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Stefan Reers, Tolga Agdirlioglu, Michael Kellner, Matthias Borowski, Holger Thiele, Johannes Waltenberger, Michael Reppel
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) such as dabigatran or rivaroxaban are alternatives to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL). Incidences of risk factors for left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus formation, such as dense spontaneous echo contrast (SEC), low LAA velocity (LAAV) <20 cm/s under treatment with dabigatran and rivaroxaban in comparison with VKAs are unknown...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Yu-Yang Chen, Qi Liu, Li Liu, Xiao-Rong Shu, Zi-Zhuo Su, Hai-Feng Zhang, Ru-Qiong Nie, Jing-Feng Wang, Shuang-Lun Xie
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a risk factor for stroke and thromboembolism event. Left atrial or LA appendage (LA/LAA) thrombus is a surrogate of potential stroke. The relationship between MS and atrial thrombus remains unclear. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of MS on risk stratification of LA/LAA thrombus formation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 294 consecutive NVAF patients without prior anticoagulant and lipid-lowering therapies...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Xavier Freixa, Laura Llull, Sameer Gafoor, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Steffen Gloekler, Adel Aminian, Paolo Danna, Marco Rezzaghi, Friederike Stock, Miroslava Stolcova, Luis Paiva, Marco Costa, Xavier Millán, Reda Ibrahim, Tobias Tichelbäcker, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Horst Sievert, Bernhard Meier, Apostolos Tzikas
Cardioembolic strokes are generally more lethal and disabling than other source of strokes. Data from PROTECT AF (Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Technology for Embolic Protection in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation) suggest that strokes after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with the Watchman device are less disabling than those in the warfarin group. No data assessing the severity of strokes after LAAO with the AMPLATZER Cardiac Plug (ACP) are available. The objective of the study was to evaluate the severity of cerebrovascular events after LAAO with the ACP in a population mostly characterized by an absolute or relative contraindication to oral anticoagulation...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Giosuè Mascioli, Elena Lucca, Federica Michelotti, Giusy Alioto, Franco Santoro, Guido Belli, Cristina Rota, Ombretta Ornago, Giovanni Sirianni, Emanuela Pulcini, Matteo Pennesi, Carlo Savasta, Rosario Russo, Antonino Pitì
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have an increased thromboembolic risk, that can be estimated with risk scores an require sometimes oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT). Despite correct anticoagulation, some patients still develop left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) or thrombosis. The value of traditional risk scores (R2 CHADS2 , CHADS2 and CHA2 DS2 -VASc) in predicting such events remains controversial MATERIAL AND RESULTS: Aim of our study was to explore variables linked to severe SEC or atrial thrombosis and evaluate the performance of traditional risk scores in identifying these patients...
October 12, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Kuniko Yoshida, Masaru Obokata, Koji Kurosawa, Hidemi Sorimachi, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Kazuaki Negishi
BACKGROUND: Embolic stroke in atrial fibrillation is more prevalent in women than in men, yet the basis for this difference remains unclear. This study seeks to elucidate whether there are any sex differences in the relationships between stroke risk (CHADS2 score, CHA2DS2-VASc score without a sex category, and estimated stroke rate) and left atrial (LA) anatomy or mechanics in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: LA emptying fraction and global peak atrial longitudinal strain were assessed in 414 subjects with paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (156 women and 258 men)...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Francesco Pelliccia, Salvatore Rosanio, Giuseppe Marazzi, Sara Poggi, Alessandra Tanzilli, Cesare Greco, Carlo Gaudio, Giuseppe Rosano
The high risk of both stroke and major bleeding in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) defines an important population for whom the assessment of the balance between the risk of ischemic stroke and of bleeding is essential. The use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) may be a viable option in this population due to their greater net clinical benefit than warfarin, as demonstrated by the results of the clinical phase III trials. NOACs have been found to have a greater net clinical benefit than warfarin in patients at high risk of either stroke (CHADS2≥1 or CHA2DS2-VASc score≥2) or bleeding (HAS-BLED≥3)...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
David J Graham, Marsha E Reichman, Michael Wernecke, Ya-Hui Hsueh, Rima Izem, Mary Ross Southworth, Yuqin Wei, Jiemin Liao, Margie R Goulding, Katrina Mott, Yoganand Chillarige, Thomas E MaCurdy, Chris Worrall, Jeffrey A Kelman
Importance: Dabigatran and rivaroxaban are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants approved for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). There are no randomized head-to-head comparisons of these drugs for stroke, bleeding, or mortality outcomes. Objective: To compare risks of thromboembolic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), major extracranial bleeding including major gastrointestinal bleeding, and mortality in patients with nonvalvular AF who initiated dabigatran or rivaroxaban treatment for stroke prevention...
October 3, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
Y Chugh, R T Faillace
The risk stratification of patients with coexisting non valvular atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, is often a clinical challenge, as the definitions of congestive heart failure in the popular CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scoring systems, and amongst major clinical trials on Warfarin and Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOAC) have heterogeneity. Available evidence reveals that any heart failure and/or left ventricular systolic dysfunction is associated with higher rates of stroke/systemic embolism and bleeding in patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation compared to patients without heart failure and normal left ventricular function...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Sarah M Alyousif, Ahmed A Alsaileek
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common chronic rhythm disorder. Patients with AF are at an increased risk of ischemic stroke. Therefore, optimal anticoagulation is essential to reduce the risk of stroke. The aim of this study was to assess the level of anticoagulation control achieved in patients with nonvalvular AF receiving medical care in a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study in ambulatory care clinics at tertiary care hospital in Saudi Arabia...
October 2016: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
Aarti A Patel, Winnie W Nelson, Jeff Schein
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to report on the effect of using CHA2DS2VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years [doubled], type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus, stroke or transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism [doubled], vascular disease [prior myocardial infarction, peripheral artery disease, or aortic plaque], age 65-75 years, sex category [female]) rather than CHADS2 (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, and prior stroke) to determine candidacy for anticoagulant prophylaxis in insured patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Chien-Yi Hsu, Tz-Heng Chen, Yu-Wen Su, Chun-Chin Chang, Mu-Hong Chen, Hsin-Bang Leu, Po-Hsun Huang, Jaw-Wen Chen, Shing-Jong Lin
Atrial fibrillation (AF) secondary to seizure has been described in case reports, but the association between AF and risk of seizure has never been evaluated in longitudinal studies. The objectives of this study were to investigate the role of AF on the risk of development of seizure and the usefulness of CHADS2 score for predicting the risk of seizure. Our analyses were conducted using information from a random sample of 1 million subjects enrolled in Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. A total of 11,552 subjects aged ≥18 years, comprising 5,776 subjects diagnosed with AF during the study period and 5,776 age and sex-matched subjects without AF were enrolled in our study...
August 12, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Gregory Y H Lip, Albert L Waldo, John Ip, David T Martin, Malcolm M Bersohn, Wassim K Choucair, Joseph G Akar, Mark Wathen, Jonathan L Halperin
Implanted cardiac arrhythmia devices can detect atrial tachyarrhythmias (atrial high-rate episodes [AHREs]) that are considered to correlate with atrial fibrillation and risk of stroke. In the IMPACT trial, oral anticoagulation was initiated when AHREs were detected by implanted cardioverter-defibrillators and withdrawn when they abated, according to a protocol accounting both for AHRE duration as detected by remote device monitoring and stroke risk assessment. In this analysis, we ascertained determinants of time in therapeutic range (TTR) among protocol-determined vitamin K antagonist-treated patients during the trial...
August 31, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Timothy R Betts, Milena Leo, Sandeep Panikker, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Michael Koa-Wing, David Wyn Davies, David Hildick-Smith, Dylan G Wynne, Oliver Ormerod, Oliver R Segal, Anthony W Chow, Derick Todd, Sandra Cabrera Gomez, Graeme J Kirkwood, David Fox, Chris Pepper, John Foran, Tom Wong
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at assessing the feasibility and long-term efficacy of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) in a "real world" setting. BACKGROUND: Although LAAO has recently emerged as an alternative to oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation for the prevention of thromboembolic stroke, "real world" data about the procedure with different devices are lacking. METHODS: Eight centers in the United Kingdom contributed to a retrospective registry for LAAO procedures undertaken between July 2009 and November 2014...
September 21, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Erin A Woods, Margaret L Ackman, Michelle M Graham, Sheri L Koshman, Rosaleen M Boswell, Arden R Barry
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend triple antithrombotic therapy (TAT), defined as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), clopidogrel, and warfarin, for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation. The choice of anticoagulant/antiplatelet therapy in this population is ambiguous and complex, and prescribing patterns are not well documented. OBJECTIVE: To characterize local prescribing patterns for anticoagulant/antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation...
July 2016: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Joshua Buck, Peter Kaboli, Brian F Gage, Peter Cram, Mary S Vaughan Sarrazin
BACKGROUND: Although controversial, several prior studies have suggested that oral anticoagulants (OACs) are underused in the US atrial fibrillation (AF) population. Appropriate use of OACs is essential because they significantly reduce the risk of stroke in those with AF. In the >2 million Americans with AF, OACs are recommended when the risk of stroke is moderate or high but not when the risk of stroke is low. To quantify trends and guideline adherence, we evaluated OAC use (either warfarin or dabigatran) in a 10-year period in patients with new AF in the Veterans Health Administration...
September 2016: American Heart Journal
Jin-Tao Wu, Shan-Ling Wang, Ying-Jie Chu, De-Yong Long, Jian-Zeng Dong, Xian-Wei Fan, Hai-Tao Yang, Hong-Yan Duan, Li-Jie Yan, Peng Qian, Chao-Kuan Yang
Interatrial block (IAB) is associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the association of a combination of IAB and the CHADS2 score, an AF-related risk score for ischemic stroke, with new onset AF in patients in sinus rhythm. A total of 1,571 patients (803 males, 768 females; mean age: 58 ± 16 years) were included in this study. IAB was defined as a P-wave duration > 120 ms in the 12-lead electrocardiogram, and a high CHADS2 score as ≥ 2 points...
September 28, 2016: International Heart Journal
S F Song, X H Zhou, Baolatejiang Ruozha, M Wu, Y D Li, J H Zhang, Q Xing, Y M Lu, B P Tang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the current status of anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation(AF)in Xinjiang, and compare the two scoring systems(CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores) in determining the risk of strokes in AF patients in Xinjiang. METHODS: Subjects with AF were collected by searching the electronic and paper medical records from 35 hospitals in Xinjiang area during October 2013 to October 2014, and followed up for the incident strokes after 10 to 12 months...
September 1, 2016: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Vivian Wing-Yan Lee, Ronald Bing-Ching Tsai, Ines Hang-Iao Chow, Bryan Ping-Yen Yan, Mehmet Gungor Kaya, Jai-Wun Park, Yat-Yin Lam
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is a promising therapy for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) but its cost-effectiveness remains understudied. This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of LAAO for stroke prophylaxis in NVAF. METHODS: A Markov decision analytic model was used to compare the cost-effectiveness of LAAO with 7 pharmacological strategies: aspirin alone, clopidogrel plus aspirin, warfarin, dabigatran 110 mg, dabigatran 150 mg, apixaban, and rivaroxaban...
2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Paul Khairy, Jamil Aboulhosn, Craig S Broberg, Scott Cohen, Stephen Cook, Annie Dore, Susan M Fernandes, Anne Fournier, Joseph Kay, Sylvie Levesque, Laurent Macle, François Marcotte, Blandine Mondésert, François-Pierre Mongeon, Alexander R Opotowsky, Anna Proietti, Lena Rivard, Jennifer Ting, Bernard Thibault, Ali Zaidi, Robert Hamilton
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data to guide decisions regarding thromboprophylaxis for atrial arrhythmias in congenital heart disease. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter cohort study enrolled patients with documented sustained atrial arrhythmias and congenital heart disease from 12 North American centers to quantify thromboembolic and bleeding rates associated with antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapy, and explore associated factors. A blinded committee adjudicated all qualifying arrhythmias and outcomes...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Mikhael F El-Chami, Faisal M Merchant, Paige Smith, Mathew Levy, Angela Gill Nelms, John Merlino, John Puskas, Angel R Leon
BACKGROUND: New-onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) occurs in up to 30% of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). POAF is associated with short- and long-term mortality. METHODS: To identify the true incidence and time course of recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with POAF, we prospectively assigned 23 patients with POAF to receive an implantable loop recorder (ILR; Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) for the detection of recurrent AF...
October 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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