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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331926/cessation-of-oral-anticoagulation-is-an-important-risk-factor-for-stroke-and-mortality-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Vanessa Roldán, María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, Mariano Valdés, Vicente Vicente, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is highly effective preventing stroke and mortality in AF, but withdrawal is common in the elderly, when high bleeding risk and when are difficulties achieving an optimal time in therapeutic range (TTR). We analysed the rate of OAC cessation, predisposing factors to cessation and the relation to clinical outcomes in a large 'real world' cohort of AF patients over a long follow-up period. Consecutive non-valvular AF outpatients clinically stables for six months were recruited. Rates of cardiovascular events, major bleeding and mortality were recorded and related to OAC cessation...
March 23, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330631/clinical-features-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-prior-stroke-comparing-the-fushimi-and-darlington-af-registries
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Hisashi Ogawa, Keitaro Senoo, Yoshimori An, Alena Shantsila, Eduard Shantsila, Deirdre A Lane, Andreas Wolff, Masaharu Akao, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: Ethnic differences in clinical characteristics, stroke risk profiles and outcomes among atrial fibrillation (AF) patients may exist. We therefore compared AF patients with previous stroke from Japan and the United Kingdom (UK). METHODS: We compared clinical characteristics, stroke risk and outcomes among AF patients from the Fushimi AF registry who had experienced a previous stroke (Japan; n=688; 19.7%) and the Darlington AF registry (UK; n=428; 19.0%)...
March 16, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330394/changes-in-cardiovascular-risk-factors-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
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Tetsuya Ohira, Hironori Nakano, Masato Nagai, Yui Yumiya, Wen Zhang, Mayu Uemura, Akira Sakai, Shigeatsu Hashimoto
The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011, and was followed by a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The government ordered a mandatory evacuation from the high radioactive concentration area in Fukushima. This evacuation may have forced many evacuees to change specific aspects of their lifestyles such as diet and physical activity, which in turn may lead to future incidence of lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). To address this concern, the association between the evacuation and changes in CVD risk factors before and after the disaster was examined in the Fukushima Health Management Survey...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329395/long-term-symptom-improvement-and-patient-satisfaction-following-catheter-ablation-of-supraventricular-tachycardia-insights-from-the-german-ablation-registry
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Johannes Brachmann, Thorsten Lewalter, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Dietrich Andresen, Stephan Willems, Stefan G Spitzer, Florian Straube, Burghard Schumacher, Lars Eckardt, Dejan Danilovic, Dierk Thomas, Matthias Hochadel, Jochen Senges
Aims: To analyse outcomes of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) ablations performed within a prospective German Ablation Quality Registry. Methods and results: Data from 12 566 patients who underwent catheter ablation of SVT between January 2007 and January 2010 to treat atrial fibrillation (AFIB, 37.2% of procedures), atrial flutter (AFL, 29.9%), atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia (AVNRT, 23.2%), atrioventricular re-entrant tachycardia (6.3%), and focal atrial tachycardia (AT, 3...
March 17, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329380/subclinical-thyroid-dysfunction-and-cardiovascular-diseases-2016-update
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Carmen Floriani, Baris Gencer, Tinh-Hai Collet, Nicolas Rodondi
Subclinical thyroid dysfunction comprises subclinical hypothyroidism (SHypo), defined as elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) by normal free thyroxine (FT4), and subclinical hyperthyroidism (SHyper) with decreased or undetectable TSH and normal FT4. Up to 10% of the elderly have SHypo, which is usually asymptomatic. Individual participant data (IPD) analyses of prospective cohort studies from the international Thyroid Studies Collaboration show that SHypo is associated with increased coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality [hazard ratio (HR) 1,58 for TSH ≥ 10 mIU/L, 95% CI 1...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329215/triple-antithrombotic-therapy-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-viewpoint
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Jennifer C V Gwyn, Mark R Thomas, Paulus Kirchhof
Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) are treated with dual antiplatelet therapy to reduce the risk of subsequent myocardial infarction (MI) and stent thrombosis. Approximately 5-10% of patients undergoing PCI also have atrial fibrillation (AF). Patients with AF have an additional requirement for anticoagulation, as dual antiplatelet therapy alone is insufficient to adequately reduce the risk of stroke in patients with AF. However, it is now well established that combining anticoagulants with dual antiplatelet therapy also causes a significant increase in the risk of bleeding...
March 13, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329139/duration-of-device-detected-subclinical-atrial-fibrillation-and-occurrence-of-stroke-in-assert
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Isabelle C Van Gelder, Jeff S Healey, Harry J G M Crijns, Jia Wang, Stefan H Hohnloser, Michael R Gold, Alessandro Capucci, Chu-Pak Lau, Carlos A Morillo, Anne H Hobbelt, Michiel Rienstra, Stuart J Connolly
Background: ASSERT demonstrated that subclinical atrial fibrillation (SCAF) is common in pacemaker patients without prior AF and is associated with increased risk of ischemic stroke or systemic embolism. SCAF episodes vary in duration and little is known about the incidence of different durations of SCAF, or their prognosis. Methods and results: ASSERT followed 2580 patients receiving a pacemaker or ICD, aged >65 years with hypertension, without prior AF. The effect of SCAF duration on subsequent risk of ischemic stroke or embolism was evaluated with time-dependent covariate Cox models...
March 1, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329137/association-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-results-from-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Timothy M Markman, Mohammadali Habibi, Bharath Ambale Venketash, Mytra Zareian, Colin Wu, Susan R Heckbert, David A Bluemke, Joao A C Lima
Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Morphological changes in the left atrium (LA) may appear before symptoms. We aimed to investigate the association between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) measured LA structure and function and incident CVD in asymptomatic individuals with DM. Methods and results: Tissue tracking CMR was used to measure LA size and phasic function (emptying fractions and strain) on all 536 Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) participants with DM and available CMR at baseline in 2000-2002...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329110/mid-term-outcomes-of-concomitant-surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-for-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy%C3%A2
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Elisabetta Lapenna, Alberto Pozzoli, Michele De Bonis, Giovanni La Canna, Teodora Nisi, Simona Nascimbene, Luca Vicentini, Stefania Di Sanzo, Benedetto Del Forno, Davide Schiavi, Ottavio Alfieri
OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and it is often poorly tolerated because of loss of atrial contraction and reduced filling time with rapid ventricular rates. Restoring sinus rhythm is of great clinical benefit to HCM patients. Very few data exist regarding surgical ablation of concomitant AF in this setting. The aim of this study was to evaluate the mid-term outcome of surgical AF ablation in patients who underwent cardiac surgery due to HCM...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328569/mid-term-follow-up-of-minimally-invasive-multivessel-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-is-the-early-learning-phase-detrimental
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Maria Lorena Rodriguez, Harry R Lapierre, Benjamin Sohmer, David Glineur, Marc Ruel
OBJECTIVE: Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG) through a small left thoracotomy is a novel technique for surgical coronary revascularization, which is increasingly being adopted around the world. This study aimed to describe the characteristics and mid-term outcomes of a series of MICS CABG to identify areas for improvement. METHODS: A prospective longitudinal study was performed on the 306 MICS CABG patients operated on by a single surgeon from 2005 to 2015...
March 22, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326843/characteristics-of-the-new-atricure-cryoform%C3%A2-cryoablation-probe-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-cardiac-arrhythmias
#11
Thomas Schroeter, Martin Misfeld
Atrial fibrillation has a significant impact on patient mortality and morbidity. In particular, stroke is a frequent complication associated with atrial fibrillation. In recent years, various treatment options have been developed that are based on the elimination of atypical electrically active atrial areas. Areas covered:This manuscript presents a new cryoablation probe from AtriCure Inc. In addition to describing the characteristics of the probe, we also discuss atrial fibrillation and its surgical therapy options as well as the basics of cryosurgery...
March 22, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326589/risk-of-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-using-vitamin-k-antagonists-aspirin-or-direct-acting-oral-anticoagulants
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Leo M Stolk, Frank de Vries, Chiel Ebbelaar, Anthonius de Boer, Tom Schalekamp, Patrick Souverein, Arina Ten Cate-Hoek, Andrea M Burden
AIM: Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have become available for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Conflicting results have been published on the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with the use of DOACs in comparison with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). The objective of the present study was to evaluate the risk of AMI in patients with AF who are exposed to either VKAs, DOACs or low-dose (< 325 mg) aspirin. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study using data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (2008-2014)...
March 22, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325569/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-patients-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
#13
Federico Conrotto, Stefano Salizzoni, Alessandro Andreis, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Augusto D'Onofrio, Marco Agrifoglio, Alaide Chieffo, Antonio Colombo, Filippo Rapetto, Francesco Santini, Giuseppe Tarantini, Davide Gabbieri, Carlo Savini, Sebastiano Immè, Flavio Ribichini, Orazio Valsecchi, Marco Aiello, Giovanni Lixi, Alessandro Iadanza, Esmeralda Pompei, Miroslava Stolcova, Diego Ornaghi, Alessandro Minati, Mauro Cassese, Gian Luca Martinelli, Pierluigi Sbarra, Andrea Agostinelli, Andrea Audo, Andrea Pieroni, Rosario Fiorilli, Gino Gerosa, Mauro Rinaldi, Fiorenzo Gaita
Advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with poor outcomes in patients who underwent surgical aortic valve replacement, whereas its prognostic role in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate outcomes in patients with advanced CKD who underwent TAVI. A total of 1,904 consecutive patients who underwent balloon-expandable TAVI in 33 centers between 2007 and 2012 were enrolled in the Italian Transcatheter Balloon-Expandable Valve Implantation Registry...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322423/uptake-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anti-coagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-cohort-study
#14
Matylda Zimny, Steffen Blum, Peter Ammann, Paul Erne, Giorgio Moschovitis, Marcello Di Valentino, Dipen Shah, Jürg Schläpfer, Cyrill Vogt, Alexandra Tabord, Michael Kühne, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald, David Conen
AIMS: We aimed to assess the uptake of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) among patients with atrial fibrillation between 2010 and 2015 in Switzerland. METHODS: We performed a prospective observational cohort study. At the baseline examination and during yearly follow-ups, we used questionnaires to obtain information about clinical characteristics and antithrombotic treatment. Stroke risk was assessed using the CHA2DS2-VASc score. RESULTS: 1545 patients were enrolled across seven centres in Switzerland...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322038/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-on-the-impact-of-pre-operative-atrial-fibrillation-on-short-and-long-term-outcomes-after-aortic-valve-replacement
#15
Akshat Saxena, Sohaib A Virk, Sebastian Bowman, Paul G Bannon
BACKGROUND: This systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the impact of preoperative atrial fibrillation (preAF) on early and late outcomes after aortic valve replacement (AVR). METHODS: Medline, EMBASE, and CENTRAL were systematically searched for studies that reported AVR outcomes according to the presence or absence of preAF. Data were independently extracted by two investigators; a meta-analysis was conducted according to predefined clinical endpoints...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320990/comorbidities-and-complications-in-nonagenarians-undergoing-coronary-angiography-and-intervention
#16
Mohamed Gayed, Nour Yadak, Waad Qamhia, Yunis Daralammouri, Marc-Alexander Ohlow
Elderly people represent the fastest growing portion of cardiovascular patients. We aimed to analyze the clinical presentation, risk factors, co-morbidities, complications, and mortality in patients 90 years or more who underwent coronary angiography and intervention.We retrospectively studied 108 (0.25% of 43,385) consecutive patients ≥ 90 years undergoing cardiac catheterization and/or intervention in a tertiary specialist hospital between 2003 and 2014.Most patients (68.5%) were introduced on an emergency basis, especially with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (63...
March 21, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319471/early-secondary-prevention-after-initially-ineffective-revascularization-treatments-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-due-to-tandem-occlusion
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Stefano Forlivesi, Elia Pancheri, Giuseppe Moretto, Paolo Bovi, Manuel Cappellari
The most effective treatment of patients with stroke due to tandem occlusion is still unclear. We report the case of a man with stroke due to tandem internal carotid artery/middle cerebral artery occlusion, who underwent initially ineffective intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) and endovascular treatment. Early anticoagulation with apixaban was started after 48 h of IVT, given a newly diagnosed nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Spontaneous partial recanalization of the cervical internal carotid artery was noted, and carotid endarterectomy was performed 72 h after IVT and 8 h after the last dose of apixaban...
March 17, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319424/rivaroxaban-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-from-rocket-af-to-everyday-practice
#18
Gonzalo Barón-Esquivias, Francisco Marín, Marcelo Sanmartín
Registries and non-interventional studies offer relevant and complementary information to clinical trials, since they have a high external validity. Areas covered: The information regarding the efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban compared with warfarin, or rivaroxaban alone in clinical practice was reviewed in this manuscript. For this purpose, a search on MEDLINE and EMBASE databases was performed. The MEDLINE and EMBASE search included both medical subject headings (MeSH) and keywords including: atrial fibrillation (AF) OR warfarin OR clinical practice OR ROCKET AF AND rivaroxaban...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317289/stroke-recurrence-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-concomitant-carotid-artery-stenosis-doubles-the-risk
#19
H Lehtola, K E J Airaksinen, P Hartikainen, J E K Hartikainen, A Palomäki, I Nuotio, A Ylitalo, T Kiviniemi, P Mustonen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and significant carotid artery stenosis (CAS) often coexist in patients with acute stroke but whether CAS affects the stroke recurrence rate in anticoagulated AF patients is largely unknown. The effect of concomitant CAS on both short- and long-term prognosis after stroke in patients with AF was evaluated. METHODS: The multicentre, retrospective FibStroke registry included AF patients with an ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) during 2003-2012...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317274/quality-of-warfarin-therapy-and-risk-of-stroke-bleeding-and-mortality-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-nationwide-finwaf-registry
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Mika Lehto, Jussi Niiranen, Pasi Korhonen, Juha Mehtälä, Houssem Khanfir, Fabian Hoti, Riitta Lassila, Pekka Raatikainen
PURPOSE: The most important management strategy in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is preventing stroke with oral anticoagulants. Warfarin is still used as a first-line anticoagulant, although non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants are currently recommended to manage AF. Using a large, unselected national sample of AF patients, we evaluated the relationships between quality of warfarin therapy and the risks of thromboembolism, bleeding complications, and mortality. METHODS: The nationwide FinWAF study included 54 568 AF patients taking warfarin...
March 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
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