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Justin M Cloutier, Clarence Khoo, Brett Hiebert, Anthony Wassef, Colette M Seifer
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness of a physician notification system for atrial fibrillation (AF) detected on cardiac devices, and to assess predictors of anticoagulation in patients with device-detected AF. METHODS: In 2013, a physician notification system for AF detected on a patient's CIED [including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices] was implemented, with a recommendation to consider oral anticoagulation in high-risk patients...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Bülent Özin, Kudret Aytemir, Özgür Aslan, Türkay Özcan, Mehmet Kanadaşı, Mesut Demir, Mustafa Gökçe, Mehmet Murat Sucu, Murat Özdemir, Zerrin Yiğit, Mustafa Ferzeyn Yavuzkır, Ali Oto
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to define clinical practice patterns for assessing stroke and bleeding risks and thromboprophylaxis in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and to evaluate treatment outcomes and patient quality of life. METHODS: A clinical surveillance study was conducted in 10 tertiary healthcare centers across Turkey. Therapeutic approaches and persistence with initial treatment were recorded at baseline, the 6th month, and the 12th month in NVAF patients...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Sakiko Miyazaki, Katsumi Miyauchi, Hidemori Hayashi, Ryota Tanaka, Shuko Nojiri, Tadashi Miyazaki, Masataka Sumiyoshi, Satoru Suwa, Yuji Nakazato, Takao Urabe, Nobutaka Hattori, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has evolved with the development of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), but data on their clinical effectiveness and safety outside clinical trial settings are limited. METHOD: The RAFFINE registry is an observational, multicenter, prospective registry of Japanese patients with AF, designed to follow clinical events over 3 years. Patient enrollment was conducted from 2013 to 2015 at university hospitals, general hospitals, and private clinics to ensure inclusion of a broad spectrum of representative AF patients...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Charan Yerasi, Mohamad Lazkani, Prathik Kolluru, Varun Miryala, Jae Kim, Harsha Moole, Abhishek C Sawant, Michael Morris, Ashish Pershad
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is a promising intervention for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Early outcomes following LAAO have been published in many studies with variable results. OBJECTIVE: This updated meta-analysis aims to provide a summary of the early outcomes of LAAO. METHODS: Medline/Pubmed, Ovid Journals, Clinical trials, Abstract meetings, Cochrane databases were searched from January 1st, 1999 to November 30th, 2016...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Rixia Liu, Xiaomeng Yang, Shuya Li, Yong Jiang, Yilong Wang, Yongjun Wang
It is important to identify candidates who warrant extended cardiac monitoring after ischemic stroke. We investigated the predictive performance of the CHADS2 and CHA2 DS2 -VASc scores for previously unknown atrial fibrillation during in-hospital electrocardiographic monitoring. Patients were selected from a prospective trial in China. The clinical prediction of the scores was examined using the C statistic. Multivariate logistic regressions were performed to analyze the relevant risk factors. Among 1315 patients enrolled in study, previously unknown atrial fibrillation was detected in 110 (8...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Jose María Mostaza, Carmen Suárez Fernández, Luis Castilla Guerra, Josep Maria Suriñach, Juan José Tamarit, José Luis Diaz Diaz, Iluminada García Polo, Esther Francia Santamaria, María Angeles Fidalgo Fernández, Carla de la Guerra Acebal, Meliton Francisco Dávila Ramos, Carles Ràfols
AIM: To analyze the use of oral anticoagulants in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation in clinical practice. PATIENTS & METHODS: Cross-sectional and multicenter study performed in atrial fibrillation patients ≥75 years treated with oral anticoagulants ≥3 months. RESULTS: 837 patients (83.0 ± 5.0 years; CHA2 DS2 -VASc 5.0 ± 1.4; HAS-BLED 2.1 ± 0.9; 70.8% vitamin K antagonists; 29.2% direct oral anticoagulants [DOACs]) were included...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Mohinder Vindhyal, Shravani R Vindhyal, Travis Haneke, Paul M Ndunda, Freidy Eid, K James Kallail
Introduction Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, affects approximately 2.3 million patients in the United States, costing around $26 billion. Atrial fibrillation is associated with a two- to seven-fold increased risk of stroke, one of the most serious complications. Chronic kidney disease affects approximately 13% of the US population and has been associated with higher rates of AF than the general population. In patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the risk of stroke increases as the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) decreases, especially in CKD stages three and four...
December 11, 2017: Curēus
Flemming J Olsen, Rasmus Møgelvang, Gorm B Jensen, Jan S Jensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate whether left atrial (LA) functional measures predict atrial fibrillation (AF) in the general population. BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests LA functional measures are predictors of AF in several patient groups. METHODS: In a community-based cohort study, approximately 2,000 individuals underwent a transthoracic echocardiogram. Conventional echocardiographic measures and extended LA measures, including the minimal and maximal LA volumes (LAVmin and LAVmax , respectively) and left atrial emptying fraction (LAEF), were performed...
February 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Hiroaki Shimokawa, Takeshi Yamashita, Shinichiro Uchiyama, Takanari Kitazono, Wataru Shimizu, Takanori Ikeda, Masahiro Kamouchi, Koichi Kaikita, Koji Fukuda, Hideki Origasa, Ichiro Sakuma, Keijiro Saku, Yasuo Okumura, Yuichiro Nakamura, Hideo Morimoto, Naoki Matsumoto, Akihito Tsuchida, Junya Ako, Nobuyoshi Sugishita, Shogo Shimizu, Hirotsugu Atarashi, Hiroshi Inoue
AIMS: The EXPAND study examined the real-world efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism (SE) in Japanese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS AND RESULTS: This multicenter, prospective, non-interventional, observational, cohort study was conducted at 684 medical centers in Japan. A total of 7141 NVAF patients ≥20 years of age (mean, 71.6 ± 9.4 years) who were being or about to be treated with rivaroxaban (10 mg/day, 43...
February 3, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Mark R Heckle, Cody W McCoy, Oluwaseun A Akinseye, Rami N Khouzam
Background: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM), also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy has a favorable prognosis with expected recovery in weeks. Left ventricular (LV) thrombus is a known complication of TCM, which can lead to embolization and potentially a stroke. The prevalence of LV thrombus and the role of anticoagulation have yet to be fully defined in this condition. Methods: We performed a search of published literature through PubMed and Scopus, which identified 282 patients with TCM in whom the incidence of LV thrombus and/or thromboembolic event was reported...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
Nicholas Farinola, Gillian E Caughey, J Simon Bell, Sally Johns, Milka Hauta-Aho, Sepehr Shakib
Background: Little is known about changes in prescribing practices in Australia since the introduction of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Our objective was to examine if the availability of DOACs has coincided with a change in prescribing of oral anticoagulants in older hospital inpatients with regard to risk factors for stroke and bleeding. Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted between October 2012 and August 2015 of inpatients aged over 60 years initiated on an oral anticoagulant in a large metropolitan, tertiary referral, public teaching hospital in Australia...
February 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Juan Zhang, Xingpeng Liu, Xiaoqing Liu, Xiandong Yin, Yanjiang Wang, Xiaoying Lu, Xinchun Yang
We assessed the thromboembolic risks of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who had undergone radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using the CHADS2-VASc risk scoring system and further investigated the patterns of warfarin use for thromboprophylaxis according to patient thromboembolic risk scores.In this study, we analyzed the stroke risks of patients who had undergone RFA for AF at our hospital between March 2014 and June 2016 using the CHADS2, CHADS2-VASc, and Hypertension, Abnormal renal/liver function, Stroke, Bleeding history or predisposition, Labile international normalized ratio, Elderly (> 65 years) (HAS-BLED) scoring systems...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Finlay A McAlister, Scott Garrison, Leanne Kosowan, Justin A Ezekowitz, Alexander Singer
BACKGROUND: As questions have been raised about the appropriateness of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) dosing among outpatients with atrial fibrillation, we examined this issue in patients being managed by primary care providers. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a retrospective cohort new-user study using electronic medical records from 744 Canadian primary care clinicians. Potentially inappropriate DOAC prescribing was defined as prescribing lower or higher doses than those recommended by guidelines for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation...
January 26, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Jengyuan Wu, Chienming Liu, Shangsen Lee, Yuhung Kuo, Tengfu Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Patients with thoracic empyema have an increased risk of mortality, but their absolute rate of mortality depends on age and comorbidities. OBJECTIVE: This study seeks to assess the predictive value of the Charlson Comorbidity Index score (CCIS), CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores for mortality risk in patients with empyema thoracis. METHODS: From Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database we identified a total of 484 participants diagnosed with thoracic empyema...
January 19, 2018: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
Fotios Barkas, Moses Elisaf, Sempastian Filippas Ntekouan, Eleni Pappa, Evangelos Liberopoulos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Atherosclerosis
Fotios Barkas, Evangelos Liberopoulos, Eleftherios Klouras, Aggelos Liontos, George Liamis, Moses Elisaf
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Atherosclerosis
Po-Chao Hsu, Wen-Hsien Lee, Hsiang-Chun Lee, Wei-Chung Tsai, Chun-Yuan Chu, Ying-Chih Chen, Chee-Siong Lee, Tsung-Hsien Lin, Wen-Chol Voon, Sheng-Hsiung Sheu, Ho-Ming Su
The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a reliable diagnostic examination for peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). We previously reported CHADS2 score was significantly correlated with PAOD. However, the association between CHA2DS2-VASc score and ABI < 0.9 is not evaluated in the literature. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether CHA2DS2-VASc score has a strong association with PAOD. We enrolled 1482 patients in this study. PAOD was defined as ABI < 0.9 in either leg. Vascular disease in CHA2DS2-VASc score was modified as vascular disease except PAOD...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Paweł Balsam, Krzysztof Ozierański, Agata Tymińska, Katarzyna Żukowska, Martyna Zaleska, Katarzyna Szepietowska, Kacper Maciejewski, Michał Peller, Marcin Grabowski, Piotr Lodziński, Anna Praska-Ogińska, Inna Zaboyska, Łukasz Kołtowski, Anna Kowalczuk, Janusz Bednarski, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: The first line drugs for treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which are preferred over vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). There is some evidence that an everyday clinical practice is distant from the guidelines. AIM: The study aimed to compare characteristics of patients on VKAs, dabigatran and rivaroxaban met in everyday practice (i.e. baseline characteristics, drugs' doses, risk factors of bleeding and thromboembolic events)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Rajiv Mahajan, Tharani Perera, Adrian D Elliott, Darragh J Twomey, Sharath Kumar, Dian A Munwar, Kashif B Khokhar, Anand Thiyagarajah, Melissa E Middeldorp, Chrishan J Nalliah, Jeroen M L Hendriks, Jonathan M Kalman, Dennis H Lau, Prashanthan Sanders
Aims: To determine stroke risk in subclinical atrial fibrillation (AF) and temporal association between subclinical AF and stroke. Methods and results: Pubmed/Embase was searched for studies reporting stroke in subclinical AF in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). After exclusions, 11 studies were analysed. Of these seven studies reported prevalence of subclinical AF, two studies reported association between subclinical and clinical AF, seven studies reported stroke risk in subclinical AF, and five studies reported temporal relationship between subclinical AF and stroke...
January 10, 2018: European Heart Journal
Mitra Daneshvar, Nayan Desai, John Andriulli, Matthew Ortman, Eben Eno, Krystal Hunter, Andrea M Russo
Almost 25% of patients with heart failure (HF) have coexisting atrial fibrillation (AF), the latter of which may increase morbidity and mortality. Despite the high prevalence of HF with concomitant AF, this subgroup of patients remains understudied. This study examines gender differences in presentation, treatment and in-hospital outcome of patients with HF and AF. The Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) database enrolled 6,496 patients with HF who presented to Cooper University Hospital from 2005 to 2012...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
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