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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648320/cost-effectiveness-of-edoxaban-vs-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-based-on-results-of-the-engage-af-timi-48-trial-taiwanese-perspective
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Katherine A Vilain, Ming Chin Yang, Elise Chia Hui Tan, Kaijun Wang, Haiyan Li, Wan Hsuan Hsu, Robert P Giugliano, David J Cohen, Elizabeth A Magnuson
BACKGROUND: Novel anticoagulants, such as factor Xa inhibitors, have entered clinical practice as alternatives to warfarin for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolic event (SEE) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). It is not known whether edoxaban, the fourth-to-market factor Xa inhibitor approved for this indication, will be cost-effective in Taiwan, where the cost of warfarin monitoring is prohibitive. METHODS: A Markov model projecting lifetime results of edoxaban 60 mg/30 mg dose-reduced versus warfarin in patients with nonvalvular AF, based on the ENGAGE AF - TIMI 48 trial, found edoxaban to be of high value relative to warfarin, from the perspective of the US health care system...
May 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643219/triple-antithrombotic-therapy-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-undergoing-pci-a-fading-role
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Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Panagiotis Vlachakis, John Lekakis
Triple antithrombotic therapy (TAT), consisting of aspirin, a P2Y12 receptor antagonist and oral anticoagulant (OAC) medication has been considered as an 'unavoidable' strategy for a 1-12 months for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients post acute coronary syndrome or percutaneous coronary angioplasty with stenting. However, TAT has rather poorly been adopted in real life practice, mainly because of an accompanying increased bleeding potential and lack of definitive results of randomized clinical trials. Several registries, meta-analyses and small randomized trials have so far provided the base of guidelines recommendations...
June 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642017/patterns-of-care-and-temporal-trends-in-ischemic-stroke-management-a-brazilian-perspective
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Monique Bueno Alves, Gisele Sampaio Silva, Renata Carolina Acri Miranda, Rodrigo Meireles Massaud, Andreia Maria Heins Vaccari, Miguel Cendoroglo-Neto, Solange Diccini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Demonstration of an improvement process of quality indicators in stroke care is essential to obtain certification as a primary stroke center (PSC). Our aim was to evaluate factors that influence temporal trends in quality indicators of ischemic stroke (IS) in a Brazilian hospital. METHODS: We evaluated patients discharged with IS from a tertiary hospital from January 2009 to December 2013. Ten predefined performance measures selected by the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program were assessed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634569/epidemiology-and-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-stroke-review-of-data-from-four-european-countries
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REVIEW
Andreea D Ceornodolea, Roland Bal, Johan L Severens
In Europe, 1-3% of the population suffers from atrial fibrillation (AF) and has increased stroke risk. By 2060 a doubling in number of cases and great burden in managing this medical condition are expected. This paper offers an overview of data on epidemiology and management of AF and stroke in four European countries as well as the interconnection between these dimensions. A search index was developed to access multiple scientific and "grey" literatures. Information was prioritised based on strength of evidence and date...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631211/current-practice-of-dutch-cardiologists-in-detecting-and-diagnosing-atrial-fibrillation-results-of-an-online-case-vignette-study
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N Verbiest-van Gurp, P J M van Bladel, H A M van Kesteren, P M Erkens, H E J H Stoffers
INTRODUCTION: Detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) is important given the risk of complications, such as stroke and heart failure, and the need for preventive measures. Detection is complicated because AF can be silent or paroxysmal. Describing current practice may give clues to improve AF detection. The aim of this study was to describe how cardiologists currently detect AF. METHODS: Between December 2014 and May 2015, we sent Dutch cardiologists an online questionnaire...
June 19, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629235/atrial-fibrillation-as-a-complication-of-ibrutinib-therapy-clinical-features-and-challenges-of-management
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Bronwyn C Thorp, Xavier Badoux
Ibrutinib is a Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor finding increasingly widespread use in non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Evidence of an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) emerged in Phase III studies with a median incidence of approximately 6%. The mechanism remains unknown, but inhibition of a cardioprotective pathway has been proposed. Ibrutinib induces a platelet function defect, increasing the bleeding risk of anticoagulation for AF stroke prophylaxis. Multiple potential drug interactions are an added complication...
June 20, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623064/to-screen-or-not-to-screen-examining-the-arguments-against-screening-for-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Lis Neubeck, Jessica Orchard, Nicole Lowres, S Ben Freedman
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, with a lifetime risk of one in four of developing AF over the age of 40 years. Around 40% of patients are asymptomatic, which is of concern as AF is a major risk factor for stroke. Early detection and appropriate management reduces stroke risk by two-thirds. Atrial fibrillation screening is now recommended in international guidelines, but there are some common arguments against screening. Overall, to be of value any screening program must fulfil the World Health Organization (WHO) Wilson and Jungner criteria for screening programs...
May 24, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618904/antiplatelet-and-antithrombotic-treatment-for-secondary-prevention-in-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Maddalena Lettino, Sergio Leonardi, Elia De Maria, Sigrun Halvorsen
Platelets play a key role in the pathogenesis of acute coronary syndromes and this is why antiplatelet drugs are essential, both in the acute phase and in the long-term follow-up in preventing recurrent myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular death. Aspirin is the most used agent and still remains the first choice drug for lifelong administration in secondary prevention after myocardial infarction. Dual antiplatelet therapy, targeting more than one pathway of platelet activation, has significantly improved the outcome of patients with acute coronary syndromes despite an increased risk of bleeding complications...
June 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606886/early-anticoagulation-drug-regimens-after-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-closure-safety-and-efficacy
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Martin W Bergmann, Timothy R Betts, Horst Sievert, Boris Schmidt, Evgeny Pokushalov, Stephan Kische, Thomas Schmitz, Felix Meincke, Kenneth M Stein, Lucas V Boersma, Hüseyin Ince
AIMS: While LAA closure has recently been incorporated in both European and US guidelines for stroke prevention, uncertainties regarding post-procedural drug therapy so far limit its adoption. METHODS AND RESULTS: 1005 patients were implanted with a WATCHMAN device in the prospective EWOLUTION study at 47 centers. 73.5% of the patients were deemed contraindicated for long-term OAC therapy. Here we report on 3-months data including the first follow-up TOE exam for 94% of the study population...
June 13, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602539/causes-of-death-in-atrial-fibrillation-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Antonio Gómez-Outes, Maria Luisa Suárez-Gea, Jose Manuel García-Pinilla
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an age-related arrhythmia associated with several co-morbidities and significant mortality. Most AF patients are in need of anticoagulation due to increased risk of stroke. Despite anticoagulation, AF patients still have a significant risk of death (about 5%/y). Approximately half of deaths in AF are due to heart-related causes (i.e., sudden death, heart failure, and myocardial infarction), one-third of deaths are due to non-vascular causes (i.e., cancer, respiratory diseases, and infections) and the remaining AF patients die from stroke or hemorrhage (about 6% each), or other causes...
May 10, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597905/stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-past-present-and-future-comparing-the-guidelines-and-practical-decision-making
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Gregory Lip, Gregory Y H Lip, Ben Freedman, Raffaele De Caterina, Tatjana S Potpara
Concepts and our approaches to stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) have changed markedly over the last decade. There has been an evolution over the approach to stroke and bleeding risk assessment, as well as new treatment options. An increasing awareness of AF has led to calls to improve the detection of and population screening for AF. Stroke and bleeding risk assessment continues to evolve, and the ongoing debate on balance between simplicity and practicality, against precision medicine will continue...
June 9, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596467/-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source
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Teruyuki Hirano
A new clinical construct, embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) was established as a therapeutically relevant entity, which are defined as a non-lacunar infarction without proximal arterial stenosis or cardioembolic sources, with a clear indication for anticoagulation, especially with direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC). The possible embolic sources include covert atrial fibrillation, arterial stenosis with <50%, low-risk emboligenic cardiac sources, aortic plaque, cancer-associated, and paradoxical embolism...
June 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595745/antithrombotic-regimens-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-coronary-artery-disease-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-focused-review
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Kay-Won Chang, Boris Arbit, Jonathan C Hsu
Atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease are common comorbidities with increasing incidences worldwide. About 5-15% of atrial fibrillation patients will require coronary stenting at some point in their lives, which necessitates dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and a P2Y12 antagonist. Triple therapy refers to the clinical scenario in which a patient is prescribed aspirin, P2Y12 antagonist, and oral anticoagulant, usually in the setting of atrial fibrillation. Current guidelines on atrial fibrillation do not offer strong recommendations on triple therapy management...
June 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592193/permanent-chronotropic-impairment-after-closure-of-atrial-or-ventricular-septal-defect
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Johan Heiberg, Camilla Nyboe, Vibeke E Hjortdal
OBJECTIVES: Atrial and ventricular septal defects are commonly closed surgically with low rates of post-operative morbidity, and the long-term outcome has widely been described as benign. Nevertheless, there is an increasing understanding of late morbidity, and the possibility of postoperative chronotropic impairment is continuously questioned. Furthermore, potentially abnormal chronotropic responses may be associated with the recently demonstrated overrepresentation of late arrhythmias...
June 8, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590907/real-practice-thromboprophylaxis-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Paola Deambrosis, Alessandra Bettiol, Jenny Bolcato, Roberta Pirolo, Giulia Franchin, Sakis Themistoclakis, Michele Pellizzari, Alessandro Chinellato, Pietro Giusti
This retrospective observational study was based on databases of the Local Health Authority of Treviso, Italy. It evaluated the prevalence and the effectiveness of oral anticoagulation treatment (OAT) for the management of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in everyday clinical practice. Out of 6,138 NVAF patients, only 3,024 received vitamin K antagonist (VKA). Potential barriers decreasing the probability of being treated with VKA were female sex, older age, antiplatelet treatment and history of bleeding...
June 27, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589690/perioperative-management-of-new-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-undergoing-elective-surgery-at-a-tertiary-hospital
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Henry Wamala, Ian A Scott, Xenia Caney
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of patients receiving new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are undergoing elective surgery. The extent to which perioperative interruption of NOAC therapy and use of bridging heparin are concordant with best evidence is uncertain. METHODS: Retrospective study of consecutive adult patients undergoing elective surgery at a tertiary hospital between January 1(st) 2014 and June 30(th) 2015 and were receiving NOACs for at least 3 months prior to surgery...
June 7, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588653/renal-cell-carcinoma-with-inferior-vena-cava-thrombus-extending-to-the-right-atrium-diagnosed-during-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Efe C Ghanney, Jaime A Cavallo, Matthew A Levin, Ramachandra Reddy, Jeffrey Bander, Maria Mella, Joanne Stone, Myron Schwartz, Kenneth Haines, Umesh Gidwani, Reza Mehrazin
Only one case of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombus diagnosed and treated during pregnancy has been reported in the literature. In that report, the tumor thrombus extended to the infrahepatic IVC (level II tumor thrombus). In the present case, a 37-year-old woman with lupus anticoagulant antibodies was diagnosed with RCC and IVC tumor thrombus extending to the right atrium (level IV tumor thrombus) at 24 weeks of pregnancy. The fetus was safely delivered by cesarean section at 30 weeks of gestation...
December 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584203/current-use-of-oral-anticoagulants-and-prognostic-analysis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-coronary-stenting
#18
Heng-Bo Zhai, Jun Liu, Zhi-Chao Dong, Dong-Xia Wang, Bo Zhang
BACKGROUND: It is currently believed that triple oral antithrombotic therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) should be recommended if there are no contraindications. However, selecting triple therapy for AF patients undergoing PCI is still challenging when bleeding risk is considered. This study aimed to investigate the current use of oral anticoagulants (Vitamin K antagonists [VKA]) and perform prognostic analysis in real-world patients with AF undergoing coronary stenting...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583340/perceived-sexual-difficulties-and-sexual-counseling-in-men-and-women-across-heart-diagnoses-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
#19
Lucas Rundblad, Ann Dorthe Zwisler, Pernille Palm Johansen, Teresa Holmberg, Nanna Schneekloth, Annamaria Giraldi
BACKGROUND: Ischemic heart disease and heart failure often lead to sexual difficulties in men, but little is known about the sexual difficulties in women and patients with other heart diagnoses or the level of information patients receive about the risk of sexual difficulties. AIM: To investigate perceived sexual difficulties and associated factors in a mixed population of men and women newly diagnosed with heart disease and provide insight into sexual counseling and information given by health care professionals...
June 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581881/prevalence-and-clinical-intentions-of-antithrombotic-therapy-on-discharge-to-hospice-care
#20
Christina A Kowalewska, Brie N Noble, Erik K Fromme, Mary Lynn McPherson, Kristi N Grace, Jon P Furuno
BACKGROUND: There are no guidelines for antithrombotic therapy on admission to hospice care. Antithrombotic therapy may offer some benefit in these patients, but is also associated with well-described risks. OBJECTIVE: We quantified the frequency and characteristics of patients prescribed antithrombotic therapy on discharge from acute care to hospice care. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. Settings/Subjects: Adult (age> = 21 years) patients discharged from acute care to hospice care between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2014...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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