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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737102/comparative-effectiveness-of-rivaroxaban-in-the-treatment-of-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#1
Faye L Norby, Alvaro Alonso
Rivaroxaban is a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) approved for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, a common arrhythmia. In this review, we summarize the effectiveness of rivaroxaban versus warfarin and the DOACs dabigatran, apixaban and edoxaban. The primary focus is on primary evidence from clinical trials, indirect comparison studies and real-world studies. While there are gaps in the literature, the evidence thus far indicates that rivaroxaban is superior to warfarin and similar to dabigatran, apixaban and edoxaban for the prevention of stroke or systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, although rivaroxaban may be associated with an elevated bleeding risk compared with other DOACs...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737070/%C3%AE-blockers-on-discharge-from-acute-atrial-fibrillation-are-associated-with-decreased-mortality-and-lower-cerebrovascular-accidents-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
#2
Charbel Abi Khalil, Mohammad Zubaid, Nidal Asaad, Wafa A Rashed, Adel Khalifa Hamad, Rajvir Singh, Jassim Al Suwaidi
The benefits of β-blockers in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are controversial. The Gulf Survey of Atrial Fibrillation Events was a prospective, multinational, observational registry of consecutive patients with AF recruited from the emergency department (ED). We studied the incidence of 6- and 12-month mortality, hospitalization for HF or AF, and stroke/transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in patients with HFrEF, in relation to β-blockers on discharge from the ED or the subsequent hospital stay...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736561/recent-advances-in-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-end-stage-renal-disease
#3
REVIEW
Federico Ronco, Patrizio Mazzone, Leila Hosseinian, Simonetta Genovesi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with a high prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), but in this population the risk/benefit ratio of anticoagulant therapy with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) for thromboprophylaxis is uncertain. SUMMARY: In end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing hemodialysis, VKA seem less effective in stroke prevention than in the general population, with an increased risk of major bleeding. Recently, novel oral anticoagulant agents (NOACs) have proven to be effective for stroke prevention in AF and have demonstrated an improved safety profile compared to VKA...
June 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736386/stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-very-elderly-anticoagulant-therapy-is-no-longer-a-sin
#4
EDITORIAL
Jack Ansell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736385/thromboembolic-risk-bleeding-outcomes-and-effect-of-different-antithrombotic-strategies-in-very-elderly-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-sub-analysis-from-the-prefer-in-af-prevention-of-thromboembolic-events-european-registry-in-atrial-fibrillation
#5
Giuseppe Patti, Markus Lucerna, Ladislav Pecen, Jolanta M Siller-Matula, Ilaria Cavallari, Paulus Kirchhof, Raffaele De Caterina
BACKGROUND: Increasing age predisposes to both thromboembolic and bleeding events in patients with atrial fibrillation; therefore, balancing risks and benefits of antithrombotic strategies in older populations is crucial. We investigated 1-year outcome with different antithrombotic approaches in very elderly atrial fibrillation patients (age ≥85 years) compared with younger patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We accessed individual patients' data from the prospective PREFER in AF (PREvention oF thromboembolic events-European Registry in Atrial Fibrillation), compared outcomes with and without oral anticoagulation (OAC), and estimated weighed net clinical benefit in different age groups...
July 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735494/trends-in-use-of-warfarin-and-direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-norway-2010-to-2015
#6
Lars J Kjerpeseth, Hanne Ellekjær, Randi Selmer, Inger Ariansen, Kari Furu, Eva Skovlund
PURPOSE: Since 2011, several direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) have been introduced as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation. We wanted to investigate changes in utilization of oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation in Norway following the introduction of DOACs. METHODS: Using nationwide registries, we identified all adults with pharmacy dispensings for warfarin or DOACs between January 2010 and December 2015 in Norway, and used ambulatory reimbursement codes to identify atrial fibrillation as indication...
July 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734575/outcomes-associated-to-serum-phosphate-levels-in-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome
#7
Hong Xu, Marie Evans, Alessandro Gasparini, Karolina Szummer, Jonas Spaak, Johan Ärnlöv, Bengt Lindholm, Tomas Jernberg, Juan Jesús Carrero
BACKGROUND: We investigated the association between phosphate and the risk of adverse clinical outcomes in patients with manifest cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: Observational study of patients hospitalized during 2006-2011 in Stockholm, Sweden, because of suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The exposure was serum phosphate during the hospitalization. We modeled the association between phosphate and in-hospital death or in-hospital events (composite of myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, resuscitated cardiac arrest, atrial fibrillation, or atrioventricular block) as well as the one-year post-discharge risk of death or cardiovascular event (composite of myocardial re-infarction, heart failure and stroke)...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733782/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-an-overview-for-clinicians
#8
REVIEW
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Roland Tilz, Tatjana S Potpara
Catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is currently one of the most commonly performed electrophysiology procedures. Ablation of paroxysmal AF is based on the elimination of triggers by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), while different strategies for additional AF substrate modification on top of PVI have been proposed for ablation of persistent AF. Nowadays, various technologies for AF ablation are available. The radiofrequency point-by-point ablation navigated by electro-anatomical mapping system and cryo-balloon technology are comparable in terms of the efficacy and safety of the PVI procedure...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733435/different-implications-of-heart-failure-ischemic-stroke-and-mortality-between-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-atrial-flutter-a-view-from-a-national-cohort-study
#9
Yu-Sheng Lin, Tien-Hsing Chen, Ching-Chi Chi, Ming-Shyan Lin, Tao-Hsin Tung, Chi-Hung Liu, Yung-Lung Chen, Mien-Cheng Chen
BACKGROUND: Atrial flutter (AFL) has been identified to be equivalent to atrial fibrillation (AF) in terms of preventing ischemic stroke, although differences exist in atrial rate, substrate, and electrophysiological mechanisms. This study aimed to investigate differences in clinical outcomes between nonvalvular AF and AFL. METHODS AND RESULTS: AF and AFL patients without any prescribed anticoagulation were enrolled from a 13-year national cohort database. Under series exclusion criteria, ischemic stroke, heart failure hospitalization, and all-cause mortality were compared between the groups in real-world conditions and after propensity score matching...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733071/long-term-stroke-and-bleeding-risk-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-oral-anticoagulants-in-contemporary-practice-providing-evidence-for-shared-decision-making
#10
Peter A Noseworthy, Xiaoxi Yao, Bernard J Gersh, Ian Hargraves, Nilay D Shah, Victor M Montori
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation is recommended as a lifelong therapy for most patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, data on long-term outcomes in clinical practice on these drugs are scarce, particularly for the recently approved agents. We aimed to describe differences in characteristics between patients in everyday practice and those enrolled in the pivotal trials, and to report long-term outcomes on oral anticoagulation in practice. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis using a large U...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731036/stroke-in-women-from-evidence-to-inequalities
#11
REVIEW
Charlotte Cordonnier, Nikola Sprigg, Else Charlotte Sandset, Aleksandra Pavlovic, Katharina S Sunnerhagen, Valeria Caso, Hanne Christensen
Stroke is the second largest cause of disability-adjusted life-years lost worldwide. The prevalence of stroke in women is predicted to rise rapidly, owing to the increasing average age of the global female population. Vascular risk factors differ between women and men in terms of prevalence, and evidence increasingly supports the clinical importance of sex differences in stroke. The influence of some risk factors for stroke - including diabetes mellitus and atrial fibrillation - are stronger in women, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy also affect the risk of stroke decades after pregnancy...
July 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730948/nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#12
George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Hans-Chris Diener, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Patrik Michel
Background In a previous systematic review and meta-analysis, we assessed the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin-K antagonist oral anticoagulants versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke or transient ischemic attack. Since then, new information became available. Aim The aim of the present work was to update the results of the previous systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods We searched PubMed until 24 August 2016 for randomized controlled trials using the following search items: "atrial fibrillation" and "anticoagulation" and "warfarin" and "previous stroke or transient ischemic attack...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729407/long-term-stroke-risk-prediction-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-comparison-of-the-abc-stroke-and-cha2ds2-vasc-scores
#13
José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Vanessa Roldán, María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, Mariano Valdés, Vicente Vicente, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
BACKGROUND: The ABC-stroke score (age, biomarkers [N-terminal fragment B-type natriuretic peptide, high-sensitivity troponin], and clinical history [prior stroke/transient ischemic attack]) was proposed to predict stroke in atrial fibrillation (AF). This score was derived/validated in 2 clinical trial cohorts in which patients with AF were highly selected and carefully followed-up. However, the median follow-up was 1.9 years in the trial cohort; therefore, its long-term predictive performance remains uncertain...
July 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729368/increased-stroke-risk-among-patients-with-open-angle-glaucoma-a-10-year-follow-up-cohort-study
#14
Tyler Hyungtaek Rim, Sang Yeop Lee, Hyoung Won Bae, Sung Soo Kim, Chan Yun Kim
BACKGROUND: Although several studies showed the association between stroke and open-angle glaucoma (OAG), there is still lack of longitudinal studies based on large populations. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the risk of stroke after OAG diagnosis over a 10-year follow-up period. METHODS: We performed a retrospective nationwide propensity score-matched cohort study. OAG and comparison groups were selected from a large database from the Korean National Health Insurance Service, comprising 1 025 340 random subjects...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729311/a-review-of-rate-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-the-rationale-and-protocol-for-the-rate-af-trial
#15
Dipak Kotecha, Melanie Calvert, Jonathan J Deeks, Michael Griffith, Paulus Kirchhof, Gregory Yh Lip, Samir Mehta, Gemma Slinn, Mary Stanbury, Richard P Steeds, Jonathan N Townend
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common and causes impaired quality of life, an increased risk of stroke and death as well as frequent hospital admissions. The majority of patients with AF require control of heart rate. In this article , we summarise the limited evidence from clinical trials that guides prescription, and present the rationale and protocol for a new randomised trial. As rate control has not yet been shown to reduce mortality, there is a clear need to compare the impact of therapy on quality of life, cardiac function and exercise capacity...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727359/-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Gaia Sirimarco, Lorenz Hirt, Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren
Oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) was the cornerstone of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). This review article presents the state of the art, with regard to the treatment options developed over the past few years, the new oral anticoagulants (NOAC). A search in PubMed for relevant published studies has been performed. Dabigatran and apixaban were superior to warfarin to reduce stroke risk or systemic embolism ; dabigatran, rivaroxaban and edoxaban were non-inferior. All NOAC are globally non-inferior to warfarin for stroke prevention in non-valvular AF and they have a superior safety profile, with a reduced intracranial bleeding risk...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726651/factors-associated-with-post-stroke-fatigue-within-the-first-3-month-after-stroke
#17
I Delva, N Lytvynenko, M Delva
Aim - identify socio-demographic, personal and psychological factors associated with certain post-stroke fatigue (PSF) domains within first 3 months after stroke. There were examined patients consequently in definite time points after ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes: at hospital stay (234 patients), in 1 month (203 patients) and in 3 months (176 patients). Global PSF and certain PSF domains were measured by multidimensional fatigue inventory-20 (MFI-20) scale. In multivariate logistic regression analysis the majority of variables (gender, marital status, education level, smoking status, level of alcohol consumption, apathetic impairments, arterial hypertension, atrial fibrillation, ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, body mass index, waist circumference) were not significantly associated with any PSF domain risk at any time point after stroke...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725983/dabigatran-and-vitamin-k-antagonists-use-in-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-cross-sectional-study-of-primary-care-based-electronic-health-records
#18
Bogdan Vlacho, Maria Giner-Soriano, Edurne Zabaleta-Del-Olmo, Albert Roso-Llorach, Ana García-Sangenís, Rosa Morros-Pedrós
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize the profile of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who start an anticoagulant treatment after diagnosis with dabigatran and compare it with those who start with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). METHODS: We analysed primary health care-based electronic health records data from 15,075 people with new diagnosis of atrial fibrillation who initiated treatment with dabigatran or VKA spanning 2011-2013. Logistic regression analysis for determination of factors associated with initiation of dabigatran was performed...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724590/long-term-antithrombotic-treatment-in-intracranial-hemorrhage-survivors-with-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Eleni Korompoki, Filippos T Filippidis, Peter B Nielsen, Angela Del Giudice, Gregory Y H Lip, Joji B Kuramatsu, Hagen B Huttner, Jiming Fang, Sam Schulman, Joan Martí-Fàbregas, Celine S Gathier, Anand Viswanathan, Alessandro Biffi, Daniela Poli, Christian Weimar, Uwe Malzahn, Peter Heuschmann, Roland Veltkamp
OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies reporting recurrent intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) and ischemic stroke (IS) in ICH survivors with atrial fibrillation (AF) during long-term follow-up. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane library, clinical trials registry was performed following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement. We considered studies capturing outcome events (ICH recurrence and IS) for ≥3 months and treatment exposure to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), antiplatelet agents (APAs), or no antithrombotic medication (no-ATM)...
July 19, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724512/the-health-buddies-app-as-a-novel-tool-to-improve-adherence-and-knowledge-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-pilot-study
#20
Lien Desteghe, Kiki Kluts, Johan Vijgen, Pieter Koopman, Dagmara Dilling-Boer, Joris Schurmans, Paul Dendale, Hein Heidbuchel
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) constitutes an important risk for stroke, especially in an ageing population. A new app (Health Buddies) was developed as a tool to improve adherence to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in an elderly AF population by providing a virtual contract with their grandchildren, spelling out daily challenges for both. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility and usability of the Health Buddies app in AF patients...
July 19, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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