulation" and "warfarin" and "previous stroke or transient ischemic attack...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730690/incorporating-comprehensive-management-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-into-anticoagulation-clinics
#2
Insaf Mohammad, Bianca Korkis, Candice L Garwood
Anticoagulation clinics emerged as a means to optimize warfarin effectiveness and minimize bleeding risks. Anticoagulation clinics have traditionally been warfarin-based models due to the need for frequent blood level monitoring, drug interactions, dietary considerations, and periprocedural management with warfarin. These models have demonstrated improved anticoagulation control and reduced bleeding complications for patients taking warfarin. Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) emerged with the perception of improved convenience due to the lack of blood level monitoring and lack of dietary considerations...
July 21, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727359/-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Gaia Sirimarco, Lorenz Hirt, Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren
Oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) was the cornerstone of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). This review article presents the state of the art, with regard to the treatment options developed over the past few years, the new oral anticoagulants (NOAC). A search in PubMed for relevant published studies has been performed. Dabigatran and apixaban were superior to warfarin to reduce stroke risk or systemic embolism ; dabigatran, rivaroxaban and edoxaban were non-inferior. All NOAC are globally non-inferior to warfarin for stroke prevention in non-valvular AF and they have a superior safety profile, with a reduced intracranial bleeding risk...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724512/the-health-buddies-app-as-a-novel-tool-to-improve-adherence-and-knowledge-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-pilot-study
#4
Lien Desteghe, Kiki Kluts, Johan Vijgen, Pieter Koopman, Dagmara Dilling-Boer, Joris Schurmans, Paul Dendale, Hein Heidbuchel
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) constitutes an important risk for stroke, especially in an ageing population. A new app (Health Buddies) was developed as a tool to improve adherence to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in an elderly AF population by providing a virtual contract with their grandchildren, spelling out daily challenges for both. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility and usability of the Health Buddies app in AF patients...
July 19, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713598/development-of-new-deep-venous-thrombosis-while-on-apixaban
#5
Munish Sharma, Sabarina Ramanathan, Koroush Khalighi
The efficacy of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in preventing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) has been established in large multicenter trials. Predictable pharmacokinetics, avoidance of routine laboratory monitoring, and lesser drug interactions have made NOACs safer and more tolerable treatment option in comparison to warfarin. However, cases of treatment failure mainly due to interindividual variation in plasma drug levels can be seen rarely. In this report we describe a case of acute DVT of right lower extremity in a patient who was on apixaban for prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to underlying nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710707/prescription-patterns-of-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-across-indications-and-factors-associated-with-their-increased-prescribing-in-atrial-fibrillation-between-2012-2015-a-study-from-the-norwegian-prescription-database
#6
Anna Maria Urbaniak, Bjørn Oddvar Strøm, Randi Krontveit, Kristin Helene Svanqvist
OBJECTIVE: We studied prescription patterns for non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in Norway between 2012 and 2015, and compared NOAC and warfarin patient characteristics such as age, gender and cardiovascular (CV) co-medications across reimbursed indications. Factors associated with NOAC prescribing in atrial fibrillation (AF) were also analysed. METHODS: All Norwegian patients (N = 156,124) who received at least one dispensed NOAC or warfarin prescription within the indications of AF, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (DVT_PE) or prevention of venous thromboembolic events after a hip or knee surgery (VTE_surg) between 2012 and 2015 were included in the study...
July 14, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707135/secondary-stroke-prevention-in-cryptogenic-stroke-and-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-esus
#7
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Hans-Christoph Diener, Richard Bernstein, Robert Hart
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the literature on cryptogenic stroke and embolic stroke of undetermined stroke (ESUS). Cryptogenic stroke according to TOAST criteria is a stroke which is not due to cardiogenic embolism, small vessel disease with lacunes or large vessel disease of brain supplying arteries. In the context of secondary stroke prevention studies, cryptogenic stroke is not operationally defined. RECENT FINDINGS: The new concept of "embolic stroke of undetermined source" (ESUS) provides an operational definition...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704755/oral-warfarin-intake-affects-skin-inflammatory-cytokine-responses-in-rats
#8
Aleksandra Popov Aleksandrov, Ivana Mirkov, Lidija Zolotarevski, Marina Ninkov, Dina Mileusnic, Dragan Kataranovski, Milena Kataranovski
Warfarin is an anticoagulant used in prevention/prophylaxis of thromboembolism. Besides the effects on coagulation, non-hemorrhagic reactions have also been documented. Although cutaneous reactions were reported in some patients, the impact on skin immunity was not explored. In the present paper, the effect of 30-day oral warfarin intake on skin cytokine responses in rats was analyzed. Increased release of inflammatory cytokines (TNF, IL-1β and IL-10) was noted by skin explants from rats which received warfarin, but without effect on IL-6...
June 28, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700163/-direct-oral-anticoagulants-doac-practical-guidance-for-daily-prescription
#9
Helia Robert-Ebadi, Pierre Fontana, Françoise Boehlen, Marc Righini
The widespread introduction of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) represents a major step forward in the therapeutic management of patients with venous thromboembolic disease and atrial fibrillation, accompanied by new challenges. A thorough knowledge of the available evidence needs to be associated with pragmatism in order to address patients' individual issues. Access to documents containing practical guidance will certainly contribute to increase the efficacy and safety of prescription of these drugs for patients...
December 7, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695244/-diagnostic-and-treatment-standards-for-cerebral-sinus-venous-thrombosis-results-of-an-online-survey-of-german-stroke-units
#10
C Geisbüsch, P A Ringleb, O Busse, G F Hamann, S Nagel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of this survey was to characterize the current diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for thrombosis of the cerebral sinus and veins (CVT) performed in German stroke units (SU). METHODS: Between September 2015 and January 2016 all clinical heads of certified SUs in Germany were invited to participate in a standardized online survey. The survey concentrated on the basic characteristics of SUs, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and was made anonymous if so desired...
July 10, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681581/risk-analysis-of-new-oral-anticoagulants-for-gastrointestinal-bleeding-and-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
#11
Wei-Wei Xu, Shen-Jiang Hu, Tao Wu
BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic therapy using new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has been generally shown to have a favorable risk-benefit profile. Since there has been dispute about the risks of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), we sought to conduct a systematic review and network meta-analysis using Bayesian inference to analyze the risks of GIB and ICH in AF patients taking NOACs. METHODS: We analyzed data from 20 randomized controlled trials of 91 671 AF patients receiving anticoagulants, antiplatelet drugs, or placebo...
July 2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675265/-direct-oral-anticoagulants-some-practical-considerations
#12
Stéphanie Bornet, Christodoulos Dolapsakis, Pierre-Auguste Petignat, Niels Gobin
Prevention and management of thromboembolic events are historically based on the use of anti-vitamines K (AVK) and heparins. Since 2009, emerging direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) with successive validated indications, changed progressively the way of managing oral anticoagulation. The main advantages of this new generation of medication are a better safety profile and the lack of need for monitoring anticoagulation activity. However, a number of situations in clinical practice still require careful use of these DOAC...
September 7, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668363/-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patient-undergoing-angioplasty-for-peripheral-artery-disease
#13
Serge Kownator
Antiplatelet therapy in patients undergoing PTA/Stenting for PAD relies on low quality evidences. Most interventionists provide a loading dose of clopidogrel in addition to aspirin followed by dual antiplatelet therapy for a duration of 1 to 3 months after PTA. The rational of this strategy relies mostly on the results of studies dedicated to coronary angioplasty. Ongoing trials with direct oral anticoagulants will perhaps provide new data in order to improve the practice.
June 28, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662810/treating-specialty-and-outcomes-in-newly%C3%A2-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-treat-af%C3%A2-study
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Alexander C Perino, Jun Fan, Susan K Schmitt, Mariam Askari, Daniel W Kaiser, Abhishek Deshmukh, Paul A Heidenreich, Christopher Swan, Sanjiv M Narayan, Paul J Wang, Mintu P Turakhia
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs in many clinical contexts and is diagnosed and treated by clinicians across many specialties. This approach has resulted in treatment variations. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to evaluate the association between treating specialty and AF outcomes among patients newly diagnosed with AF. METHODS: Using data from the TREAT-AF (Retrospective Evaluation and Assessment of Therapies in AF) study from the Veterans Health Administration, patients with newly diagnosed, nonvalvular AF between 2004 and 2012 were identified who had at least 1 outpatient encounter with primary care or cardiology within 90 days of the AF diagnosis...
July 4, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662704/thrombocytopenia-induced-by-dabigatran-two-case-reports
#15
Hyun Goo Kang, Seung Jae Lee, Ji Yeon Chung, Jin Sung Cheong
BACKGROUND: Vitamin K inhibitors (e.g. warfarin) and indirect thrombin inhibitors (e.g. heparin) are widely used to prevent thromboembolic disorders (e.g. myocardial infarction, venous thromboembolism, and stroke). These agents have been mainstays of anticoagulation for people older than 60 years. However, their administration is associated with a risk of bleeding and requires careful monitoring of patients. Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), such as dabigatran, are significantly safer in preventing thromboembolism than warfarin and heparin (sporadically causes thrombocytopenia) and are more specific for their target protein, thrombin...
June 29, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658488/major-bleeding-in-patients-with-diabetes-and-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-new-oral-anticoagulants-reply
#16
Anna Plitt, Darren K McGuire, Robert P Giugliano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 28, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658475/major-bleeding-in-patients-with-diabetes-and-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-new-oral-anticoagulants
#17
Alina Scridon, Razvan Constantin Erban
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 28, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656778/common-atrial-flutter-catheter-ablation-without-discontinuing-oral-anticoagulation
#18
Carlos Escobar, Sergio Castrejón, Rosa Montes de Oca, Marta Ortega, José Luis Lopez-Sendon, José Luis Merino
AIM: To determine if performing catheter ablation under oral anticoagulation is associated with a higher risk of thromboembolic or bleeding complications. METHODS: Patients with common atrial flutter that underwent catheter ablation of the cavo-tricuspid isthmus were consecutively included in the study. All patients were taking oral anticoagulants at least 3 weeks before the ablation. RESULTS: A total of 102 patients (mean age 67.9 ± 10.3 years; 83...
June 28, 2017: Future Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655815/geographic-variation-in-the-use-of-oral-anticoagulation-therapy-in-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Inmaculada Hernandez, Samir Saba, Yuting Zhang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Underuse of oral anticoagulation in stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation is common; however, it remains unknown how it varies geographically. The objective of this study was to evaluate geographic variation in oral anticoagulation use and in the initiation of new oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: Using 2013 to 2014 claims data from a 5% random sample of Medicare beneficiaries, we identified patients newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation who initiated NOACs (n=8659), warfarin (n=11 771) or no oral anticoagulation therapy (n=18 226) in 2013 to 2014...
June 27, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650000/andexanet-alfa-a-recombinant-mimetic-of-human-factor-xa-for-the-reversal-of-anticoagulant-therapies
#20
G Escolar, M Diaz-Ricart, E Arellano-Rodrigo
Activated coagulation factor X (FXa) is a common target for classic and newer anticoagulants. Parenteral anticoagulants with an indirect inhibitory action on FXa (low-molecular-weight heparins) have a well-established clinical efficacy in the prophylaxis and therapy of thromboembolic conditions. More recently developed direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have emerged as a new class of antithrombotic drugs. Rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are direct inhibitors of FXa approved for the management of venous thromboembolism and stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
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