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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535119/comparison-of-effectiveness-and-safety-of-treatment-with-apixaban-vs-other-oral-anticoagulants-among-elderly-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Steven Deitelzweig, Xuemei Luo, Kiran Gupta, Jeffrey Trocio, Jack Mardekian, Tammy Curtice, Melissa Lingohr-Smith, Brandy Menges, Jay Lin
OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk of stroke/systemic embolism (S/SE) and major bleeding (MB) of elderly (≥65 years of age) nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients initiating apixaban vs. rivaroxaban, dabigatran, or warfarin. METHODS: NVAF patients with Medicare Advantage coverage in the US initiating oral anticoagulants (OACs, index event) were identified from the Humana database (1/1/2013-9/30/2015) and grouped into cohorts depending on OAC initiated. Propensity score matching (PSM), 1:1, was conducted among patients treated with apixaban vs...
May 23, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534833/coagulating-colubrids-evolutionary-pathophysiological-and-biodiscovery-implications-of-venom-variations-between-boomslang-dispholidus-typus-and-twig-snake-thelotornis-mossambicanus
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Jordan Debono, James Dobson, Nicholas R Casewell, Anthony Romilio, Bin Li, Nyoman Kurniawan, Karine Mardon, Vera Weisbecker, Amanda Nouwens, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
Venoms can deleteriously affect any physiological system reachable by the bloodstream, including directly interfering with the coagulation cascade. Such coagulopathic toxins may be anticoagulants or procoagulants. Snake venoms are unique in their use of procoagulant toxins for predatory purposes. The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) and the twig snakes (Thelotornis species) are iconic African snakes belonging to the family Colubridae. Both species produce strikingly similar lethal procoagulant pathologies. Despite these similarities, antivenom is only produced for treating bites by D...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530526/warfarin-management-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-within-an-integrated-health-care-system
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JaeJin An, Fang Niu, Chengyi Zheng, Nazia Rashid, Robert A Mendes, Diana Dills, Lien Vo, Prianka Singh, Amanda Bruno, Daniel T Lang, Paul T Le, Kristin P Jazdzewski, Gustavus Aranda
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is a common treatment option to manage patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in clinical practice. Understanding current pharmacist-led anticoagulation clinic management patterns and associated outcomes is important for quality improvement; however, currently little evidence associating outcomes with management patterns exists. OBJECTIVES: To (a) describe warfarin management patterns and (b) evaluate associations between warfarin treatment and clinical outcomes for patients with NVAF in an integrated health care system...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530488/the-effect-of-angiojet-rheolytic-thrombectomy-in-the-endovascular-treatment-of-lower-extremity-deep-venous-thrombosis
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Mert Dumantepe, Ibrahim Uyar
Objective To evaluate the clinical safety and effectiveness of percutaneous rheolytic thrombectomy in patients with acute lower extremity deep venous thrombosis. Method Sixty-eight consecutive patients with acute massive lower extremity deep venous thrombosis were included in this retrospective study. A percutaneous rheolytic thrombectomy device (Angiojet ® Rheolytic thrombectomy catheter, Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA, USA) was used in all patients in an angiography suite through ipsilateral popliteal vein access...
January 1, 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528624/root-cause-analysis-of-adverse-events-in-an-outpatient-anticoagulation-management-consortium
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Christopher M Graves, Brian Haymart, Eva Kline-Rogers, Geoffrey D Barnes, Linda K Perry, Denise Pluhatsch, Nannette Gearhart, Helen Gikas, Noelle Ryan, Brian Kurtz
BACKGROUND: A number of factors can lead to adverse events (AEs) in patients taking warfarin. Performing a root cause analysis (RCA) of serious AEs is one systematic way of determining the causes of these events. METHODS: Multidisciplinary teams were formed at Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative (MAQI(2)) sites with organized anticoagulation management services (AMS). Medical records from patients who suffered serious AEs (major bleed, embolic stroke, venous thromboembolism) were reviewed, and AMS staff were interviewed to determine the root cause using the "5 Whys" technique...
June 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517021/low-discriminating-power-of-the-modified-ottawa-vte-risk-score-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-cancer-from-the-riete-registry
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Adriano Alatri, Lucia Mazzolai, Carme Font, Alfonso Tafur, Reina Valle, Pablo Javier Marchena, Aitor Ballaz, Eros Tiraferri, Llorenç Font, Manuel Monreal
Treatment of patients with cancer-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains a major challenge. The modified Ottawa score is a clinical prediction rule evaluating the risk of VTE recurrences during the first six months of anticoagulant treatment in patients with cancer-related VTE. We aimed to validate the Ottawa score using data from the RIETE registry. A total of 11,123 cancer patients with VTE were included in the analysis. According to modified Ottawa score, 2,343 (21 %) were categorised at low risk for VTE recurrences, 4,525 (41 %) at intermediate risk, and 4,255 (38 %) at high risk...
May 18, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516318/effect-of-apixaban-on-all-cause-death-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-meta-analysis-based-on-imputed-placebo-effect
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Patrícia O Guimarães, Renato D Lopes, Daniel M Wojdyla, Azmil H Abdul-Rahim, Stuart J Connolly, Greg C Flaker, Junyuan Wang, Michael Hanna, Christopher B Granger, Lars Wallentin, Kennedy R Lees, John H Alexander, John J V McMurray
PURPOSE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are the standard of care for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF); therefore, there is not equipoise when comparing newer oral anticoagulants with placebo in this setting. METHODS: To explore the effect of apixaban on mortality in patients with AF, we performed a meta-analysis of apixaban versus placebo using a putative placebo analysis based on randomized controlled clinical trials that compared warfarin, aspirin, and no antithrombotic control...
May 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516163/engineered-heparins-as-new-anticoagulant-drugs
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Deepika Vaidyanathan, Asher Williams, Jonathan S Dordick, Mattheos A G Koffas, Robert J Linhardt
Heparin is an anionic polysaccharide that is widely used as a clinical anticoagulant. This glycosaminoglycan is prepared from animal tissues in metric ton quantities. Animal-sourced heparin is also widely used in the preparation of low molecular weight heparins that are gaining in popularity as a result of their improved pharmacological properties. The recent contamination of pharmaceutical heparin together with concerns about increasing demand for this life saving drug and the fragility of the heparin supply chain has led the scientific community to consider other potential sources for heparin...
March 2017: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514122/-is-anti-thrombotic-prophylaxis-warranted-in-fertility-and-in-vitro-fertilization-treatments
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REVIEW
Enav Yefet, Amir Weiss
INTRODUCTION: Assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments are potential risk factors for thromboembolism (TE) due to excessive estrogen levels. Recently, several studies have shed new light on this matter. AIMS: To review the literature to assess the risk for TE during ART and to establish guidelines regarding thrombophylaxis. METHODS: A search was conducted of PubMed, Medline, Cochrane and clinicaltrials.gov. The search terms were fertility, assisted reproductive technology, IVF, thromboembolism, thrombosis and anticoagulation...
July 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509350/high-sodium-continuous-veno-venous-hemodialysis-with-regional-citrate-anticoagulation-and-online-dialysate-generation-in-patients-with-acute-liver-failure-and-cerebral-edema
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Tamim Hamdi, Lenar Yessayan, Jerry Yee, Balazs Szamosfalvi
INTRODUCTION: Acute liver failure is associated with a high mortality rate. Induction of plasma hypertonicity with mannitol or hypertonic saline remains the cornerstone in the management of resultant cerebral edema. Significant disadvantages of this approach include poor or unpredictable control of serum sodium concentration and volume expansion, among others. METHODS: We used high sodium continuous veno-venous hemodialysis with regional citrate anticoagulation and online dialysate generation to accurately control the serum sodium in eleven patients with acute liver failure, renal failure, and cerebral edema...
May 16, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504994/preoperative-low-dose-aspirin-exposure-and-outcomes-after-emergency-neurosurgery-for-traumatic-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-elderly-patients
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Alex T Lee, Arni Gagnidze, Sharon R Pan, Pimwan Sookplung, Bala Nair, Shu-Fang Newman, Alon Ben-Ari, Ahmed Zaky, Kevin Cain, Monica S Vavilala, Irene Rozet
BACKGROUND: Antiplatelet medications are usually discontinued before elective neurosurgery, but this is not an option for emergent neurosurgery. We performed a retrospective cohort study to examine whether preoperative aspirin use was associated with worse outcomes after emergency neurosurgery in elderly patients. METHODS: We analyzed all cases of emergency neurosurgical procedures for traumatic intracranial hemorrhage from 2008 to 2012 at a level 1 trauma center...
May 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503122/thrombosis-in-inherited-fibrinogen-disorders
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REVIEW
Wolfgang Korte, Man-Chiu Poon, Alfonso Iorio, Michael Makris
Although inherited fibrinogen disorders (IFD) are primarily considered to be bleeding disorders, they are associated with a higher thrombotic complication risk than defects in other clotting factors. Managing IFD patients with thrombosis is challenging as anticoagulant treatment may exacerbate the underlying bleeding risk which can be life-threatening. Due to the low prevalence of IFD, there is little information on pathophysiology or optimal treatment of thrombosis in these patients. We searched the literature for cases of thrombosis among IFD patients and identified a total of 128 patient reports...
April 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500649/a-comparative-study-using-thrombin-generation-and-three-different-inr-methods-in-patients-on-vitamin-k-antagonist-treatment
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N Riva, K Vella, S Meli, K Hickey, D Zammit, C Calamatta, M Makris, S Kitchen, W Ageno, A Gatt
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin K antagonist (VKA) treatment requires routine monitoring using the international normalized ratio (INR). However, different INR assays may vary in their results. The aim of this study was to assess the agreement of three different INR methods, compared with thrombin generation, in patients on VKA treatment. METHODS: Sixty patients attending the Anticoagulation Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital (Msida, Malta) for VKA monitoring between August and September 2015 were enrolled...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498066/atrial-fibrillation-in-pregnancy-a-growing-challenge
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Vasiliki Katsi, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Maria Marketou, Dimitrios Oikonomou, Fragiskos Parthenakis, Thomas Makris, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, P Vardas, Dimitris Tousoulis
Atrial fibrillation (AF) constitutes a relatively infrequent pregnancy complication, which may be a therapeutic Gordian knot. Indeed, sparse data exist regarding the prevalence, prognosis and management of AF during pregnancy. In general, AF occurs as a benign, self-limited arrhythmia but occasionally may have severe hemodynamic consequences in pregnant patients suffering from heart failure, congenital heart disease, or other comorbidities. Extra-cardiac causes of AF should always be meticulously excluded. Treatment decisions are difficult, since medications may cross placental barrier and potentially affect fetal growth and organogenesis or even result in fetal bradyarrhythmias...
May 12, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497379/-choosing-wisely-recommendations-in-cardiology
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REVIEW
K Werdan, S Baldus, N Frey, U Nixdorff, K-H Kuck, H Katus
This article describes controversially discussed Choosing wisely recommendations presented by the German Cardiac Society: anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation and "only" moderate stroke risk, on the one hand, and goal-directed low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol-lowering, on the other. Presuming an adequate regime, patients with atrial fibrillation and only moderate risk of stroke (CHA2DS2-VASc Score of 1 in men and of 2 in women) also benefit from anticoagulation therapy, even in elderly patients...
May 11, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496929/management-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-focus-on-treatment-options
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REVIEW
Pawel Matusik, Jacek Lelakowski, Barbara Malecka, Jacek Bednarek, Remigiusz Noworolski
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is leading cardiac arrhythmia with important clinical implications. Its diagnosis is usually made on the basis on 12-lead ECG or 24-hour Holter monitoring. More and more clinical evidence supports diagnostic use of cardiac event recorders and cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIED). Treatment options in patients with atrial fibrillation are extensive and are based on chosen rhythm and/or rate control strategy. The use and selected contraindications to AF related pharmacotherapy, including anticoagulants are shown...
October 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495536/neoaortoiliac-system-procedure-to-treat-infected-aortic-grafts
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Chris Klonaris, Nikolaos Patelis, Athanasios Katsargyris, Dimitrios Athanasiadis, Andreas Alexandrou, Theodoros Liakakos
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this case series is to report the results of our centre in the surgical treatment of infected abdominal aortic grafts using the neo-aortoiliac system (NAIS) procedure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Four male and two female patients underwent a NAIS repair after endovascular (n=3), open (n=2) or combined surgery (n=1) in our centre. Mean age was 73±5.2 years. Graft infection was diagnosed by computed tomography angiography (CTA) and only in two cases further imaging was necessary...
May 8, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495065/the-miniaturized-pediatric-continuous-flow-device-preclinical-assessment-in-the-chronic-sheep-model
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Iki Adachi, Sarah Burki, David Horne, Gil G Costas, Taylor Spangler, Robert Jarvik, John Teal, J Timothy Baldwin, Kurt Dasse, M Patricia Massicotte, Jeff Conger, William E Cohn, Charles D Fraser
BACKGROUND: The Infant Jarvik 2015 is an implantable axial-flow ventricular assist device (VAD) that has undergone the major evolutionary design modifications to improve hemocompatibility. This study was conducted in anticipation of data submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to obtain Investigational Device Exemption approval. METHODS: The VAD was implanted via a left thoracotomy in Barbado sheep (n = 10, 26 (19-34] kg). Anticoagulation was maintained with coumadin, with a target international normalized ratio of greater than the individual sheep's baseline values...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493216/appropriateness-of-oral-anticoagulants-for-the-long-term-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-older-people-results-of-an-evidence-based-review-and-international-consensus-validation-process-oac-forta-2016
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REVIEW
Martin Wehling, Ronan Collins, Victor M Gil, Olivier Hanon, Roland Hardt, Martin Hoffmeister, Pedro Monteiro, Terence J Quinn, Dieter Ropers, Giuseppe Sergi, Freek W A Verheugt
BACKGROUND: Age appropriateness of anticoagulants for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To review oral anticoagulants for the treatment of atrial fibrillation in older (age >65 years) people and to classify appropriate and inappropriate drugs based on efficacy, safety and tolerability using the Fit-fOR-The-Aged (FORTA) classification. METHODS: We performed a structured comprehensive review of controlled clinical trials and summaries of individual product characteristics to assess study and total patient numbers, quality of major outcome data and data of geriatric relevance...
May 10, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492485/sulfated-alginates-as-heparin-analogues-a-review-of-chemical-and-functional-properties
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REVIEW
Øystein Arlov, Gudmund Skjåk-Bræk
Heparin is widely recognized for its potent anticoagulating effects, but has an additional wide range of biological properties due to its high negative charge and heterogeneous molecular structure. This heterogeneity has been one of the factors in motivating the exploration of functional analogues with a more predictable modification pattern and monosaccharide sequence, that can aid in elucidating structure-function relationships and further be structurally customized to fine-tune physical and biological properties toward novel therapeutic applications and biomaterials...
May 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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