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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909544/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-is-one-of-these-not-like-the-others
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REVIEW
Paul P Dobesh Pharm D, John Fanikos Mba R Ph
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and increases risk of stroke by nearly 5-fold. While warfarin has been employed successfully to reduce the risk of stroke in these patients, there are a number of challenges with therapy. These include the need for therapeutic monitoring due to variability in patient response, frequent dose adjustments, numerous drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-disease interactions, and a heightened risk of thrombosis and bleeding due to these issues. Current guidelines recommend that the vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) should be used for thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF at risk for stroke or systemic embolic events...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900231/efficacy-and-safety-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-compared-to-warfarin-in-prevention-of-thromboembolic-events-among-elderly-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#2
REVIEW
Shilpa D Kailas, Sirisha Reddy Thambuluru
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), previously also known as novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), have increased the therapeutic options for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). Previous studies comparing their relative efficacy and safety do not address age-related differences, such as comorbidities and physical and social boundaries. This review aimed to summarize and compare the clinical and safety outcomes of DOACs and warfarin for stroke prevention in AF in the elderly population (≥ 65 years)...
October 18, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896543/vitamin-k-antagonists-relative-strengths-and-weaknesses-vs-direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#3
REVIEW
Andreas Zirlik, Christoph Bode
Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) have been the mainstay of anticoagulation therapy for more than 50 years. VKAs are mainly used for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and the treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism. In the past 5 years, four new agents-the direct factor Xa inhibitors apixaban, edoxaban and rivaroxaban and the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran [collectively known as direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) or non-VKA oral anticoagulants]-have been approved for these and other indications...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870603/indirect-comparison-of-novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-women-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Alex Moseley, Rami Doukky, Kim Allan Williams, Amir K Jaffer, Annabelle Santos Volgman
BACKGROUND: For nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been found noninferior to warfarin for stroke/systemic embolization prevention, and major bleeding events. Recent meta-analysis of NOACs versus warfarin in atrial fibrillation (AF) showed that women on warfarin have greater risk of stroke/embolism than men, and when both are treated with NOACs, differences disappear. METHODS: NOACs differ in pharmacologic properties, thus they may differ from one another in their effects on women with AF...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816321/safety-and-efficacy-of-contemporary-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-a-history-of-cardioembolic-stroke-in-the-era-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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Kimitaka Nishizaki, Taihei Itoh, Masaomi Kimura, Yuichi Tsushima, Yoshihiro Shoji, Takahiko Kinjo, Yuji Ishida, Kenichi Sasaki, Daisuke Horiuchi, Shingo Sasaki, Hirofumi Tomita, Ken Okumura
BACKGROUND: The safety and efficacy of the contemporary atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation in patients with a recent or previous history of cardioembolic stroke (CS) or transient ischemic attack (TIA) remain to be established. METHODS: A total of 447 patients who underwent first-ever contact force (CF)-guided AF ablation with circumferential pulmonary vein isolation were included. Of these, 17 had CS or TIA within 6 months before ablation (Group 1), 30 more than 6 months before ablation (Group 2), and the other 400 without CS or TIA (Group 3)...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771008/cost-effectiveness-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-at-high-risk-of-bleeding-and-normal-kidney-function
#6
Inmaculada Hernandez, Kenneth J Smith, Yuting Zhang
INTRODUCTION: The comparative cost-effectiveness of all oral anticoagulants approved up to date has not been evaluated from the US perspective. The objective of this study was to compare the cost-effectiveness of edoxaban 60mg, apixaban 5mg, dabigatran 150mg, dabigatran 110mg, rivaroxaban 20mg and warfarin in stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation patients at high-risk of bleeding (defined as HAS-BLED score≥3). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We constructed a Markov state-transition model to evaluate lifetime costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) with each of the six treatments from the perspective of US third-party payers...
October 15, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766804/stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-which-is-the-best-balanced-in-efficacy-and-safety-as-a-thromboprophylactic
#7
Viraj Suvarna
Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) has reached an exciting phase with a plethora of newer, potentially more efficacious and safer agents being introduced for physicians to select from. Dabigatran belongs to a class of anticoagulants called direct thrombin inhibitors, while rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban are direct Factor Xa inhibitors. Purely from a therapeutic endpoint perspective-based on the action of anticoagulants in reducing cardioembolic stroke-in clinical trials, one should look at whether a new anticoagulant in patients with AF prevents ischemic stroke...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716968/special-considerations-for-therapeutic-choice-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-for-japanese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Ken Okumura, Masatsugu Hori, Norio Tanahashi, A John Camm
Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is a risk factor for stroke in elderly patients. Although warfarin has been used to prevent AF-associated stroke for more than 50 years, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) including dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban recently have been developed to overcome the disadvantages of warfarin. Based on the results of NOAC clinical trials, Savelieva and Camm made recommendations regarding selection of NOACs in patients with nonvalvular AF. Recent accumulating evidence indicates that NOACs work differently in Asian and non-Asian individuals...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706224/comparison-of-approaches-for-stroke-prophylaxis-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-network-meta-analyses-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#9
Navkaranbir S Bajaj, Rajat Kalra, Nirav Patel, Taimoor Hashim, Hemant Godara, Sameer Ather, Garima Arora, Tilak Pasala, Thomas T Whitfield, David C McGiffin, Mustafa I Ahmed, Steven G Lloyd, Nita A Limdi, Pankaj Arora
BACKGROUND: Multiple novel oral anticoagulants and left atrial appendage closure devices (WATCHMAN) have been tested against dose-adjusted vitamin K antagonists in randomized controlled trials for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation. No direct comparisons of these strategies are available from randomized controlled trials. We conducted the current analyses by combining efficacy and safety characteristics of all FDA approved stroke prophylaxis treatment strategies for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27685458/an-update-on-the-pharmaceutical-management-of-thrombosis
#10
Benilde Cosmi
Anticoagulants such as heparins and vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are effective for thrombosis prevention and treatment, but are associated with the risk of bleeding and other limitations, spurring the search for improved drugs. Areas covered: to evaluate the newer anticoagulants, focusing on those tested in phase III clinical trials such as direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), antisense oligonucleotides (ASO) and warfarin analogues. DOACs such as dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are licensed for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and treatment of venous thromboembolism, dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban for postoperative thromboprophylaxis in patients undergoing elective hip or knee arthroplasty and rivaroxaban for secondary prevention of acute coronary syndromes...
October 12, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683276/direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-the-elderly-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-evidence-current-and-future-directions
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Angelique H Sadlon, Dimitrios A Tsakiris
BACKGROUND: Concerns regarding the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs: apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, rivaroxaban) in the elderly persist owing to the lack of randomised controlled trials targeting this age group. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of DOACs in elderly patients (aged 75 years or more) with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism (VTE), based on already published large randomised trials. METHODS: EMBASE, MEDLINE and the Cochrane Library were searched from inception to June 2015 for phase III trials...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659071/nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulant-activity-challenges-in-measurement-and-reversal
#12
Karen S Brown, Hamim Zahir, Michael A Grosso, Hans J Lanz, Michele F Mercuri, Jerrold H Levy
BACKGROUND: Four nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are approved for the prevention of stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. These include the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran and the direct factor Xa inhibitors rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban. Bleeding is a complication for all anticoagulants and concerns regarding bleeding risk and the suitability of effective reversal strategies may be a barrier to their prescription...
September 23, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637120/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
#13
Cecilia Gutierrez, Daniel G Blanchard
Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, for diagnosis, and suspected atrial fibrillation should be confirmed with 12-lead electrocardiography. Because normal electrocardiographic findings do not rule out atrial fibrillation, home monitoring is recommended if there is clinical suspicion of arrhythmia despite normal test results...
September 15, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27626268/-antidotes-to-novel-direct-oral-anticoagulants
#14
N G Khorev, A P Momot, V O Kon'kova
During the last 10 years, several novel direct oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have entered the clinical arena and were registered in the Russian Federation for use in patients presenting with atrial fibrillation, venous thrombosis, and pulmonary artery thromboembolism. NOACs are classified into two groups: direct thrombin inhibitor (notably dabigatran) and factor Xa inhibitors (including rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban). Their disadvantage is lack of specific antidotes in case of an emergency situation (injury, infarction, stroke requiring thrombolysis, urgent operation)...
2016: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625113/measurement-and-reversal-of-the-direct-oral-anticoagulants
#15
Bethany T Samuelson, Adam Cuker
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) offer noninferior efficacy and improved safety compared to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism and for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Unlike VKAs, DOACs do not require routine laboratory monitoring of anticoagulant effect and dose adjustment. In certain situations, however, laboratory assessment of anticoagulant effect may be desirable. Here we review the utility of currently available assays for assessment of DOAC effect and recommend an optimal assessment strategy for each drug, including calibrated dilute thrombin time or ecarin-based assays for dabigatran and calibrated anti-Xa activity assays for the factor Xa inhibitors...
September 2, 2016: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27617088/individualising-anticoagulant-therapy-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
#16
Marco Alings
Non-vitamin K antagonist (VKA) oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have emerged as alternatives to VKAs for the prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Four NOACS: dabigatran, apixaban, rivaroxaban and edoxaban, have received regulatory approval in Europe from the European Medicines Agency. Numerous factors can influence the decision to prescribe a NOAC, the most important of which are assessment of stroke and bleeding risks. Given the variation in design of the pivotal phase III clinical trials investigating the efficacy and safety of NOACs, and in the absence of head-to-head comparative data, it is impossible to recommend one NOAC over the other...
August 2016: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614756/effects-of-novel-oral-anticoagulants-on-left-atrial-and-left-atrial-appendage-thrombi-an-appraisal
#17
Fabio Marsico, Milena Cecere, Antonio Parente, Stefania Paolillo, Fabiana de Martino, Santo Dellegrottaglie, Bruno Trimarco, Pasquale Perrone Filardi
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and predisposes to an increased risk of thromboembolic events. Patients affected by AF exhibit an increased risk of stroke compared with those in sinus rhythm, with the most common location of thrombi in the left atrial appendage. Until 2009, warfarin and other vitamin K antagonists were the only class of oral anticoagulants available. More recently, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban have been approved by regulatory authorities for prevention of stroke in patients with non-valvular AF...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595409/practical-considerations-for-the-nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
#18
Rahul Trikha, Peter R Kowey
OBJECTIVES: Dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban are nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) approved for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Phase-3 clinical trials demonstrated NOACs were as effective as warfarin in the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism and associated with decreased incidences of intracranial bleeding. Additionally, NOACs provide quicker onset of action, simpler dosing, more predictable pharmacokinetic profiles, and decreased food and drug interactions compared with warfarin...
September 6, 2016: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27576696/-consensus-statement-management-of-oral-anticoagulation-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Thomas Maria Helms, Sigmund Silber, Andreas Schäfer, Florian Masuhr, Frederick Palm, Harald Darius, Karsten Schrör, Dietmar Bänsch, Peter Bramlage, Johannes Hankowitz, Christoph A Karle, Tom Stargardt, Joachim Weil, Johann Christoph Geller
With the introduction of edoxaban last year in Germany, four nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants are now available for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. These novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC) represent an attractive new option compared to vitamin K antagonists (e.g., warfarin or phenprocoumon) due to simple use and fewer interactions with other drugs or food. Therefore, no INR monitoring and dosage adjustments are required for NOAC. The compelling clinical advantage of NOAC is the dramatic risk reduction of hemorhagic stroke and intracranial bleeding compared to current standard...
September 2016: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27571335/-anmco-aiac-sici-gise-sic-sicch-consensus-document-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-indications-patient-selection-competences-organization-and-operator-training
#20
Gavino Casu, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Giulio Molon, Patrizio Mazzone, Andrea Audo, Giancarlo Casolo, Emilio Di Lorenzo, Michele Portoghese, Christian Pristipino, Renato Pietro Ricci, Sakis Themistoclakis, Luigi Padeletti, Claudio Tondo, Sergio Berti, Jacopo Andrea Oreglia, Gino Gerosa, Marco Zanobini, Gian Paolo Ussia, Giuseppe Musumeci, Francesco Romeo, Roberto Di Bartolomeo
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and its prevalence is increasing due to the progressive aging of the population. About 20% of strokes are attributable to AF and AF patients are at 5-fold increased risk of stroke. The mainstay of treatment of AF is the prevention of thromboembolic complications with oral anticoagulation therapy. Drug treatment for many years has been based on the use of vitamin K antagonists, but recently newer and safer molecules have been introduced (dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban)...
July 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
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