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Sara Meirinho, Ricardo Relvas, Gilberto Alves
BACKGROUND: Epistaxis is an active nose bleeding with a population occurrence of approximately 60%. Although epistaxis is a common clinical complaint, the majority of the cases are benign and caused by local induced factors (e.g., trauma and local inflammation). Nevertheless, it is also recognised that epistaxis can be induced after some drugs intake. AIMS: Due to the increasing use of drugs or drug combinations that potentially may induce epistaxis, this review aims to alert healthcare professionals for this often neglected adverse drug effect and its possible complications...
February 12, 2018: Current Drug Safety
Farzaneh Ashrafi, Najmeh Rezaie, Sarah Mousavi
Objective: Dabigatran etexilate is a novel oral anticoagulant with several advantages over warfarin such as no need for routine monitoring and fewer drug interactions. This drug was added to our hospital's formulary in 2012. The objective of this study was to assess the rational drug use of dabigatran at a large teaching hospital. Methods: A prospective cross-sectional study was performed from November to June 2015 at Alzahra teaching hospital, Isfahan, Iran. All patients who received at least one dose of dabigatran were eligible for inclusion...
October 2017: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
Nermine S Choumane, Diana N Malaeb, Bassem Malaeb, Souheil Hallit
BACKGROUND: Health care professionals (HCP) are known key elements of effective patient's counselling and education. For patients taking warfarin, education about the dose, side effects, and toxicity is clearly identified as a cornerstone of achieving improved health and quality of life. The study objective was to evaluate the patients' knowledge about warfarin and assess the impact of the health care professionals' counselling in enhancing patients' knowledge in achieving warfarin therapeutic outcomes...
February 1, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Balkhi Balkhi, Mabrouk Al-Rasheedi, Abuabker Ibrahim Elbur, Ahmad Alghamadi
Background: High satisfaction with, and adherence to, warfarin therapy are linked to better international normalized ratio (INR) control and good therapeutic outcomes. Objective: This study was conducted to identify the association between satisfaction with, and adherence to, warfarin therapy and the control of the INR within the target therapeutic range. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from June 1 to August 31, 2016, at the Anticoagulation Clinic in the Cardiology Center at King Fahad Hospital, Qassim, Saudi Arabia...
January 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
E V Gorbunova, R R Salakhov, Y N Odarenko, S E Mamchur
AIM: To assess advantages of integrated approach to improvement of efficiency and safety of warfarin therapy after heart valve replacement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included in this study 118 patients who had undergone simultaneous mitral valve replacement and maze procedure. Group 1 patients (n=37) underwent just sinus rhythm restoration, group 2 patients (n=54) underwent sinus rhythm restoration and participated in a patient education program, group 3 patients (n=27) underwent sinus rhythm restoration, participated in a patient education program, and were subjected to pharmacogenetic testing for warfarin sensitivity...
November 2017: Kardiologiia
Natalie M Weir, Rosemary Newham, Emma D Corcoran, Ashwag Ali Atallah Al-Gethami, Ali Mohammed Abd Alridha, Paul Bowie, Anne Watson, Marion Bennie
OBJECTIVE: The Scottish Patient Safety Programme - Pharmacy in Primary Care collaborative is a quality improvement initiative adopting the Institute of Healthcare Improvement Breakthrough Series collaborative approach. The programme developed and piloted High Risk Medicine (HRM) Care Bundles (CB), focused on warfarin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), within 27 community pharmacies over 4 NHS Regions. Each CB involves clinical assessment and patient education, although the CB content varies between regions...
November 21, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Taofikat B Agbabiaka, Barbara Wider, Leala K Watson, Claire Goodman
BACKGROUND: The use of herbal medicinal products (HMPs) is common among older adults; however, little is known about concurrent use with prescription drugs, as well as potential interactions associated with such combinations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to identify and evaluate the literature on concurrent prescription and HMP use among older adults to assess prevalence, patterns, potential interactions and factors associated with this use. METHODS: Systematic searches were conducted in the MEDLINE, PsycINFO, EMBASE, CINAHL, AMED, Web of Science and Cochrane databases from inception to May 2017 for studies reporting concurrent use of prescription medicines with HMPs in adults ≥ 65 years of age...
December 2017: Drugs & Aging
Siavash Piran, Sam Schulman, Mohamed Panju, Menaka Pai
Direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) use is increasing worldwide. However, if not taken or prescribed correctly, DOACs have serious side effects. It is crucial that healthcare providers (HCPs) offer patients accurate information and counselling around DOACs, to optimize safe and effective use. To assess knowledge around oral anticoagulant indication, dosing, storage, and administration, an electronic survey was distributed to HCPs across Canada from June to August 2017, with 18 questions on the practical use of oral anticoagulants...
January 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Amy L Awker, Melissa A Bell, Megan McGraw, Mark A Klein
PURPOSE: The effect of education regarding new evidence in periprocedural anticoagulation, with a focus on reducing use in patients at only moderate thromboembolic risk, is presented. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis and quasiexperimental design were used. The initial review identified the current state of practice regarding bridging anticoagulation. Education was then provided to primary care providers and pharmacists on recent evidence. A subsequent review was completed to assess the impact of this education on clinical decision-making...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Hazem Elewa, Honain El-Makaty, Zainab Ali
INTRODUCTION: Over the past few years, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been gradually replacing warfarin. Inappropriate prescribing of DOACs in real-life practice settings can affect their perceived safety and efficacy, especially with the lack of a surrogate marker for guidance. OBJECTIVES: To describe the appropriateness of DOACs prescribing, compare dabigatran to rivaroxaban in terms of inappropriate prescribing, and determine other factors associated with inappropriate DOACs use...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Rogério Guimarães de Lima Silva, Caryne Margotto Bertollo, Isadora Gonçalves Ferreira, Luisa Caldeira Brant, Maria Auxiliadora Parreiras Martins
Background Warfarin remains widely used by patients with cardiovascular diseases. When using warfarin, the quality of oral anticoagulation control is a critical determinant to minimize the risk of bleeding and thromboembolic events. Pharmacist engagement in patient care is relevant towards improving the quality of warfarin therapy. Objective To assess the quality of oral anticoagulation control measured by time in therapeutic range (TTR) at two pharmacist-managed anticoagulation clinics (AC). Method This study included adults with indication of continuous warfarin use...
December 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Brystana G Kaufman, Sunghee Kim, Karen Pieper, Larry A Allen, Bernard J Gersh, Gerald V Naccarelli, Michael D Ezekowitz, Gregg C Fonarow, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Daniel E Singer, Paul S Chan, James V Freeman, Jack Ansell, Peter R Kowey, James A Rieffel, Jonathan Piccini, Eric Peterson, Emily C O'Brien
OBJECTIVE: To describe self-reported disease understanding for newly diagnosed patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and assess (1) how disease understanding changes over the first 6 months after diagnosis and (2) the relationship between patient understanding of therapies at baseline and treatment receipt at 6 months among treatment-naïve patients. METHODS: We analysed survey data from SATELLITE (Survey of Patient Knowledge and Personal Priorities for Treatment), a substudy of patients with new-onset AF enrolled in the national Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (ORBIT) II registry across 56 US sites...
August 8, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Beata Łabuz-Roszak, Michał Skrzypek, Agnieszka Machowska-Majchrzak, Małgorzata Mossakowska, Jerzy Chudek, Andrzej Więcek, Krystyna Pierzchała, Beata Łącka-Gaździk, Tomasz Grodzicki
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent clinically significant arrhythmia, especially common in the elderly. As it is known, AF is associated with increased risk of stroke. Little is known about pharmacological cardiovascular prevention in the elderly with AF in Poland. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the frequency of pharmacological stroke prevention among the elderly with AF in Poland and its association with clinical characteristics and concomitant cardiovascular risk factors...
July 11, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Tarig Yousif Mohamed Eltayeb, Malik Suliman Mohamed, Abubaker Ibrahim Elbur, Ahmed Sayed Ahmed Elsayed
BACKGROUND: Satisfaction with and adherence to oral anticoagulant treatment are important measures that decrease morbidity and mortality. Higher satisfaction and adherence to warfarin therapy was found to be associated among other factors with good International Normalized Ratio (INR) control. OBJECTIVES: To assess patient satisfaction with and adherence to oral anticoagulant therapy and to identify predictors of the two studied domains. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at the Cardiothoracic Clinic in Alshaab Teaching Hospital; Khartoum; Sudan during March-April 2015...
July 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
Benjamin A Steinberg, Peter Shrader, Laine Thomas, Jack Ansell, Gregg C Fonarow, Bernard J Gersh, Elaine Hylek, Peter R Kowey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Emily C O'Brien, Daniel E Singer, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: Several non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) alternatives to warfarin are available for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to describe the factors associated with selection of NOACs versus warfarin in patients with new onset AF. METHODS: The ORBIT-AF II study is a national, US, prospective, observational, cohort study of anticoagulation treatment in patients with AF receiving NOACs or warfarin in the United States from 2013 to 2016...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
Dominica Zentner, Caitlin Cheshire, Leeanne Grigg
BACKGROUND: To describe the survival and health outcome status of young adults with an extracardiac Fontan procedure performed either as a primary or conversion (secondary) Fontan surgery. METHODS: The database of the Adult Congenital Heart disease service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital was interrogated to identify all adults who had undergone a primary extracardiac conduit Fontan (n=29) or a Fontan conversion with this procedure (n=8). We then determined vital status, age, original anatomy and functional status in early adulthood in both groups...
May 3, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
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
Nahid Osman Ahmed, Bashier Osman, Yassein Mohamed Abdelhai, Tariq Muhammed Hashim El-Hadiyah
Background Many trials have compared anticoagulation management provided by a pharmacist led anticoagulation clinic versus usual physician care showing the role for clinical pharmacist in the management of anticoagulant therapy, and demonstrating excellent outcomes. In Sudan, there is no published research evaluating the role of pharmacist in providing pharmaceutical care for patients taking warfarin. Objective The objective of the study is to assess the role of clinical pharmacist intervention in warfarin patients compared to usual medical care...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Tommy Andersson, Anders Magnuson, Ing-Liss Bryngelsson, Ole Frøbert, Karin M Henriksson, Nils Edvardsson, Dritan Poçi
AIMS: There is controversy in the guidelines as to whether patients with atrial fibrillation and a low risk of stroke should be treated with anticoagulation, especially those with a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 point. METHODS: In a retrospective, nationwide cohort study, we used the Swedish National Patient Registry, the National Prescribed Drugs Registry, the Swedish Registry of Education and the Population and Housing Census Registry. 48 433 patients were identified between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2008 with incident atrial fibrillation who were divided in age categories, sex and a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0, 1, 2 and ≥3 and they were included in a time-varying analysis of warfarin treatment versus no treatment...
2017: PloS One
Santosh Kumar Sinha, Mukesh Jitendra Jha, Mahmadula Razi, Vikash Chaturvedi, Yatish Besthenahalli Erappa, Shravan Singh, Vikas Mishra, Dibbendhu Khanra, Karandeep Singh
BACKGROUND Coronary artery embolization is an exceedingly rare cause of myocardial infarction, but a few cases in association with prosthetic mechanical valves have been reported. We report a case of embolic myocardial infarction caused by a thrombus in the left atrium with deranged coagulation profile in a patient with critical mitral stenosis under warfarinization. CASE REPORT A 22-year-old woman was taken to the catheterization lab for early coronary intervention in lieu of non-ST elevation myocardial infarction...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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