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Sam Schulman, Peter L Gross, Bruce Ritchie, Susan Nahirniak, Yulia Lin, Lani Lieberman, Marc Carrier, Mark A Crowther, Indy Ghosh, Alejandro Lazo-Langner, Michelle Zondag
Oral factor Xa inhibitors are increasingly used for anticoagulation, but there is no approved reversal agent. Prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) for the management of Xa-inhibitor-associated bleeding has been described in small case series and one cohort study. Patients on apixaban or rivaroxaban, suffering a major bleed, were treated at nine Canadian hospitals as per existing hospital protocol with a fixed dose of PCC 2,000 units and subsequently recruited for a 30-day follow-up. The treating physician evaluated the haemostatic effectiveness as observed during the first day as good, moderate or poor/none, using an assessment guide...
March 21, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Ilaria Cavallari, Giuseppe Patti
Platelets and the coagulation cascade play key roles in initiation, amplification, and perpetuation of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). In the past few years, there has been great progress in ACS antithrombotic treatment with the introduction of novel anticoagulants (fondaparinux and bivalirudin), more potent P2Y12 inhibitors (prasugrel and ticagrelor) and protease-activated receptor antagonists (vorapaxar). Nonetheless, patients with ACS frequently have recurrent ischemic events despite the use of currently recommended dual antiplatelet therapy, revascularization procedures as appropriate, and other evidence-based secondary preventive measures...
March 21, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Siavash Piran, Caroline Gabriel, Sam Schulman
Direct oral factor Xa (FXa) inhibitors are widely used for anticoagulation but a targeted antidote is not available. Four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate (4FPCC) has been shown in observational studies to support hemostasis in most patients with major bleeding related to FXa inhibitors with an acceptable rate of thromboembolic events. However, the effectiveness of 4FPCC for reversal of FXa inhibitors prior to emergency surgery or invasive procedures is unclear. A retrospective chart review was performed in patients that received 4FPCC at Hamilton General Hospital from 2015 to 2017...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Ander Regueiro, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Armando Bethencourt, Luis Nombela-Franco, Jean Champagne, Luis Asmarats, Pilar Jiménez-Quevedo, Tania Rodriguez-Gabella, Juan Carlos Rama-Merchan, Rishi Puri, Gilles O'Hara, Josep Rodés-Cabau
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the late clinical outcomes of percutaneous LAA closure in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and contraindication to oral anticoagulation. METHODS: Consecutive AF patients with contraindications to oral anticoagulation who underwent successful LAA closure between December 2008 and March 2013 at four centers were included. RESULTS: A total of 101 patients (median age 76 [IQR 69-80] years, 48% women, mean CHA2 DS2 -VASc 5 ± 2; HAS-BLED 4 ± 1) were included...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Xin Xue, Lisheng Jiang, Erich Duenninger, Manuela Muenzel, Shaofeng Guan, Adam Fazakas, Fanzhou Cheng, Juergen Illnitzky, Thorsten Keil, Jiangtao Yu
The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is high in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) has been recognized as an efficient alternative to oral anticoagulation for the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with non-valvular AF (NVAF); however, the long-term safety and efficacy of LAAC in patients with CKD remain unclear. This study was designed to provide data regarding the safety and efficacy of LAAC in NVAF patients with CKD. A real-world analysis of the safety and efficacy of LAAC was performed on a cohort of 300 NVAF patients with or without CKD who underwent LAAC using the Watchman (WM) device at our center...
March 22, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Michael S Reich, Kace A Ezzet
Persistent wound drainage after total joint arthroplasty can potentiate periprosthetic joint infection. Although current recommendations are to treat persistent wound drainage with surgical debridement, we believe nonoperative treatment may be successful in selected patients. We performed a retrospective analysis of 25 persistently draining hip and knee arthroplasty wounds treated with a protocol consisting of a combination of surgical site aspiration, closure of open wound edges, cessation of anticoagulants, activity modification, and antibiotics (in select patients)...
March 2018: Arthroplasty Today
Mohamed S ElGuindy, Ahmed M ElGuindy
Aneurysmal coronary artery disease (ACAD) comprises both coronary artery aneurysms (CAA) and coronary artery ectasia (CAE). The reported prevalence of ACAD varies widely from 0.2 to 10%, with male predominance and a predilection for the right coronary artery (RCA). Atherosclerosis is the commonest cause of ACAD in adults, while Kawasaki disease is the commonest cause in children and adolescents, as well as in the Far East. Most patients are asymptomatic, but when symptoms do exist, they are usually related to myocardial ischemia...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Fangbin Zhou, Yaying Zhou, Ming Yang, Jinli Wen, Jun Dong, Wenyong Tan
Background: Circulating endothelial cells (CECs) and their subpopulations could be potential novel biomarkers for various malignancies. However, reliable enumerable methods are warranted to further improve their clinical utility. This study aimed to optimize a flow cytometric method (FCM) assay for CECs and subpopulations in peripheral blood for patients with solid cancers. Patients and methods: An FCM assay was used to detect and identify CECs. A panel of 60 blood samples, including 44 metastatic cancer patients and 16 healthy controls, were used in this study...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
In Cheol Hwang, Jooyoung Chang, Kyuwoong Kim, Sang Min Park
The effect of aspirin on the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. We investigated the association between aspirin use and HCC development in a region where viral hepatitis prevails. We conducted a population-based cohort study including a total of 460,755 participants who were tracked to identify incidents of HCC since 2007. The use of drug before the index date was assessed and standardized by the Defined Daily Dose system. We calculated the hazard ratios (HRs) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the association between aspirin use and HCC occurrence, using Cox proportional hazard regression models...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Dominika M Zoltowska, Yashwant Agrawal, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta
A 77-year-old Caucasian woman with recent abdominal surgery was diagnosed with multiple paradoxical systemic emboli in the mesenteric and renal circulation. Diagnosis was made by direct visualisation of a serpentine thrombus traversing both atria through patent foramen ovale (PFO) by transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). Concomitantly, the patient was found to have deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. A decision was made to pursue cardiothoracic surgery preceded by inferior vena cava filter placement...
March 21, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Zeyad Sako, Sindhu Reddy Avula, Elissa Gaies, Rebecca Daniel
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are increasingly used in patients with recurrent venous thromboembolism in whom anticoagulation is contraindicated or intolerable. Migration of fragments is a known complication of IVC filter use. We present a case of a 32-year-old man, who presented with right-sided chest pain believed to be caused by a migrated IVC fragment to the right ventricle. The filter was removed by an endovascular cook forceps with the assistance of intracardiac echocardiography. This case serves as an addition to the existing reports of successful removal of intracardiac fragments via minimally invasive endovascular approach, amid a larger number of intracardiac fragments that have been removed by an open-heart approach...
March 21, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Amihai Rottenstreich, Yosef Kalish, Uriel Elchalal, Alexander Klimov, Allan I Bloom
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate patterns of use and outcomes of retrievable inferior vena cava filters (rIVCF) in obstetric patients. METHODS: A single center review of consecutive patients who underwent rIVCF placement during pregnancy/postpartum in 2005-2016. A pooled analysis of the relevant cases in the English literature was conducted. RESULTS: The current cohort comprised 24 women, median age 27 [interquartile range 24-30] years. Among 10 filters placed during pregnancy, the most common indication (n = 4) was the need to withhold anticoagulation therapy before delivery, in the presence of acute thrombosis...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
X Y Zhao, J X Li, X F Tang, Y Xian, J J Xu, Y Song, L Jiang, L J Xu, J Chen, Y Zhang, L Song, L J Gao, Z Gao, J Zhang, Y Wu, S B Qiao, Y J Yang, R L Gao, B Xu, J Q Yuan
Objective: To evaluate the predictive value of GRACE discharge score on the long-term out-of-hospital coronary thrombotic events (CTE) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents. Methods: Present study was a prospective, observational, single center study. 10 724 consecutive patients underwent PCI in Fuwai Hospital between January and December 2013 were included, stents were implanted with conventional method. After PCI, patients were prescribed aspirin 100 mg once daily indefinitely, and either clopidogrel 75 mg once daily or ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily for at least 1 year...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Jan Steffel, Peter Verhamme, Tatjana S Potpara, Pierre Albaladejo, Matthias Antz, Lien Desteghe, Karl Georg Haeusler, Jonas Oldgren, Holger Reinecke, Vanessa Roldan-Schilling, Nigel Rowell, Peter Sinnaeve, Ronan Collins, A John Camm, Hein Heidbüchel
The current manuscript is the Executive Summary of the second update to the original Practical Guide, published in 2013. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative for vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and have emerged as the preferred choice, particularly in patients newly started on anticoagulation. Both physicians and patients are becoming more accustomed to the use of these drugs in clinical practice. However, many unresolved questions on how to optimally use these agents in specific clinical situations remain...
March 19, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Jan Steffel, Peter Verhamme, Tatjana S Potpara, Pierre Albaladejo, Matthias Antz, Lien Desteghe, Karl Georg Haeusler, Jonas Oldgren, Holger Reinecke, Vanessa Roldan-Schilling, Nigel Rowell, Peter Sinnaeve, Ronan Collins, A John Camm, Hein Heidbüchel
The current manuscript is the second update of the original Practical Guide, published in 2013 [Heidbuchel et al. European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of new oral anticoagulants in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Europace 2013;15:625-651; Heidbuchel et al. Updated European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Europace 2015;17:1467-1507]. Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative for vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and have emerged as the preferred choice, particularly in patients newly started on anticoagulation...
March 17, 2018: European Heart Journal
Jingjing Song, Da Ma, Xiangqi Liu, Yichen Chen, Juan Fang, Vivian Wai Yan Lui, Sijia Zhao, Juan Xia, Bin Cheng, Zhi Wang
Thrombomodulin (TM, also known as CD141), which functions as an anticoagulant, is widely expressed on cell surface of a variety of cell types, including human blood cells as well as certain immune cells. To determine whether TM could be a potential marker for OSCC diagnosis as well as a molecular target for OSCC therapy, we examined the expression of TM in an oral cancer tissue microarray with 153 oral cancer tissues. Further, we also analyzed the expression of TM on DCs of 36 OSCC patients and 36 healthy donors...
March 18, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Xiaoyue Zhu, Liying Jiang, Yihua Lu, Chunli Wang, Shuai Zhou, He Wang, Tian Tian
OBJECTIVE: Several human studies have been conducted to explore the association between aspirin (ASPN) D-repeat polymorphisms and OA susceptibility, but these provide inconsistent results. Our primary aim is to examine whether D-repeat polymorphisms are related to OA risk. METHODS: We conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the association between ASPN D-repeat polymorphisms and OA. Electronic database was searched, including PubMed, Embase, CNKI, Ovid, and the reference lists of relevant articles published from the inception to January 24, 2018...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Caitlin S Brown, Wesley R Zemrak, Kaitlin J Dyer, Stephen Rolfe
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have become an important advancement for patients with end-stage heart failure. Left ventricular assist devices come with the risk of stroke and pump thrombosis, and to mitigate these risks, anticoagulation is given to these patients. With anticoagulation comes increased bleeding risk, and urgent reversal may be necessary. Reports have shown that the risk of thrombosis with prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) does exist, especially in patients with baseline risk factors for thrombosis...
March 20, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Benjamin Richard, Richard Swanson, Gonzalo Izaguirre, Steven Thomas Olson
Heparin allosterically activates the anticoagulant serpin, antithrombin, by binding through a sequence-specific pentasaccharide and inducing activating conformational changes in the protein. Three basic residues of antithrombin, Lys114, Lys125 and Arg129, have been shown to be hotspots for binding the pentasaccharide, but the molecular basis for such hotspot binding has been unclear. To determine whether this results from cooperative interactions, we analyzed the effects of single, double and triple mutations of the hotspot residues on pentasaccharide binding and activation of antithrombin...
March 21, 2018: Biochemistry
Ashwini Kalantri, Shriprakash Kalantri
Using a combination of aspirin, anti-tuberculosis drugs and steroids may help to reduce the number of strokes and deaths in patients with tuberculous meningitis.
March 21, 2018: ELife
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