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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314875/safety-of-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-intracranial-hemorrhage
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H Lin, S-N Li, R Bai, S-N Wen, N Liu, D-Y Long, R-H Yu, R-B Tang, C-H Sang, X Du, J-Z Dong, C-S Ma
BACKGROUND: The safety of anticoagulation and radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and a history of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) remains unclear. We investigated the risks and benefits of this approach in AF patients with a history of ICH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The ICH group included 45 AF patients with a history of ICH who underwent RFCA. Five of these patients were excluded because ICH occurred spontaneously after cerebral infarction...
March 17, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300870/effectiveness-and-safety-of-apixaban-versus-warfarin-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-in-real-world-clinical-practice-a-propensity-matched-analysis-of-76-940-patients
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Xiaoyan Li, Steve Deitelzweig, Allison Keshishian, Melissa Hamilton, Ruslan Horblyuk, Kiran Gupta, Xuemei Luo, Jack Mardekian, Keith Friend, Anagha Nadkarni, Xianying Pan, Gregory Y H Lip
The ARISTOTLE trial showed a risk reduction of stroke/systemic embolism (SE) and major bleeding in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients treated with apixaban compared to warfarin. This retrospective study used four large US claims databases (MarketScan, PharMetrics, Optum, and Humana) of NVAF patients newly initiating apixaban or warfarin from January 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015. After 1:1 warfarin-apixaban propensity score matching (PSM) within each database, the resulting patient records were pooled...
March 16, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284524/evaluation-of-atrial-fibrillation-management-and-cardiovascular-risk-profile-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Gediminas Račkauskas, Vytautas Zabiela, Germanas Marinskis, Arvydas Baranauskas, Deimilė Balkutė, Justina Alunderytė, Aras Puodžiūkynas, Tomas Kazakevičius, Vilius Kviesulaitis, Audrius Aidietis
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study to investigate the most frequent risk factors of atrial fibrillation (AF), co-morbidities, complications associated with AF and the use of anticoagulants and other medications in patients who were referred to university hospitals in Lithuania. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled consecutive inpatients and outpatients with AF presenting to cardiologists in the two biggest Lithuanian university hospitals from November 2013 to May 2014...
February 20, 2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284508/geographical-differences-in-thromboembolic-and-bleeding-risks-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-an-ancillary-analysis-from-the-sportif-trials
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Marco Proietti, Gregory Yh Lip
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of stroke, and the use of oral anticoagulation reduces stroke and all-cause mortality. Geographical differences may exist in AF risk factors, risk stratification and treatment strategies. METHODS: A post-hoc subgroup analysis derived from randomized controlled trials, the SPORTIF III and V trials, studying differences between European and North American warfarin-assigned non-valvular AF patients...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267467/anemia-is-associated-with-bleeding-and-mortality-but-not-stroke-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-insights-from-the-apixaban-for-reduction-in-stroke-and-other-thromboembolic-events-in-atrial-fibrillation-aristotle-trial
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B Daan Westenbrink, Marco Alings, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander, Renato D Lopes, Elaine M Hylek, Laine Thomas, Daniel M Wojdyla, Michael Hanna, Matyas Keltai, P Gabriel Steg, Raffaele De Caterina, Lars Wallentin, Wiek H van Gilst
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are prone to cardiovascular events and anticoagulation-related bleeding complications. We hypothesized that patients with anemia are at increased risk for these outcomes. METHODS: We performed a post hoc analysis of the ARISTOTLE trial, which included >18,000 patients with AF randomized to warfarin (target international normalized ratio, 2.0-3.0) or apixaban 5 mg twice daily. Multivariable Cox regression analysis was used to determine if anemia (defined as hemoglobin <13...
March 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244558/assessing-the-appropriateness-of-oral-anticoagulation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-advanced-frailty-use-of-stroke-and-bleeding-risk-prediction-models
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R O'Caoimh, E Igras, A Ramesh, B Power, K O'Connor, R Liston
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common among frail older adults. Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is particularly challenging for these due to overlapping stroke and bleeding risk factor profiles. OBJECTIVE: To compare the utility of stroke and haemorrhage risk-prediction instruments in the treatment of AF among frail older adults. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS: Frail residents in four nursing homes with a Clinical Frailty Scale score ≥5 (median 7±0)...
2017: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237286/comparison-of-has-bled-and-has-bed-versus-chads2-and-cha2ds2vasc-stroke-and-bleeding-scores-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Daniela Poli, Emilia Antonucci, Vittorio Pengo, Sophie Testa, Gualtiero Palareti
Anticoagulation is recommended in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) for stroke prevention, and the bleeding risk associated suggests the need for a bleeding risk stratification. HAS-BLED (hypertension, abnormal renal/liver function, stroke, bleeding history or predisposition, labile international normalized ratio (INR), elderly >65 years, drugs/alcohol concomitantly) score includes "labile INR" referred to quality of anticoagulation. However, in naïve patients, this item is not available. In addition, stroke and bleeding risk prediction scores shared several risk factors...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228120/findings-of-transoesophageal-echocardiogram-in-appropriately-anticoagulated-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-prior-to-planned-cardioversion
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Jūratė Barysienė, Aistė Žebrauskaitė, Dovilė Petrikonytė, Germanas Marinskis, Sigita Aidietienė, Audrius Aidietis
BACKGROUND: To evaluate a diagnostic value of transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) in appropriately anticoagulated patients with a non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to establish possible additional indications for TEE; to evaluate the incidence of left atrial (LA) thrombi in appropriately anticoagulated patients in daily clinical practice. METHODS: This retrospective study analyses data of 432 patients who had been anticoagulated by means of oral anticoagulants (OACs) prior to planned cardioversion during the period from 2012 to 2015...
February 23, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217222/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-for-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-clinical-practice-a-single-center-experience
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Naoki Shibata, Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Toshiro Tomomatsu, Yoshihiro Ikai, Kazushi Terada, Kazuhito Tsuzuki, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation therapy with the vitamin K antagonist (VKA) warfarin has been demonstrated to reduce thromboembolic risk after electrical cardioversion (ECV). However, data concerning ECV with non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is limited. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of NOACs in patients undergoing ECV in a real-world clinical practice at a single center in Japan. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 406 consecutive patients who underwent ECV for atrial fibrillation (AF) or flutter under anticoagulation with one of the three NOACs (n=149) or with a VKA (n=257)...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215464/patients-with-intracranial-bleeding-and-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-results-from-the-amplatzer-cardiac-plug-registry
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Apostolos Tzikas, Xavier Freixa, Laura Llull, Sameer Gafoor, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, George Giannakoulas, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Adel Aminian, Steffen Gloekler, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Reda Ibrahim, Horst Sievert, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Bernhard Meier, Haralampos Karvounis
BACKGROUND: In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), intracranial bleeding (ICB) constitutes a very challenging situation in which the rate of both ischemic and hemorrhagic events is increased. In these patients, left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) might represent a very valid alternative. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the procedural safety and long-term outcome of patients undergoing LAAO therapy due to previous ICB. METHODS: Data from the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug multicenter registry on 1047 consecutive patients were analyzed...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196815/major-bleeding-complications-and-persistence-with-oral-anticoagulation-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-contemporary-findings-in-real-life-danish-patients
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Morten Lamberts, Laila Staerk, Jonas Bjerring Olesen, Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, Morten Lock Hansen, Louise Harboe, Cinira Lefevre, David Evans, Gunnar Hilmar Gislason
BACKGROUND: The nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants have recently become available as an alternative to warfarin as stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation, but data on real-life patient experience, including bleeding risk, are lacking. Our objective was to compare major bleeding events and nonpersistence between the nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant apixaban and other nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (dabigatran and rivaroxaban) and warfarin in a contemporary, nation-wide cohort of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191906/intracardiac-echocardiography-for-verification-for-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-presence-detected-by-transesophageal-echocardiography-the-actionice-ii-study
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Jakub Baran, Beata Zaborska, Roman Piotrowski, Malgorzata Sikora-Frąc, Ewa Pilichowska-Paszkiet, Piotr Kułakowski
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) remains the gold standard for exclusion of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus in patients scheduled for direct electrical cardioversion (DEC) or atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. Recently, intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) of the pulmonary artery (PA) has been shown to provide excellent LAA images and to be useful in verification of equivocal TEE findings. HYPOTHESIS: ICE of the PA may have a role in detecting false-positive TEE results...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187048/utility-of-cha2ds2-vasc-and-has-bled-scores-as-predictor-of-thromboembolism-and-bleeding-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
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Hatice S Kemal, Serkan Ertugay, Sanem Nalbantgil, Pelin Ozturk, Cagatay Engin, Tahir Yagdi, Mustafa Ozbaran
Ischemic and hemorrhagic events are the common causes of morbidity and mortality after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device implantation (CF-LVAD). CHA2DS2-VASc score predicts thromboembolic (TE) event risk and HAS-BLED score predicts bleeding risk in patients on anti-coagulant with atrial fibrillation. We aimed to evaluate if these scoring systems would be predictive of TE and bleeding complications following CF-LVAD implantation. From December 2010 to December 2014, 145 patients who underwent CF-LVAD implantation at a single center were included...
February 7, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177198/the-tasmanian-atrial-fibrillation-study-transition-to-direct-oral-anticoagulants-2011-2015
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Endalkachew Admassie Alamneh, Leanne Chalmers, Luke R Bereznicki
INTRODUCTION: Contemporary Australian data regarding antithrombotic prescribing patterns following approval of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are limited. AIM: The aim of the present study was to assess antithrombotic prescribing patterns before, during and after the clinical introduction of DOACs. METHODS: Using digital medical records, this retrospective cohort study included all patients with AF as a primary or secondary diagnosis who were admitted to the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania, Australia, between January 2011 and July 2015...
February 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168639/chemical-cardioversion-of-recent-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department-using-vernakalant-hydrochloride-achieves-safe-and-rapid-restoration-of-sinus-rhythm-and-facilitates-same-day-discharge
#15
P Stoneman, P Gilligan, P Mahon, R Sheahan
BACKGROUND: Vernakalant hydrochloride is a rapid-acting antiarrhythmic drug licensed in the EU since 2010 for the conversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation with proven efficacy and safety when compared with placebo and amiodarone in randomized clinical trials. AIMS: The aim of our study was to determine the feasibility of same day discharge (following 2 h monitoring) from the emergency department after successful cardioversion using vernakalant hydrochloride...
February 6, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134282/does-von-willebrand-factor-improve-the-predictive-ability-of-current-risk-stratification-scores-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Amaya García-Fernández, Vanessa Roldán, José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Diana Hernández-Romero, Mariano Valdés, Vicente Vicente, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a biomarker of endothelial dysfunction. We investigated its role on prognosis in anticoagulated atrial fibrillation (AF) patients and determined whether its addition to clinical risk stratification schemes improved event-risk prediction. Consecutive outpatients with non-valvular AF were recruited and rates of thrombotic/cardiovascular events, major bleeding and mortality were recorded. The effect of vWF on prognosis was calculated using a Cox regression model. Improvements in predictive accuracy over current scores were determined by calculating the integrated discrimination improvement (IDI), net reclassification improvement (NRI), comparison of receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) curves and Decision Curve Analysis (DCA)...
January 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129663/risk-stratification-models-in-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Farhan Shahid, Gregory Y H Lip
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of stroke compared with the general population. AF-related stroke confers a higher mortality and morbidity risk, and thus, early detection and assessment for the initiation of effective stroke prevention with oral anticoagulation are crucial. Simple and practical risk assessment tools are essential to facilitate stroke and bleeding risk assessment in busy clinics and wards to aid decision making. At present, the CHA2DS2VASc score is recommended by guidelines as the most simple and practical method of assessing stroke risk in AF patients...
January 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129318/initial-experience-with-minimally-invasive-surgical-exclusion-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-with-an-epicardial-clip
#18
Nathan E Smith, Jeevan Joseph, John Morgan, Saqib Masroor
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the primary cardiac abnormality associated with ischemic stroke. Atrial fibrillation affects 2.7 million people with a stroke rate of 3.5% per year. Most of the emboli in patients with nonvalvular AF originate in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Surgical exclusion of the LAA decreases the yearly risk of stroke to 0.7% when combined with a Maze procedure. Traditional oversewing the LAA from inside the left atrium is associated with a significant number of recanalizations of LAA...
January 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106016/gender-related-differences-in-presentation-and-treatment-of-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-ramses-study
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Volkan Doğan, Özcan Başaran, Osman Beton, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Çağrı Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu, İsmail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalçık, Cevat Kırma, Murat Biteker
OBJECTIVE: Gender is an important feature in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). This study investigated gender-related differences in patients with AF in Turkey. METHODS: As a part of RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke prevention strategies in Turkey, NCT02344901) study, information of the patients with AF who successively applied to the hospital was analyzed. This cross-sectional, multicenter, nationwide observational study enrolled 6264 non-valvular AF (NVAF) outpatients (55...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068791/the-utilization-of-antithrombotic-therapy-in-older-patients-in-aged-care-facilities-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Bridget Frain, Ronald Castelino, Luke R Bereznicki
Oral anticoagulants are essential drugs for the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Anticoagulants are, however, commonly withheld in older people due to the risk and fear of hemorrhage. Although the underutilization of anticoagulants in patients with AF has been demonstrated internationally, few studies have been conducted among aged care residents. The aim of this study was to determine the utilization of anticoagulants among people with AF residing in aged care facilities...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
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