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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336387/the-word-heart-federation-roadmap-for-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Adrianna Murphy, Amitava Banerjee, Günter Breithardt, A John Camm, Patrick Commerford, Ben Freedman, J Antonio Gonzalez-Hermosillo, Jonathan L Halperin, Chu-Pak Lau, Pablo Perel, Denis Xavier, David Wood, Xavier Jouven, Carlos A Morillo
BACKGROUND: The World Heart Federation has undertaken an initiative to develop a series of Roadmaps to promote development of national policies and health systems approaches, and to identify potential roadblocks on the road to effective prevention, detection, and management of cardiovascular disease in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and develop strategies for overcoming these. This Roadmap focuses on atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is the most common, clinically significant arrhythmia and, among other clinical outcomes, is associated with increased risk of stroke...
March 20, 2017: Global Heart
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/28329309/changes-in-oral-anticoagulation-for-elective-cardioversion-results-from-a-european-cardioversion-registry
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Judit Papp, Endre Zima, Ramon Bover, Rasa Karaliute, Andrea Rossi, Catherine Szymanski, Rossella Troccoli, Jonas Schneider, Morten Wang Fagerland, A John Camm, Dan Atar
Aims: In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) pharmacological or electrical cardioversion may be performed to restore sinus rhythm. The procedure is associated with an increased risk of thromboembolic events, which can be significantly reduced by adequate anticoagulation (OAC). Our aim was to create a partly prospective, partly retrospective cardioversion registry, particularly focusing on OAC strategies in different European countries, and on emerging choice of OAC over time. Methods: From September 2014 to October 2015, cardioversions due to AF performed in six European city hospitals in five European countries (Hungary: Budapest-1 and -2; Italy: Bari and Pisa; France: Amiens; Spain: Madrid; and Lithuania: Kaunas) were recorded in the registry...
March 17, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325518/the-impact-of-age-and-gender-on-right-ventricular-diastolic-function-among-healthy-adults
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Antonello D'Andrea, Olga Vriz, Andreina Carbone, Francesco Ferrara, Marco Di Maio, Rosangela Cocchia, Gianluigi Tagliamonte, Edwige Acri, Caterina Driussi, Enrica Pezzullo, Rodolfo Citro, Antonio Cittadini, Raffaele Calabrò, Maria Giovanna Russo, Eduardo Bossone
BACKGROUND: Doppler echocardiography is ideally suited for assessment of diastolic function, being widely available, non-invasive, and less expensive than other techniques. However, data regarding age- and gender-matched reference values of right ventricular diastolic function are limited. This study aims to explore the physiologic variations of right ventricle (RV) diastolic function in a large cohort of healthy adults, and to investigate clinical and echocardiographic correlates. METHODS: From June 2007 to February 2014, 1168 healthy Caucasian subjects [mean age 45...
March 18, 2017: 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
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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/28321237/management-and-risk-factor-control-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-elderly-versus-nonelderly-a-multicenter-registry
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Arintaya Phrommintikul, Rungroj Krittayaphong, Wanwarang Wongcharoen, Smonporn Boonyaratavej, Chaiyasith Wongvipaporn, Woraporn Tiyanon, Pakaphan Dinchuthai, Rapeephon Kunjara-Na-Ayudhya, Pyatat Tatsanavivat, Piyamitr Sritara
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of death in elderly because aging is the important non-modifiable risk factors of atherosclerosis and also a predictor of poor outcomes. Underuse of guideline directed therapy may contribute to suboptimal risk factor control and worse outcomes in the elderly. We aimed to explore the management of CAD, risk factors control as well as goal attainment in elderly compared to nonelderly CAD patients. METHODS: The CORE-Thailand is an ongoing multicenter, prospective, observational registry of patients with high atherosclerotic risk in Thailand...
December 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302294/a-test-in-context-e-a-and-e-e-to-assess-diastolic-dysfunction-and-lv-filling-pressure
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REVIEW
Sumeet S Mitter, Sanjiv J Shah, James D Thomas
Diastolic dysfunction represents a combination of impaired left ventricular (LV) relaxation, restoration forces, myocyte lengthening load, and atrial function, culminating in increased LV filling pressures. Current Doppler echocardiography guidelines recommend using early to late diastolic transmitral flow velocity (E/A) to assess diastolic function, and E to early diastolic mitral annular tissue velocity (E/e') to estimate LV filling pressures. Although both parameters have important diagnostic and prognostic implications, they should be interpreted in the context of a patient's age and the rest of the echocardiogram to describe diastolic function and guide patient management...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291892/association-of-preceding-antithrombotic-treatment-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-severity-and-in-hospital-outcomes-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Ying Xian, Emily C O'Brien, Li Liang, Haolin Xu, Lee H Schwamm, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Eric E Smith, DaiWai M Olson, Lesley Maisch, Deidre Hannah, Brianna Lindholm, Barbara L Lytle, Michael J Pencina, Adrian F Hernandez, Eric D Peterson
Importance: Antithrombotic therapies are known to prevent stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but are often underused in community practice. Objectives: To examine the prevalence of patients with acute ischemic stroke with known history of AF who were not receiving guideline-recommended antithrombotic treatment before stroke and to determine the association of preceding antithrombotic therapy with stroke severity and in-hospital outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective observational study of 94 474 patients with acute ischemic stroke and known history of AF admitted from October 2012 through March 2015 to 1622 hospitals participating in the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program...
March 14, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287212/-the-pacemaker-and-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-registry-of-the-italian-association-of-arrhythmology-and-cardiac-pacing-annual-report-2015
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Alessandro Proclemer, Massimo Zecchin, Antonio D'Onofrio, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanni Luca Botto, Domenico Facchin, Luca Rebellato, Marco Ghidina, Giulia Bianco, Emanuela Bernardelli, Elsa Pucher, Dario Gregori
BACKGROUND: The pacemaker (PM) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) Registry of the Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing (AIAC) monitors the main epidemiological data in real-world practice. The survey for the 2015 activity collects information about demographics, clinical characteristics, main indications for PM/ICD therapy and device types from the Italian collaborating centers. METHODS: The Registry collects prospectively national PM and ICD implantation activity on the basis of European cards...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
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/28276567/patient-values-and-preferences-for-antithrombotic-therapy-in-atrial-fibrillation-a-narrative-systematic-review
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Peter S Loewen, Angela Tianshu Ji, Anita Kapanen, Alison McClean
Guidelines recommend that patients' values and preferences should be considered when selecting stroke prevention therapy for atrial fibrillation (SPAF). However, doing so is difficult, and tools to assist clinicians are sparse. We performed a narrative systematic review to provide clinicians with insights into the values and preferences of AF patients for SPAF antithrombotic therapy. Narrative systematic review of published literature from database inception. RESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1) What are patients' AF and SPAF therapy values and preferences? 2) How are SPAF therapy values and preferences affected by patient factors? 3) How does conveying risk information affect SPAF therapy preferences? and 4) What is known about patient values and preferences regarding novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for SPAF? Twenty-five studies were included...
March 9, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262911/echocardiographic-predictors-of-outcome-in-acute-heart-failure-patients-in-sub-saharan-africa-insights-from-thesus-hf
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Mahmoud U Sani, Beth A Davison, Gad Cotter, Albertino Damasceno, Bongani M Mayosi, Okechukwu S Ogah, Charles Mondo, Anastase Dzudie, Dike B Ojji, Charles Kouam Kouam, Ahmed Suliman, Gerald Yonga, Sergine Abdou Ba, Fikru Maru, Bekele Alemayehu, Christopher Edwards, Karen Sliwa
BACKGROUND: The role of echocardiography in the risk stratification of acute heart failure (HF) is unknown. Some small studies and retrospective analyses have found little change in echocardiographic variables during admission for acute HF and some echocardiographic parameters were not found to be associated with outcomes. It is unknown which echocardiographic variables will predict outcomes in sub-Saharan African patients admitted with acute HF. Using echocardiograms, this study aimed to determine the predictors of death and re-admissions within 60 days and deaths up to 180 days in patients with acute heart failure...
January 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255434/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-target-specific-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-the-real-life-evidence
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REVIEW
Vincenzo Russo, Anna Rago, Riccardo Proietti, Federica Di Meo, Andrea Antonio Papa, Paolo Calabrò, Antonio D'Onofrio, Gerardo Nigro, Ahmed AlTurki
The aim of our article is to provide a concise review for clinicians entailing the main studies that evaluated the efficacy and safety of target-specific oral anticoagulants (TSOAs) for thromboembolic stroke prevention in the real-world setting. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common supraventricular arrhythmias that requires anticoagulation therapy to prevent stroke and systemic embolism. TSOAs, dabigatran, apixaban and rivaroxaban have become available as an alternative to warfarin anticoagulation in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245247/effectiveness-and-usage-of-a-decision-support-system-to-improve-stroke-prevention-in-general-practice-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Derk L Arts, Ameen Abu-Hanna, Stephanie K Medlock, Henk C P M van Weert
BACKGROUND: Adherence to guidelines pertaining to stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation is poor. Decision support systems have shown promise in increasing guideline adherence. AIMS: To improve guideline adherence with a non-obtrusive clinical decision support system integrated in the workflow. Secondly, we seek to capture reasons for guideline non-adherence. DESIGN AND SETTING: A cluster randomized controlled trial in Dutch general practices...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238569/guideline-adherent-therapy-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-different-health-care-settings-results-from-ramses-study
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Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Murat Biteker, Fatma Özpamuk Karadeniz, Ahmet İlker Tekkesin, Yasin Çakıllı, Ceyhan Türkkan, Mehmet Hamidi, Vahit Demir, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Müjgan Tek Öztürk, Gökhan Aksan, Sabri Seyis, Mehmet Ballı, Mehmet Hayri Alıcı, Serdar Bozyel, Cevat Kırma
OBJECTIVE: No studies have been conducted in Turkey to compare the quality of stroke prevention therapies provided in different healthcare settings in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, we aimed to evaluate possible differences between secondary (SH) and tertiary hospital (TH) settings in the effectiveness of implementing AF treatment strategies. METHODS: Baseline characteristics of 6273 patients with non-valvular AF enrolled in the RAMSES (ReAl-life Multicentre Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies in Turkey) study were compared...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238163/use-of-rivaroxaban-in-patients-with-stroke
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REVIEW
Danilo Toni, Antonio Carolei, Valeria Caso, Domenico Consoli, Massimo Del Sette, Domenico Inzitari, Maurizio Melis, Giuseppe Micieli, Leandro Provinciali, Stefano Ricci, Paola Santalucia, Vito Toso
Rivaroxaban, an inhibitor of Factor Xa, is a direct oral anti-coagulant that has been found to be non-inferior to warfarin in preventing cerebral ischemia in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and in the subgroup of patients with a history of the previous stroke or transient ischemic attack. Vascular neurologists in daily clinical practice may encounter patients taking rivaroxaban or patients who may benefit from its use. In this paper, we review the current clinical indications, contraindications, and clinical management guidelines for rivaroxaban while providing a special focus on neurological aspects and expert opinions on rivaroxaban therapy management in various situations that a neurologist may encounter when treating patients with an ischemic stroke (including those requiring intravenous or intra-arterial reperfusion therapy) and patients with an intracerebral hemorrhage...
February 25, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236004/-edoxaban-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-treatment-of-venous-thromboembolism-an-expert-position-paper
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REVIEW
Thomas W Weiss, Miklos Rohla, Benjamin Dieplinger, Hans Domanovits, Dietmar Fries, Milan R Vosko, Thomas Gary, Cihan Ay
Edoxaban is the most recent available representative of the Non-Vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC). The approval was based on the largest phase III trials of NOACs for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF, ENGAGE-AF), and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE, HOKUSAI-VTE). In both trials, edoxaban was associated with similar efficacy and a significant reduction in bleeding events with respect to the pre-defined primary safety endpoints, as compared to warfarin...
February 24, 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
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/28224928/impact-of-right-ventricular-function-on-outcome-of-severe-aortic-stenosis-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Edward Koifman, Romain Didier, Nirav Patel, Zack Jerusalem, Sarkis Kiramijyan, Itsik Ben-Dor, Smita I Negi, Zuyue Wang, Steven A Goldstein, Michael J Lipinski, Rebecca Torguson, Jiaxiang Gai, Augusto D Pichard, Lowell F Satler, Ron Waksman, Federico M Asch
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction was shown to be associated with adverse outcomes in a variety of cardiac patients and is considered a risk factor for adverse outcome according to the updated Valve Academic Research Consortium criteria. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to assess the impact of RV function at baseline on 1-year mortality among patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: All patients with severe AS treated with TAVR from May 2007 to March 2015 at our center were included in the present study, and baseline and procedural characteristics were recorded for each patient...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217309/qrs-duration-versus-morphology-and-survival-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Mand J H Khidir, Victoria Delgado, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Martin J Schalij, Jeroen J Bax
AIMS: The prognostic implications of QRS duration and morphology in heart failure patients treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) remains debated. The present evaluation investigated the association between QRS duration (<150 vs. ≥150 ms) and QRS morphology (left bundle brand block [LBBB] vs. non-LBBB) and long-term prognosis of a large cohort of unselected heart failure patients treated with CRT according to contemporary guidelines. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 973 heart failure patients treated with CRT (mean age 66...
February 2017: ESC Heart Failure
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