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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431065/cha2ds2-vasc-score-and-blood-biomarkers-to-identify-patients-with-atrial-high-rate-episodes-and-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Paulina Wakula, Benjamin Neumann, Jens Kienemund, Eva Thon-Gutschi, Tatjana Stojakovic, Martin Manninger, Daniel Scherr, Hubert Scharnagl, Martin Kapl, Burkert Pieske, Frank R Heinzel
Aims: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often asymptomatic but nonetheless harmful. We evaluated the performance of disease-related blood biomarkers and CHA2DS2-VASc score to discriminate for PAF in patients with continuous rhythm monitoring. Methods and Results: Clinical data and blood samples were obtained from patients with dual-chamber pacemakers selected according to the absence (no_AHRE) or presence of Atrial High-Rate Episodes (AHRE) >6 min in recent device history (case-control approach)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427735/comparison-of-frequency-and-characteristics-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-having-ablation-with-versus-without-coronary-narrowing-%C3%A2-50-by-angiography
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Toshiro Tomomatsu, Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Yoshihiro Ikai, Naoki Shibata, Kazuhito Tsuzuki, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
Atrial fibrillation (AF) shares background comorbidities with coronary artery disease (CAD), including hypertension and diabetes mellitus. The aim of the study is to evaluate the prevalence, risk factors, and prognostic significance of CAD among patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF. In 544 consecutive registered patients who underwent catheter ablation for AF (CHADS2 score 1.2 ± 1.1, paroxysmal AF 57%), quantitative coronary angiography was used to detect CAD, defined as luminal narrowing of ≥50% in diameter...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416976/rationale-and-design-of-assaf-k-a-study-of-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-anticoagulant-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-kanagawa
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Yutaka Hatori, Hiroyuki Sakai, Tomoyuki Kunishima, Nobuo Hatori, Lin Chen, Tomoaki Ishigami, Naoki Satoh
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmias associated with substantially increased risks of ischemic stroke and thromboembolism. Oral anticoagulants (OACs) are the cornerstone of AF management and effectively prevent AF-related stroke. As new non-vitamin K antagonist OACs (NOACs) have become available, the landscape of stroke prevention in AF has changed. However, there are considerable gaps between daily clinical practice and current guideline-based recommendations for anticoagulant therapy in Japan...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416974/major-determinants-for-the-selecting-antithrombotic-therapies-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-japan-japaf-study
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Koichi Kusakawa, Kouji H Harada, Tatsuo Kagimura, Akio Koizumi
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulants (OACs) can help prevent stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). The aim of this study was to characterize the use of OACs other than direct thrombin inhibitors (DTIs) for NVAF. METHODS: Patients with NVAF taking antithrombotics other than DTIs were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Patient demographics and medication history were collected, and the patients were classified as taking antiplatelet monotherapy (AP), anticoagulant monotherapy (AC), or combination therapy (AP+AC)...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410424/trends-in-the-prevalence-and-management-of-pre-stroke-atrial-fibrillation-the-south-london-stroke-register-1995-2014
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Vageesh Jain, Iain J Marshall, Siobhan L Crichton, Christopher McKevitt, Anthony G Rudd, Charles D A Wolfe
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have found low use of anticoagulation prior to stroke, in people with atrial fibrillation (AF). This study examined data on patients with AF-related stroke from a population-based stroke register, and sought to examine changes in management of AF prior to stroke, and reasons for suboptimal treatment, in those who were known to be at a high risk of stroke. METHODS: The South London Stroke Register (SLSR) is an ongoing population-based register recording first-in-a-lifetime stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402476/silent-atrial-fibrillation-in-pacemaker-early-post-implantation-period-an-unintentionally-provoked-situation
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Juan Benezet-Mazuecos, José Antonio Iglesias, Marcelino Cortés, José Manuel Rubio, Juan José de la Vieja, Ana Del Río, Pepa Sanchez-Borque, Ángel Miracle, Jerónimo Farré
Aims: Atrial high-rate episodes (AHREs) compatible with silent AF detected in pacemakers (PM) are related to an increased risk of stroke and silent ischaemic brain lesions (IBL) on CT scan. AHREs soon after PM implantation could be related with the procedure itself and the prognosis might be different. Methods and results: We analysed the incidence of AHREs >5 min and the presence of silent IBL in 110 patients (56% men, aged 75 ± 9 year-old) with PM and no history of AF, in relation to time from implantation (≤3 months vs...
April 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398381/-prevalence-of-atrial-fibrillation-treatment-eligibility-and-consumption-of-oral-anticoagulants-in-italian-local-health-authorities-impact-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
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Felicita Andreotti, Daniela D'Angela, R Letizia Mancusi, Federico Spandonaro
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) increases significantly the risk of comorbidities and premature death. This paper aims to estimate: 1) the current prevalence of AF in Italy as a whole and within individual local health authorities (LHA); 2) the proportion of strongly eligible patients receiving oral anticoagulants; 3) the impact of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: The prevalence of AF and the proportion of patients strongly eligible for anticoagulant treatment (defined by a CHADS2 score ≥2) were obtained by applying the results of a systematic literature search to the Italian population stratified by gender, age and LHA...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392100/risk-prediction-for-ischemic-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack-in-patients-without-atrial-fibrillation-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Zhong Yuan, Erica A Voss, Frank J DeFalco, Guohua Pan, Patrick B Ryan, Daniel Yannicelli, Christopher Nessel
BACKGROUND: Stroke mainly occurs in patients without atrial fibrillation (AF). This study explored risk prediction models for ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in patients without AF. METHODS: Three US-based healthcare databases (Truven MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters [CCAE], Medicare Supplemental [MDCR], and Optum Clinformatics [Optum]) were used to establish patient cohorts without AF during the index period of 2008-2012. The performance of 2 existing models (CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc) for predicting stroke and TIA was examined by fitting a logistic regression to a training dataset and evaluating predictive accuracy in a validation dataset (area under the curve, AUC) using patients with complete follow-up of 1 or 3 years, separately...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385080/blood-pressure-control-in-anticoagulated-patients-with-hypertension-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Vivencio Barrios, Carlos Escobar, Luis Prieto Valiente, Jose María Lobos, Diego Vargas-Ortega, Jose Polo, Nuria Marin Montañés
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinical profile and blood pressure (BP) control rates of anticoagulated patients with hypertension and atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: The PAULA study was a multicenter cross-sectional/retrospective observational study conducted throughout Spain. The study included patients with nonvalvular AF who were receiving vitamin K antagonist therapy during the past year and were attended at primary care setting. Adequate BP control was defined according to 2013 ESC/ESH guidelines...
April 7, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373985/association-of-chads2-and-cha2ds2-vasc-scores-with-left-atrial-thrombus-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-based-retrospective-study-in-a-cohort-of-2695-chinese-subjects
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J Huang, S L Wu, Y M Xue, H W Fei, Q W Lin, S Q Ren, H T Liao, X Z Zhan, X H Fang, L Xu
The main mechanism of the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores to predict stroke in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is still controversial. We evaluated the association of the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores with left atrial thrombus (LAT) as detected by transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) and compared the predictive ability of these risk stratification schemes with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Data from 2,695 consecutive NVAF patients in whom TEE was performed for screening LAT from July 2007 to February 2014 were analyzed...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314875/safety-of-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-intracranial-hemorrhage
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H Lin, S-N Li, R Bai, S-N Wen, N Liu, D-Y Long, R-H Yu, R-B Tang, C-H Sang, X Du, J-Z Dong, C-S Ma
BACKGROUND: The safety of anticoagulation and radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and a history of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) remains unclear. We investigated the risks and benefits of this approach in AF patients with a history of ICH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The ICH group included 45 AF patients with a history of ICH who underwent RFCA. Five of these patients were excluded because ICH occurred spontaneously after cerebral infarction...
March 17, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293117/the-use-status-of-anticoagulation-drugs-for-inpatients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-southwest-china
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Huan Jie Zheng, Shu Kun Ouyang, Yue Zhao, Kai Lu, Su Xin Luo, Hua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulants (OACs) are effective for the prophylaxis of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the status of anticoagulation treatment for hospitalized AF patients in Southwest China. METHODS: A total of 4760 hospitalized patients with AF were enrolled from 21 hospitals in Chongqing city from January 1 to December 31, 2013. RESULTS: Among the enrolled patients, 3785 were diagnosed with nonvalvular AF...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293114/novel-stroke-risk-reduction-in-atrial-fibrillation-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-a-focus-on-the-watchman-closure-device
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Arash Alipour, Lisette I S Wintgens, Martin J Swaans, Jippe C Balt, Benno J W M Rensing, Lucas V A Boersma
Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an important clinical problem with severe complications such as stroke, which especially harms those with risk factors as calculated by the CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc. Until now, no therapy has proven 100% effective against AF. Since the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most prominent nonvalvular AF-related thromboembolic source and (novel) oral anticoagulant [(N)OAC] carries the hazard of bleeding, LAA occlusion may be an alternative, especially in patients who are ineligible for (N)OAC therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267467/anemia-is-associated-with-bleeding-and-mortality-but-not-stroke-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-insights-from-the-apixaban-for-reduction-in-stroke-and-other-thromboembolic-events-in-atrial-fibrillation-aristotle-trial
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B Daan Westenbrink, Marco Alings, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander, Renato D Lopes, Elaine M Hylek, Laine Thomas, Daniel M Wojdyla, Michael Hanna, Matyas Keltai, P Gabriel Steg, Raffaele De Caterina, Lars Wallentin, Wiek H van Gilst
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are prone to cardiovascular events and anticoagulation-related bleeding complications. We hypothesized that patients with anemia are at increased risk for these outcomes. METHODS: We performed a post hoc analysis of the ARISTOTLE trial, which included >18,000 patients with AF randomized to warfarin (target international normalized ratio, 2.0-3.0) or apixaban 5 mg twice daily. Multivariable Cox regression analysis was used to determine if anemia (defined as hemoglobin <13...
March 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253498/brain-natriuretic-peptide-is-a-powerful-predictor-of-outcome-in-stroke-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation%C3%A2
#15
Kenji Maruyama, Shinichiro Uchiyama, Tsuyoshi Shiga, Mutsumi Iijima, Kentaro Ishizuka, Takao Hoshino, Kazuo Kitagawa
BACKGROUND: Since stroke patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) have poor outcomes in general, the prediction of outcomes following discharge is of utmost concern for these patients. We previously reported that brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels were significantly higher in NVAF patients with larger infarcts, higher modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score, and higher CHADS2 score. In the present study, we evaluated an array of variables, including BNP, in order to determine significant predictors for functional outcome in patients with NVAF after acute ischemic stroke (AIS)...
March 2, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244558/assessing-the-appropriateness-of-oral-anticoagulation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-advanced-frailty-use-of-stroke-and-bleeding-risk-prediction-models
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R O'Caoimh, E Igras, A Ramesh, B Power, K O'Connor, R Liston
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common among frail older adults. Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is particularly challenging for these due to overlapping stroke and bleeding risk factor profiles. OBJECTIVE: To compare the utility of stroke and haemorrhage risk-prediction instruments in the treatment of AF among frail older adults. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS: Frail residents in four nursing homes with a Clinical Frailty Scale score ≥5 (median 7±0)...
2017: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241814/association-between-chads2-score-depressive-symptoms-and-quality-of-life-in-a-general-population
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Guo-Zhe Sun, Ning Ye, Nai-Jin Zhang, Yuan Li, Shuang Chen, Ye Chang, Zhao Li, Ying-Xian Sun
BACKGROUND: To investigate the association between CHADS2 score, depressive symptoms, and quality of life in a large general population from China. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 11,956 permanent residents of Liaoning Province in China ≥ 35 years of age was conducted between January and August 2013 (response rate 85.3%). All participants completed a questionnaire, had a physical examination, and underwent blood examination. Depressive symptoms were assessed with the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), while the quality of life (QoL) was measured using the World Health Organization Quality of Life Brief Scale (WHOQOL-BREF)...
February 27, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237286/comparison-of-has-bled-and-has-bed-versus-chads2-and-cha2ds2vasc-stroke-and-bleeding-scores-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Daniela Poli, Emilia Antonucci, Vittorio Pengo, Sophie Testa, Gualtiero Palareti
Anticoagulation is recommended in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) for stroke prevention, and the bleeding risk associated suggests the need for a bleeding risk stratification. HAS-BLED (hypertension, abnormal renal/liver function, stroke, bleeding history or predisposition, labile international normalized ratio (INR), elderly >65 years, drugs/alcohol concomitantly) score includes "labile INR" referred to quality of anticoagulation. However, in naïve patients, this item is not available. In addition, stroke and bleeding risk prediction scores shared several risk factors...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217222/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-for-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-clinical-practice-a-single-center-experience
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Naoki Shibata, Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Toshiro Tomomatsu, Yoshihiro Ikai, Kazushi Terada, Kazuhito Tsuzuki, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation therapy with the vitamin K antagonist (VKA) warfarin has been demonstrated to reduce thromboembolic risk after electrical cardioversion (ECV). However, data concerning ECV with non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is limited. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of NOACs in patients undergoing ECV in a real-world clinical practice at a single center in Japan. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 406 consecutive patients who underwent ECV for atrial fibrillation (AF) or flutter under anticoagulation with one of the three NOACs (n=149) or with a VKA (n=257)...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215423/chads2-score-predicts-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-elective-pulmonary-lobectomy
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Svetlana Kotova, Mansen Wang, Katie Lothrop, Gary Grunkemeier, Heather E Merry, John R Handy
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (PAF) affects 12% to 17% of patients undergoing lobectomy and is associated with increased morbidity. CHADS2 (congestive heart failure history, hypertension history, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus history, and stroke or transient ischemic attack symptoms previously) is used to predict stroke risk in patients with existing AF. It also has been shown also to predict new-onset PAF. Our objective was to determine whether CHADS2 can predict PAF in patients undergoing lobectomy...
February 16, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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