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Yutaka Yonezawa, Shigeo Horinaka, Chiaki Shirakawa, Yoshio Kogure
Direct oral anti-coagulants (DOACs) have been used in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), and renal function evaluation using the CCr (Cockcroft-Gault) is recommended as a criterion for the reduction of DOAC. In contrast, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is usually used as an index of renal function in daily practice. We determined the age- and gender-specific prevalence rates of AF and whether CCr or eGFR was associated with the prevalence of AF. Data from the periodic health examinations of 108,951 subjects were collected...
March 20, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Hui Yin Lim, Harshal Nandurkar, Prahlad Ho
The advent of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) has revolutionized anticoagulation management in both stroke prevention and venous thromboembolism (VTE) treatment/prevention. Clinical trials and secondary real-world data have shown that DOACs have similar efficacy and, in some cases, improved bleeding safety profiles compared with vitamin K antagonists. Together with benefits of patient convenience, this has shifted the risk-benefit ratio toward long-term anticoagulation. However, current VTE risk assessment models are based on vitamin K antagonists and do not take into account the new paradigm of DOACs...
March 20, 2018: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
Megan Z Roberts, G Eric Gaskill, Julie Kanter-Washko, T Rogers Kyle, Brittany C Jones, Nicole M Bohm
Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) experience initial and recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) more commonly and at a younger age than the general population, and it confers a higher mortality for patients with SCD. However, limited evidence is available to guide anticoagulant use for VTE treatment in this population. The primary objective of this study is to characterize the effectiveness and safety of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) and warfarin for VTE treatment among patients with SCD. This single-center retrospective study includes adult patients with SCD who were diagnosed with VTE...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Andrea Szegedi, Zoltán Csanádi
The significantly increased incidence of stroke and systemic embolisation caused by atrial fibrillation can be prevented by adequately adjusted anticoagulant therapy. Vitamin K antagonists effectively decrease the risk of thromboembolic events but this effect is influenced by many factors. The development of the new direct oral anticoagulant drugs (DOAC) in the last few years provided new opportunities for us to choose the suitable anticoagulant therapy. According to the results of the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 and ENSURE-AF multicenter, randomized trials, edoxaban, the recently introduced DOAC is equally effective as the traditional coumarin therapy, nevertheless, it ensures more tolerable anticoagulation for patients suffering from non-valvular atrial fibrillation...
March 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Geoffrey D Barnes, Erin Mouland
Peri-procedural management of oral anticoagulants can be complex and confusing for many providers. It involves a careful balance of a patient's thromboembolic risk and bleeding risk. For every patient chronically taking an oral anticoagulant who will be undergoing an elective procedure, a four step approach may be considered when creating a plan for the oral anticoagulant.(Writing Group M, 20161 ) Does the oral anticoagulant need to stop for the procedure?(Periprocedural Management of Anticoagulation Writing C, Doherty JU, Gluckman TJ, et al...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Sophie Testa, Oriana Paoletti, Cristina Legnani, Claudia Dellanoce, Emilia Antonucci, Benilde Cosmi, Vittorio Pengo, Daniela Poli, Rossella Morandini, Roberto Testa, Armando Tripodi, Gualtiero Palareti
BACKGROUND: Direct oral anticoagulants(DOACs) are administered at fixed dose without need for dose adjustment by lab testing. A high inter-individual variability in the drug blood levels was shown with all DOACs. To evaluate a possible relationship between DOAC C-trough anticoagulant levels and thromboembolic events,565 consecutivenaïve patients withatrial fibrillation (AF), were enrolled in this study performed within the START-Laboratory Registry. METHODS: DOAC specific measurements [diluted thrombin time (dTT) or anti-FIIa calibrated for dabigatran; anti-FXa calibrated for rivaroxaban or apixaban] at C-trough were performed locally at steady state within 15-25 days from starting treatment...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Anne-Céline Martin, Sarah Lessire, Isabelle Leblanc, Anne-Sophie Dincq, Ivan Philip, Isabelle Gouin-Thibault, Anne Godier
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend to perform atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation without interruption of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) and to administer unfractionated heparin (UFH) for an activated clotting time (ACT) ≥300 seconds, by analogy with vitamin K antagonist (VKA). Nevertheless, pharmacological differences between DOAC and VKA, especially regarding ACT sensitivity and UFH response, prevent extrapolation from VKA to DOAC. HYPOTHESIS: The level of anticoagulation at the time of the procedure in uninterrupted DOAC-treated patients is unpredictable, and would complicate intra-procedural UFH administration and monitoring...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Amihai Rottenstreich, Netanel Zacks, Geffen Kleinstern, Bruria Hirsh Raccah, Batia Roth, Nael Da'as, Yosef Kalish
The role of drug-level monitoring among patients using direct-acting oral anticoagulant (DOAC) is unclear. We aimed to investigate its 'real-life' utilization and effect on clinical management. A review of records of patients who underwent DOAC level testing during 2013-2017. Overall, 212 patients (median age 77 years) underwent 292 DOAC measurements [apixaban (n = 147), rivaroxaban (n = 102), dabigatran (n = 43)]. Monitoring volume increased by 460% during study period. DOAC level testing was performed during routine follow-up in 51 (17...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
John Burn, Munir Pirmohamed
About 1.4 British million people are at risk of strokes due to non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) necessitating long-term anticoagulation. The vitamin K antagonist, warfarin, has a long half-life and narrow therapeutic range necessitating regular monitoring and is a common cause of iatrogenic hospital admission. Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs), dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are not required to have monitoring but are sensitive to changes in renal function and are associated with poorer adherence...
2018: Open Heart
Fabian Plank, Christoph Beyer, Guy Friedrich, Markus Stühlinger, Florian Hintringer, Wolfgang Dichtl, Matthias Wildauer, Gudrun Feuchtner
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are associated with increased vascular calcification which may lead to an elevated cardiovascular risk. If the direct anticoagulants (DOACs) have similar negative vascular effects is unknown. We evaluated the influence of different anticoagulation strategies on coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: Overall 702 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent CTA for AF ablation planning were enrolled and stratified according to their anticoagulation into VKA, DOAC (all agents) and a control group without oral anticoagulation...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
A L Sennesael, A S Larock, B Devalet, V Mathieux, F Verschuren, X Muschart, O Dalleur, J M Dogné, A Spinewine
AIMS: To determine the preventability of serious adverse drug reactions (ADR) related to the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC), and to explore contributing factors to preventable ADRs. Results were compared with vitamin K antagonists (VKA). METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study in the emergency departments of two teaching hospitals from July 2015 to January 2016. Patients admitted with a thrombotic or bleeding event while under DOAC or VKA were included...
March 9, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Alessandro Cipriano, Alessio Pecori, Alessandra Eugenia Bionda, Michele Bardini, Francesca Frassi, Francesco Leoli, Valentina Lami, Lorenzo Ghiadoni, Massimo Santini
Prognosis after mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) on oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) is uncertain. We evaluated the rate of immediate and delayed traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) comparing vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and the safety of a clinical management protocol. In this single-center prospective observational study, we enrolled 220 patients on OAT with MTBI. After a first negative CT scan, asymptomatic patients underwent a close neurological observation; if neurologically stable, they were discharged without a second CT scan and followed up for 1 month...
March 8, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
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
Ang Li, David A Garcia, Gary H Lyman, Marc Carrier
INTRODUCTION: It is unclear if direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are effective and safe alternatives to low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWHs) for the treatment of cancer-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE). We aim to synthesize existing literature that compared DOACs versus LMWHs in this high-risk population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a systematic review using EMBASE, MEDLINE and CENTRAL for all observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (PROSPERO: CRD42017080898)...
March 2, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Majed S Al Yami, Sawsan Kurdi, Ivo Abraham
Background: Standard-duration (7-10 days) thromboprophylaxis with low molecular weight heparin, low dose unfractionated heparin, or fondaparinux in hospitalized medically ill patients is associated with ~50% reduction in venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk. However, these patients remain at high risk for VTE post-discharge. The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) apixaban, rivaroxaban and betrixaban have been evaluated for extended-duration (30-42 days) thromboprophylaxis in this population...
2018: Journal of Blood Medicine
Sakiko Miyazaki, Katsumi Miyauchi, Hidemori Hayashi, Ryota Tanaka, Shuko Nojiri, Tadashi Miyazaki, Masataka Sumiyoshi, Satoru Suwa, Yuji Nakazato, Takao Urabe, Nobutaka Hattori, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has evolved with the development of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), but data on their clinical effectiveness and safety outside clinical trial settings are limited. METHOD: The RAFFINE registry is an observational, multicenter, prospective registry of Japanese patients with AF, designed to follow clinical events over 3 years. Patient enrollment was conducted from 2013 to 2015 at university hospitals, general hospitals, and private clinics to ensure inclusion of a broad spectrum of representative AF patients...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Francesco Marongiu, Doris Barcellona
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) represent an innovation because they avoid periodic laboratory monitoring, and also reduce cerebral bleeding. An examination of the performance of DOACs versus warfarin in randomized clinical trials dedicated to atrial fibrillation would reveal the poor performance of warfarin because the percentage of major bleeding is always above 3%; however, the percentage of major bleeding is less than half of that when the management is done in anticoagulation clinics (ACs). Several years ago, a common opinion was that ACs would disappear as soon as DOACs enter the market...
March 2, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Carmen Suárez Fernández, Luis Castilla-Guerra, Jesus Cantero Hinojosa, Josep Maria Suriñach, Fernando Acosta de Bilbao, Juan José Tamarit, José Luis Diaz Diaz, Jose Luis Hernandez, Antonio Pose, Manuel Montero-Pérez-Barquero, Jaume Roquer, Jaime Gállego, José Vivancos, Jose María Mostaza
Background: Although, by itself, atrial fibrillation is associated with an impairment of quality of life antithrombotic therapy may play a role. Objective: To evaluate the satisfaction with anticoagulant treatment in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who attended internal medicine departments in Spain. Methods: Patients from two different cross-sectional studies were combined. To measure the satisfaction with anticoagulant treatment, the Anti-Clot-Treatment Scale (ACTS) questionnaire was completed by every patient...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
Ryota Kurogi, Kunihiro Nishimura, Michikazu Nakai, Akiko Kada, Satoru Kamitani, Jyoji Nakagawara, Kazunori Toyoda, Kuniaki Ogasawara, Junichi Ono, Yoshiaki Shiokawa, Toru Aruga, Shigeru Miyachi, Izumi Nagata, Shinya Matsuda, Shinichi Yoshimura, Kazuo Okuchi, Akifumi Suzuki, Fumiaki Nakamura, Daisuke Onozuka, Keisuke Ido, Ai Kurogi, Nobutaka Mukae, Ataru Nishimura, Koichi Arimura, Takanari Kitazono, Akihito Hagihara, Koji Iihara
OBJECTIVES: This cross-sectional survey explored the characteristics and outcomes of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC)-associated nontraumatic intracerebral hemorrhages (ICHs) by analyzing a large nationwide Japanese discharge database. METHODS: We analyzed data from 2,245 patients who experienced ICHs while taking anticoagulants (DOAC: 227; warfarin: 2,018) and were urgently hospitalized at 621 institutions in Japan between April 2010 and March 2015. We compared the DOAC- and warfarin-treated patients based on their backgrounds, ICH severities, antiplatelet therapies at admission, hematoma removal surgeries, reversal agents, mortality rates, and modified Rankin Scale scores at discharge...
February 28, 2018: Neurology
Jackie Pratt, Philip Crispin
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the dilute Russell viper venom time (DRVVT) for the detection of direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and to investigate the effect of DOACS on coagulation assays. METHODS: Patients on DOACs and controls had plasma levels determined by an anti-Xa assay and dilute thrombin clotting time. Levels were correlated with the DRVVT as well as thrombin clotting time (TCT), prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), fibrinogen, protein C, protein S and antithrombin levels...
February 27, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
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