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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612910/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-procedures-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Magdalena Szymała, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Tomasz Podolecki, Grzegorz Mencel, Tomasz Kukulski, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common supraventricular tachyarrhythmia. The percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be considered for the stroke prophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF), especially in contraindications for oral anticoagulants (OAC) or high risk of bleeding. The data about implantation, safety, efficacy and follow-up are limited. Moreover, there are no studies on patients with NVAF and heart failure with severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction - LVEF ≤ 35%)...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595859/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-major-gastrointestinal-bleeding-from-the-amplatzer-cardiac-plug-multicenter-registry
#2
Mathieu Lempereur, Adel Aminian, Xavier Freixa, Sameer Gafoor, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Reda Ibrahim, Horst Sievert, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Steffen Gloekler, Apostolos Tzikas
History of major gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding may represent a frequent clinical indication for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). This study aims to investigate the procedural safety and long-term outcome of patients with previous major GI bleeding (MGIB) who underwent LAAO. Data from the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug multicenter registry on 1,047 patients were analyzed. Patients with previous MGIB as indication for LAAO were compared with patients without previous MGIB...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595459/percutaneous-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
#3
Obayda Azizy, Christos Rammos, Nils Lehmann, Tienush Rassaf, Hagen Kälsch
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage closure is a preventive treatment of atrial fibrillation-related thrombo-embolism. Patients with diabetes mellitus have increased risk for a negative outcome in percutaneous cardiac interventions. We assessed whether percutaneous left atrial appendage closure is safe and effective in patients with diabetes mellitus. METHODS: We included 78 patients (mean age of 74.4 ± 8.3 years) with indication for left atrial appendage closure in an open-label observational single-centre study...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591388/incidence-and-functional-outcome-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-non-atrial-fibrillation-related-cardioembolic-stroke-in-joinville-brazil-a-population-based-study
#4
Claudio Henrique do Amaral, Augusto R Amaral, Vivian Nagel, Vanessa Venancio, Adriana Coronetti Garcia, Pedro Sc Magalhaes, Alexandre L Longo, Carla Hc Moro, Felipe I Reis, Andre D'Avila, Norberto L Cabral
Among ischemic strokes, cardioembolic (CE) stroke has the worst outcome. We measured the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and non-AF related CE strokes, previous anticoagulant use, and the 90-day functional outcome. Using multiple overlapping sources, we included all CE strokes that occurred in 2015 in Joinville, Brazil. Of the 374 ischemic strokes, 23% (84) were CE. The CE age-adjusted incidence, per 1,000 person-years, was 0.14 (0.11-0.17). Of the 26 patients with known prior AF, 73% (19) were not anticoagulated, 77% (20) had a CHA2DS2VASc score ≥ 3 and 81% (21) had a HAS-BLED score < 3...
May 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565887/safety-and-efficacy-of-catheter-based-left-atrial-appendage-closure-in-patients-with-contraindications-for-long-term-anticoagulation
#5
Adrian Seidel, Abdul S Parwani, Florian Krackhardt, Martin Huemer, Philipp Attanasio, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Burkert Pieske, Leif-Hendrik Boldt
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) and the role of post interventional anticoagulation often evokes controversy in daily practice. This study aimed to evaluate LAAC in patients with non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation, high thromboembolic risk and contraindications for long-term anticoagulation in a clinical scenario. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2010-2015, LAAC was attempted in 118 patients (47 women). Devices were successfully implanted in 95% (Watchman™ device n=97, St...
May 31, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562832/thromboembolism-and-bleeding-risk-scores-and-predictors-of-cardiac-death-in-a-population-with-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Rose Mary Ferreira Lisboa da Silva, Pollyana Ardavicius E Silva, Marcos Correia Lima, Lívia Tanure Sant'Anna, Túlio Corrêa Silva, Pedro Henrique Vilela Moreira, Robert Moreira Gandra, Túlio Ramos Cavalcanti, Plínio Henrique Vaz Mourão
Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia, with risk of systemic embolism and death. It presents rheumatic etiology in up to 32% of developing countries, whose anticoagulation and evolution data are scarce. Objectives: to determine the predictors of cardiac death considering the clinical profile, thromboembolism and bleeding scores of patients with AF of a single center, with high prevalence of rheumatic heart disease. Methods: 302 patients with AF were studied, mean age 58...
May 25, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560486/new-scoring-model-darsym-score-to-predict-post-discharge-bleeding-after-successful-second-generation-drug-eluting-stent-implantation
#7
Yohsuke Honda, Masahiro Yamawaki, Keisuke Hirano, Motoharu Araki, Norihiro Kobayashi, Yasunari Sakamoto, Shinsuke Mori, Masakazu Tsutumi, Takuro Takama, Takahiro Tokuda, Kenji Makino, Shigemitsu Shirai, Yoshiaki Ito
We aimed to create a scoring model to predict post-discharge bleeding (PDB) after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in Japanese subjects. We enrolled 1912 consecutive patients undergoing DES implantation (age 70 ± 10 years; 72% male). PDB was defined as a composite of type 5, 3, and 2 bleeding using the Bleeding Academic Research Consortium criteria. A Cox proportional hazard model assessed predictors, and we then derived a clinical model stratifying risk of PDB after DES implantation. Ninety-eight patients (6...
May 30, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544091/a-new-predictive-model-for-acute-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-patients-taking-oral-anticoagulants-a-cohort-study
#8
Akira Shimomura, Naoyoshi Nagata, Takuro Shimbo, Toshiyuki Sakurai, Shiori Moriyasu, Hidetaka Okubo, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Chizu Yokoi, Junichi Akiyama, Naomi Uemura
BACKGROUND: We developed a predictive model of long-term gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding risk in patients receiving oral anticoagulants and compared it with the HAS-BLED score. METHODS: We periodically followed a cohort of 508 patients taking oral anticoagulants (66 direct oral anticoagulants users and 442 warfarin users). Absence of GI bleeding at an initial examination, and any subsequent GI bleeding, were confirmed endoscopically. The bleeding model was developed by multivariate survival analysis and evaluated by Harrell's c-index...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532651/suboptimal-anticoagulant-management-in-japanese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-receiving-warfarin-for-stroke-prevention
#9
Teruyuki Hirano, Hirokazu Kaneko, Sari Mishina, Feng Wang, Satoshi Morita
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, with increasing prevalence in Japan. Although prothrombin time-international normalized ratio (PT-INR) targets for monitoring warfarin therapy in patients with nonvalvular AF (NVAF) are well defined, real-world patient characteristics and PT-INR levels remain unknown among Japanese patients with NVAF who initiate and continue warfarin (warfarin maintainers) versus those who switch from warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs; warfarin switchers)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514878/anticoagulant-cessation-following-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-limits-of-the-ecg-guided-approach
#10
Matteo Anselmino, Chiara Rovera, Giovanni Marchetto, Federico Ferraris, Davide Castagno, Fiorenzo Gaita
Long-term cessation of oral anticoagulation (OAC) following successful catheter or surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is debated. Usually, in the presence of sinus rhythm at serial ECG recordings, the CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc, and HAS-BLED scores are adopted to guide decision regarding OAC management. Areas covered: The safety of OAC cessation in patients without recurrent AF but with historically elevated risk for thromboembolism remains largely unknown. Taking the cue from two clinical cases, we provide an updated summary of the latest evidence regarding how to manage OAC after a successful atrial fibrillation ablation...
June 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495117/first-experience-with-the-watchman-flx-occluder-for-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Julia Seeger, Ralf Birkemeyer, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Jochen Wöhrle
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate efficacy and safety of left atrial appendage (LAA) closure with the new Watchman FLX and analyze procedural features in a consecutive series of high risk non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twelve consecutive non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients (age 76.6±7.8years) at high risk for stroke (CHA2DS2-VASc-Score 5.5±0.9) and bleeding (HAS-BLED-Score 3.8±0.9), received LAA closure with the Watchman FLX...
April 29, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480507/initiation-of-anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation-which-factors-are-associated-with-choice-of-anticoagulant
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A Gundlund, L Staerk, E L Fosbøl, K Gadsbøll, C Sindet-Pedersen, A N Bonde, G H Gislason, J B Olesen
BACKGROUND: The use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation (AF) is increasing rapidly. We compared characteristics of AF patients initiated on NOACs versus vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). METHODS: Using Danish nationwide registry data, we identified AF patients initiating either a VKA or a NOAC from 22 August 2011 until 30 September 2016. We compared patient characteristics including age, gender, comorbidities, concomitant pharmacotherapy and CHA2 DS2 -VASc and HAS-BLED scores in patients initiated on a VKA, dabigatran, rivaroxaban or apixaban...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477098/predictors-of-thrombus-formation-after-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-using-the-watchman-device
#13
Hidehiro Kaneko, Michael Neuss, Jens Weissenborn, Christian Butter
Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure using the WATCHMAN device is a novel option for prevention of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation. However, device-related thrombus (DRT) formation is a concern after WATCHMAN implantation and the predictors of DRT still remain unclear. We aimed to clarify the predictors of DRT after WATCHMAN implantation by analyzing 78 patients (50 males, 72 ± 8 years, average CHA2DS2-VASc score of 4.3 + 1.8) who had undergone WATCHMAN implantation. WATCHMAN was successfully implanted in all patients and four (5%) developed DRT...
May 5, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472104/prediction-of-bleeding-risk-in-patients-taking-vitamin-k-antagonists-using-thrombin-generation-testing
#14
Saartje Bloemen, Suzanne Zwaveling, Hugo Ten Cate, Arina Ten Cate-Hoek, Bas de Laat
Until recently, vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) were the mainstay of oral anticoagulant treatment with bleeding as the most prevalent adverse effect. One to four percent of patients experience major bleeding episodes, while clinically relevant bleeding occurs in up to 20%. At this moment no laboratory assays are available to identify patients at risk for bleeding. With this study we aimed to investigate whether thrombin generation tests might identify a bleeding risk in patients taking VKAs. This prospective cohort study included 129 patients taking VKAs for more than three months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464181/utility-of-hemoccult-testing-before-therapeutic-anticoagulation-in-venous-thromboembolism
#15
Ryan Urbas, Marwan Badri, Nicole E Albert, Catherine Prince, Barani Mayilvaganan
OBJECTIVES: Fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) is performed routinely before starting therapeutic anticoagulation in patients despite it never being validated to predict gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) risk. Our objective was to determine the utility in checking the guaiac FOBT test (gFOBT) before initiating therapeutic anticoagulation in patients with a new diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE). METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review that examined patients with a diagnosis of VTE admitted during a 2-year period in one mid-sized tertiary care center...
May 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456792/implications-of-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-stroke-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-an-analysis-of-938-korean-patients
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Jaechun Hwang, Jong-Won Chung, Mi Ji Lee, Gyeong-Moon Kim, Chin-Sang Chung, Kwang Ho Lee, Oh Young Bang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate the stroke mechanisms and associated conditions influencing the decision regarding stroke thromboprophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) plus ischemic stroke, according to the CHA2DS2-VASc score. METHODS: We evaluated 938 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of AF plus transient ischemic attack/ischemic stroke. Based on the CHA2DS2-VASc scores, patients were stratified as score 0 or 1 (n = 151), score 2 (n = 146), score 3 (n = 213), score 4 (n = 185), or score ≥5 (n = 243)...
2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418196/clinical-frailty-is-independently-associated-with-non-prescription-of-anticoagulants-in-older-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Isuru Induruwa, Nicholas R Evans, Ayesha Aziz, Snigdha Reddy, Kayvan Khadjooi, Roman Romero-Ortuno
AIM: Anticoagulants are underused in older patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Scoring systems, such as CHA2 DS2 -VASc and HAS-BLED, are recommended to guide clinicians in anticoagulation decisions, but patients' frailty might be an underrecognized factor. We investigated the association between the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) and community anticoagulant prescribing habits in patients aged ≥75 years with AF admitted acutely to hospital. METHODS: Data were gathered retrospectively over 3 months on individuals admitted under a medical team to a tertiary teaching hospital in the UK...
April 18, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416976/rationale-and-design-of-assaf-k-a-study-of-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-anticoagulant-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-kanagawa
#18
Yutaka Hatori, Hiroyuki Sakai, Tomoyuki Kunishima, Nobuo Hatori, Lin Chen, Tomoaki Ishigami, Naoki Satoh
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmias associated with substantially increased risks of ischemic stroke and thromboembolism. Oral anticoagulants (OACs) are the cornerstone of AF management and effectively prevent AF-related stroke. As new non-vitamin K antagonist OACs (NOACs) have become available, the landscape of stroke prevention in AF has changed. However, there are considerable gaps between daily clinical practice and current guideline-based recommendations for anticoagulant therapy in Japan...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407216/real-world-stroke-prevention-strategies-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-renal-impairment
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Kadir U Mert, Gurbet Ö Mert, Özcan Başaran, Osman Beton, Volkan Dogan, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Ç Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu, Ismail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalçık, Mehmet Yaman, Cevat Kırma, Murat Biteker
BACKGROUND: The data regarding stroke prevention strategies in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) are limited especially in patients with renal impairment (RI). We sought to evaluate management dilemmas in patients with concurrent NVAF and RI in RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies inTurkey) study. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, multicenter, nation-wide registry in NVAF patients in outpatient cardiology clinics. All consecutive patients with NVAF were enrolled in RAMSES study (ClinicalTrials...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394435/real-world-clinical-characteristics-and-treatment-patterns-of-individuals-aged-80-and-older-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-real-life-multicenter-survey-evaluating-stroke-study
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Murat Biteker, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Doğan, İbrahim Altun, 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
OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical characteristics of and use of oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy in individuals aged 80 and older with atrial fibrillation (AF) with those of individuals younger than 80 with AF in clinical practice. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: The ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke prevention strategies in Turkey trial (NCT02344901), a national observational registry. PARTICIPANTS: Turkish adults with nonvalvular AF (NVAF)...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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