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Emmanuel Teiger, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Pascal Defaye, Jean-Sylvain Hermida, Sélim Abbey, Didier Klug, Jean-Michel Juliard, Jean-Luc Pasquie, Gilles Rioufol, Antoine Lepillier, Meyer Elbaz, Jerome Horvilleur, Philippe Brenot, Bertrand Pierre, Philippe Le Corvoisier
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is an emerging option for patients with atrial fibrillation at high risk for cerebrovascular events. The multicenter FLAAC registry (French Nationwide Observational LAA Closure Registry) was established to assess LAA closure outcomes in everyday practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four hundred thirty-six patients referred from April 2013 to September 2015 to 33 French interventional cardiology centers for percutaneous LAA closure were included prospectively in the FLAAC registry...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Arnaud Bisson, Alexandre Bodin, Nicolas Clementy, Anne Bernard, Dominique Babuty, Gregory Y H Lip, Laurent Fauchier
AIMS: We compared thromboembolic (TE) and bleeding risks in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) according to the new 'Evaluated Heartvalves, Rheumatic or Artificial' (EHRA) valve classification. METHODS: Patients were divided into 3 categories: (i) EHRA type 1 corresponds to the previous 'valvular' AF patients, with either rheumatic mitral valve stenosis or mechanical prosthetic heart valves; (ii) EHRA type 2 includes AF patients with other valvular heart disease (VHD) and valve bioprosthesis or repair; and (iii) 'non-VHD controls' i...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Hein Heidbuchel, Nikolaos Dagres, Matthias Antz, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Patrice Lazure, Suzanne Murray, Céline Carrera, Gerhard Hindricks, Alec Vahanian
Aims: Guideline-adherent treatment is associated with improved prognosis in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients but is insufficiently implemented in clinical practice. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) performed a multinational educational needs assessment study among cardiologists, general practitioners/family physicians (GPs/FPs), and neurologists in order to evaluate knowledge and skills of physicians and system factors related to AF care delivery. Methods and results: A total of 561 physicians (294 cardiologists, 131 neurologists, and 136 GPs/FPs) from six European countries participated...
March 12, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Samuli Jaakkola, Tuomas O Kiviniemi, Ilpo Nuotio, Juha Hartikainen, Pirjo Mustonen, Antti Palomäki, Jussi Jaakkola, Antti Ylitalo, Päivi Hartikainen, K E Juhani Airaksinen
CHA2 DS2 -VASc and HAS-BLED scores stratify the risk of thromboembolic and bleeding events respectively in patients with atrial fibrillation. There is only little information on how they differentiate which of the 2 clinically most important complications (ischemic stroke [IS] or an intracranial bleeding [IB]) the patient is more prone to suffer. We evaluated both scores in patients with either of these major complications. The FibStroke Study collected data on all patients with atrial fibrillation with either an IS or an IB event between 2003 and 2012 in 4 Finnish hospital districts...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Joshua D Brown, Amie J Goodin, Gregory Y H Lip, Val R Adams
BACKGROUND: The Hypertension, Abnormal renal/liver function, Stroke, Bleeding, Labile International Normalized Ratio (INR), Elderly, Drugs or alcohol use (HAS-BLED) score has strong predictive validity for major bleeding complications, but limited validation has been conducted in venous thromboembolism (VTE). This study evaluates the HAS-BLED score in a large cohort of VTE patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective cohort of adults ≥18 years with primary diagnosis of VTE between January 1, 2010 and November 31, 2013 were identified in an insurance claims database...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Bülent Özin, Kudret Aytemir, Özgür Aslan, Türkay Özcan, Mehmet Kanadaşı, Mesut Demir, Mustafa Gökçe, Mehmet Murat Sucu, Murat Özdemir, Zerrin Yiğit, Mustafa Ferzeyn Yavuzkır, Ali Oto
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to define clinical practice patterns for assessing stroke and bleeding risks and thromboprophylaxis in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and to evaluate treatment outcomes and patient quality of life. METHODS: A clinical surveillance study was conducted in 10 tertiary healthcare centers across Turkey. Therapeutic approaches and persistence with initial treatment were recorded at baseline, the 6th month, and the 12th month in NVAF patients...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Tze-Fan Chao, Gregory Y H Lip, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Jo-Nan Liao, Fa-Po Chung, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Ann Chen
AIM:  When assessing bleeding risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), risk stratification is often based on the baseline risks. We aimed to investigate changes in bleeding risk factors and alterations in the HAS-BLED score in AF patients. We hypothesized that a follow-up HAS-BLED score and the 'delta HAS-BLED score' (reflecting the change in score between baseline and follow-up) would be more predictive of major bleeding, when compared with baseline HAS-BLED score. METHODS AND RESULTS:  A total of 19,566 AF patients receiving warfarin and baseline HAS-BLED score ≤2 were studied...
March 6, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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
Y Xing, B Xu, X Sheng, C Xu, F Peng, Y Sun, S Wang, H Guo
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Uninterrupted warfarin during cryoballoon ablation (CB-A) of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been widely accepted. However, to our knowledge, no previous studies exist investigating the optimal intensity of anticoagulation with warfarin for CB-A. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of uninterrupted low-intensity warfarin for CB-A of AF in the elderly. METHODS: Paroxysmal AF patients (age ≥ 70 years) who underwent CB-A were enrolled prospectively...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Jose María Mostaza, Carmen Suárez Fernández, Luis Castilla Guerra, Josep Maria Suriñach, Juan José Tamarit, José Luis Diaz Diaz, Iluminada García Polo, Esther Francia Santamaria, María Angeles Fidalgo Fernández, Carla de la Guerra Acebal, Meliton Francisco Dávila Ramos, Carles Ràfols
AIM: To analyze the use of oral anticoagulants in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation in clinical practice. PATIENTS & METHODS: Cross-sectional and multicenter study performed in atrial fibrillation patients ≥75 years treated with oral anticoagulants ≥3 months. RESULTS: 837 patients (83.0 ± 5.0 years; CHA2 DS2 -VASc 5.0 ± 1.4; HAS-BLED 2.1 ± 0.9; 70.8% vitamin K antagonists; 29.2% direct oral anticoagulants [DOACs]) were included...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Radoslaw Pracon, Sripal Bangalore, Zofia Dzielinska, Marek Konka, Cezary Kepka, Mariusz Kruk, Edyta Kaczmarska-Dyrda, Joanna Petryka-Mazurkiewicz, Sebastian Bujak, Mateusz Solecki, Agnieszka Pskit, Agnieszka Dabrowska, Bartosz Sieradzki, Andrzej Plonski, Witold Ruzyllo, Adam Witkowski, Marcin Demkow
BACKGROUND: Device-related thrombus (DRT) after left atrial appendage occlusion is a worrisome finding with little knowledge about when to expect it and how to prevent it. This study sought to investigate correlates of DRT after left atrial appendage occlusion, its time of diagnosis, and particularly, association with postimplantation dual antiplatelet therapy duration. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients (n=102) after left atrial appendage occlusion with AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug/Amulet (n=59) or WATCHMAN (n=43) were included in a prospective registry (October 2011-May 2016)...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
M de la Figuera, S Cinza, I Egocheaga, N Marín, M A Prieto
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical characteristics and management of hypertensive patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) according to blood pressure (BP) control. METHODS: For this purpose, data from two observational, cross-sectional and multicenter studies were combined. In both studies, patients on chronic treatment with anticoagulants and that were on current treatment with DOACs at least for 3 months were included...
February 14, 2018: Hipertensión y Riesgo Vascular
José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Vanessa Roldán, María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, Mariano Valdés, Vicente Vicente, Francisco Marín, Gregory Y H Lip
The TIMI-AF score was described to predict net clinical outcomes (NCOs) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients receiving warfarin. However, this score derived from the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 trial, and no external validation exists in real world clinical practice. We tested the long-term predictive performance of the TIMI-AF score in comparison with CHA2 DS2 -VASc and HAS-BLED in a 'real-world' cohort of anticoagulated AF patients. METHODS: We included 1156 consecutive AF patients stable on vitamin K antagonist (INR 2...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
Inmaculada Roldán Rabadán, María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, Manuel Anguita Sánchez, Javier Muñiz, José Camacho Siles, María Angustias Quesada, Martín Ruiz Ortiz, Francisco Marín, Manuel Martínez Sellés, Vicente Bertomeu, Gregory Y H Lip, Angel Cequier Fillat, Lina Badimón
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation control in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has a multidisciplinary approach although is usually managed by general practitioners (GP) or hematologists. The aim of our study was to assess the quality of anticoagulation control with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in relation to the responsible specialist in a "real-world" AF population. METHODS: We consecutively enrolled VKA anticoagulated patients included in the FANTASIIA Registry from 2013 to 2015...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Christian Fastner, Michael Behnes, Benjamin Sartorius, Annika Wenke, Siegfried Lang, Gökhan Yücel, Katherine Sattler, Jonas Rusnak, Ahmad Saleh, Christian Barth, Kambis Mashayekhi, Ursula Hoffmann, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) represents the interventional alternative to oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). The metabolism of acylcarnitines was shown to affect cardiovascular diseases. This study evaluates the influence of successful LAAC on the metabolism of acylcarnitines. METHODS: Patients undergoing successful LAAC were enrolled prospectively. Peripheral blood samples for metabolomics measurements were collected immediately before (i...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Tze-Fan Chao, Gregory Y H Lip, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Jo-Nan Liao, Fa-Po Chung, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: While modifiable bleeding risks should be addressed in all patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), use of a bleeding risk score enables clinicians to 'flag up' those at risk of bleeding for more regular patient contact reviews. We compared a risk assessment strategy for major bleeding and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) based on modifiable bleeding risk factors (referred to as a 'MBR factors' score) against established bleeding risk stratification scores (HEMORR 2 HAGES, HAS-BLED, ATRIA, ORBIT)...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Nicholas Farinola, Gillian E Caughey, J Simon Bell, Sally Johns, Milka Hauta-Aho, Sepehr Shakib
Background: Little is known about changes in prescribing practices in Australia since the introduction of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Our objective was to examine if the availability of DOACs has coincided with a change in prescribing of oral anticoagulants in older hospital inpatients with regard to risk factors for stroke and bleeding. Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted between October 2012 and August 2015 of inpatients aged over 60 years initiated on an oral anticoagulant in a large metropolitan, tertiary referral, public teaching hospital in Australia...
February 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Juan Zhang, Xingpeng Liu, Xiaoqing Liu, Xiandong Yin, Yanjiang Wang, Xiaoying Lu, Xinchun Yang
We assessed the thromboembolic risks of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who had undergone radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using the CHADS2-VASc risk scoring system and further investigated the patterns of warfarin use for thromboprophylaxis according to patient thromboembolic risk scores.In this study, we analyzed the stroke risks of patients who had undergone RFA for AF at our hospital between March 2014 and June 2016 using the CHADS2, CHADS2-VASc, and Hypertension, Abnormal renal/liver function, Stroke, Bleeding history or predisposition, Labile international normalized ratio, Elderly (> 65 years) (HAS-BLED) scoring systems...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gianluigi Savarese, Ulrik Sartipy, Leif Friberg, Ulf Dahlström, Lars H Lund
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common in patients with heart failure (HF), and oral anticoagulants (OAC) are indicated. The aim was to assess prevalence of, predictors of and consequences of OAC non-use. METHODS: We included patients with AF, HF and no previous valve replacement from the Swedish Heart Failure Registry. High and low CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED scores were defined as above/below median. Multivariable logistic regressions were used to assess the associations between baseline characteristics and OAC use and between CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED scores and OAC use...
January 25, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Craig I Coleman, Tatsiana Vaitsiakhovich, Elaine Nguyen, Erin R Weeda, Nitesh A Sood, Thomas J Bunz, Bernhard Schaefer, Anna-Katharina Meinecke, Daniel Eriksson
BACKGROUND: Schemas to identify bleeding-related hospitalizations in claims data differ in billing codes used and coding positions allowed. We assessed agreement across bleeding-related hospitalization coding schemas for claims analyses of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients on oral anticoagulation (OAC). HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesized that prior coding schemas used to identify bleeding-related hospitalizations in claim database studies would provide varying levels of agreement in incidence rates...
January 23, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
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