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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507892/a-case-of-massive-hemoptysis-following-transesophageal-echocardiogram
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Sean J Callahan, Robert M Jones, Dana Albon, Andrew D Mihalek
INTRODUCTION: Tracheal intubation leading to injury of the airway is a rare complication of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Tracheal trauma is not a described complication of TEE, and safety literature for this procedure remains silent on the matter. We describe the case of a patient on systemic anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy who underwent TEE and suffered massive hemoptysis requiring bronchial artery embolization (BAE). CASE PRESENTATION: An elderly patient was admitted to the hospital with recently diagnosed atrial fibrillation and shortness of breath...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467190/risk-of-gastrointestinal-bleeding-during-anticoagulant-treatment
#2
Aitor Lanas-Gimeno, Angel Lanas
Gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) is a major problem in patients on oral anticoagulation therapy. This issue has become even more pressing since the introduction of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in 2009. Areas Covered: Here we review current evidence related to GIB associated with oral anticoagulants, focusing on randomized controlled trials, meta-analyses, and post-marketing observational studies. Dabigatran 150 mg twice daily and rivaroxaban 20 mg once daily increase the risk of GIB compared to warfarin...
May 3, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466118/who-should-be-referred-for-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-therapy
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REVIEW
Sidakpal S Panaich, David R Holmes
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting approximately 7 million individuals in USA. It is one of the most significant arrhythmias, which accounts for a majority of embolic strokes, especially in elderly individuals. Although oral anti-coagulation is beneficial in lowering the risk of stroke, 1 in 10 patients have a contra-indication to warfarin therapy. Among patients who do tolerate either warfarin or novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC), major or recurrent bleeding, intracranial bleeds, etc...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464979/how-do-family-medicine-residents-choose-an-anticoagulation-regimen-for-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Payam Yazdan-Ashoori, Zardasht Oqab, William F McIntyre, Kieran L Quinn, Erik van Oosten, Wilma M Hopman, Adrian Baranchuk
Aim To examine the choices Canadian family medicine residents make for oral anticoagulation (OAC) for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND: AF increases the risk of strokes. An important consideration in AF management is risk stratification for stroke and prescription of appropriate OAC. Family physicians provide the vast majority of OAC prescriptions. METHODS: We administered a survey to residents in multiple Canadian family medicine training programmes...
May 3, 2017: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459916/direct-oral-anticoagulants-doacs-current-status-among-distinct-patient-subgroups
#5
Peter Riley, Abhishek Maan, Kenneth S Korr
The landscape of anticoagulant therapy for atrial fibrillation and deep-vein thrombosis has evolved considerably in the last decade with the advent of Novel or Direct-Acting Oral Antiocoagulants (DOACs). The initial phase III randomized controlled trials established the individual DOACs as viable alternatives to warfarin for thromboprophylaxis but generalizations to the larger population were limited by the small number of protocol subjects with renal insufficiency, congestive heart failure, advanced age and other comorbidities...
May 1, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439778/dabigatran-etexilate-appropriate-use-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-in-the-elderly-patients
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REVIEW
Mauro Molteni, Mario Bo, Giovanni Di Minno, Giuseppe Di Pasquale, Simonetta Genovesi, Danilo Toni, Paolo Verdecchia
Dabigatran etexilate (DE) is a direct thrombin inhibitor, which has been approved for the treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), and for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Despite large randomized clinical trials and independent observational studies providing robust data concerning DE safety and efficacy, some physicians still perceive mild-to-moderate renal impairment and old age as a relative contraindication to its use. In this article, we review the available scientific evidence supporting the use of DE in these clinical situations...
April 24, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439613/the-role-of-delayed-head-ct-in-evaluation-of-elderly-blunt-head-trauma-victims-taking-antithrombotic-therapy
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D Scantling, C Fischer, R Gruner, A Teichman, B McCracken, J Eakins
INTRODUCTION: Increasing active longevity has created an increasing surge of elderly trauma patients. The majority of these patients suffer blunt trauma and many are taking antithrombotic agents. The literature is mixed regarding the utility of routine repeat head CT in patients taking antithrombotic medications with a GCS of 15 and initial negative head CT. We hypothesized that scheduled delayed CT head 12 h after admission (D-CTH) in elderly blunt trauma victims would not identify clinically significant new hemorrhages or change management...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424132/outcomes-of-recreational-activity-associated-trauma-in-elderly-persons-on-blood-thinning-medications
#8
Zachary M DeBoard, Jonathan Grotts, Lisa Ferrigno
With increasing life expectancy, the elderly are participating in recreational activities traditionally pursued by younger persons. Elderly patients have many reasons for worse outcomes after trauma, one of which may be the rising use of anticoagulant and/or antiplatelet medications. This study aimed to determine whether preinjury use of these agents yielded worse outcomes in geriatric patients injured during high-impact recreational activities. The National Trauma Data Bank was reviewed from 2007 to 2010 for patients ≥65 years admitted to Level I or II trauma centers with ICD-9 E-codes for specific mechanisms of injury...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408716/sex-specific-comparative-effectiveness-of-oral-anticoagulants-in-elderly-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation
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Ghanshyam Palamaner Subash Shantha, Prashant D Bhave, Saket Girotra, Denice Hodgson-Zingman, Alexander Mazur, Michael Giudici, Elizabeth Chrischilles, Mary S Vaughan Sarrazin
BACKGROUND: Sex-specific comparative effectiveness of direct oral anticoagulants among patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation is not known. Via this retrospective cohort study, we assessed the sex-specific, comparative effectiveness of direct oral anticoagulants (rivaroxaban and dabigatran), compared to each other and to warfarin among patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Elderly (aged ≥66 years) Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D benefit plan from November 2011 to October 2013 with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation formed the study cohort (65 734 [44...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398377/-new-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-efficacy-and-safety-data-from-the-real-world
#10
Letizia Riva, Giuseppe Di Pasquale
New oral anticoagulants (NOACs: dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban) proved to be at least non-inferior to warfarin in reducing thromboembolic risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. In addition, NOACs have been demonstrated to be safe and associated with a significant reduction in major and intracranial bleeding events. With the exception of apixaban, an increase in gastrointestinal bleedings has been observed, but as a whole NOACs have been shown to reduce mortality with rates similar to those of warfarin...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398376/-efficacy-and-safety-of-oral-anticoagulants-in-frail-elderly-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-an-unsolved-problem
#11
Paolo Alboni, Nicola Stucci, Elena Cojocaru, Andrea Ungar
At present, the efficacy and safety of anticoagulants, warfarin, or new oral anticoagulants in frail patients remain unknown, as these patients have largely been excluded from both randomized trials and "real-world" studies; as a result, the guidelines do not provide guidance for the management of this population. Frail patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are significantly less likely to receive oral anticoagulants compared to their nonfrail counterparts; is that an expression of reasonable prudence or malpractice? In this regard, some aspects of physical frailty should be considered: (i) increased vulnerability to stressors, including pharmacological agents with potential severe adverse effects; (ii) frail elderly patients are at high risk of falls and, therefore, of severe traumatic hemorrhages on oral anticoagulation; (iii) frail patients are more likely to have complications during intercurrent affections, potentially responsible for hemorrhages...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394435/real-world-clinical-characteristics-and-treatment-patterns-of-individuals-aged-80-and-older-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-real-life-multicenter-survey-evaluating-stroke-study
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Murat Biteker, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Doğan, İbrahim Altun, Fatma Özpamuk Karadeniz, Ahmet İlker Tekkesin, Yasin Çakıllı, Ceyhan Türkkan, Mehmet Hamidi, Vahit Demir, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Müjgan Tek Öztürk, Gökhan Aksan, Sabri Seyis, Mehmet Ballı, Mehmet Hayri Alıcı, Serdar Bozyel
OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical characteristics of and use of oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy in individuals aged 80 and older with atrial fibrillation (AF) with those of individuals younger than 80 with AF in clinical practice. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: The ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke prevention strategies in Turkey trial (NCT02344901), a national observational registry. PARTICIPANTS: Turkish adults with nonvalvular AF (NVAF)...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393461/bleeding-risk-of-antiplatelet-drugs-compared-with-oral-anticoagulants-in-older-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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M Melkonian, W Jarzebowski, E Pautas, V Siguret, J Belmin, C Lafuente-Lafuente
Essentials Hemorrhagic risk of antiplatelet drugs is generally thought to be lower than anticoagulants. We systematically reviewed trials comparing antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs in older patients. Overall, the risk of major bleeding was similar with antiplatelet and with anticoagulant drugs. In elderly patients, risks and benefits of antiplatelet drugs should be carefully weighted. SUMMARY: Background The hemorrhagic risk of antiplatelet drugs in older patients could be higher than is usually assumed...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367855/early-antithrombotic-therapy-after-bioprosthetic-aortic-valve-replacement-in-elderly-patients-a-single-center-experience
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Seok In Lee, Kyo Seon Lee, Joon Bum Kim, Suk Jung Choo, Cheol Hyun Chung, Jae Won Lee, Sung-Ho Jung
PURPOSE: Early antithrombotic therapy after bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement (AVR) is controversial. This study aimed to retrospectively compare between warfarin and aspirin treatment in the 3 months after bioprosthetic AVR for elderly patients more than 60 years old, and to determine the optimal antithrombotic therapy. METHODS: This retrospective study included 479 patients in single center from January 1994 to June 2014. Patients were divided into two groups (Wa group, warfarin; As group, aspirin)...
March 29, 2017: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355459/laboratory-monitoring-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulant-use-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-review
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John W Eikelboom, Daniel J Quinlan, Jack Hirsh, Stuart J Connolly, Jeffrey I Weitz
Importance: The non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, and rivaroxaban are administered in fixed doses without anticoagulant monitoring. Randomized trials show that unmonitored NOAC therapy is at least as effective as and safer than dose-adjusted warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Subgroup analyses indicate that plasma drug levels or anticoagulant activity of the NOACs predict stroke and bleeding...
May 1, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340451/the-role-of-drug-drug-interactions-in-prostate-cancer-treatment-focus-on-abiraterone-acetate-prednisone-and-enzalutamide
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REVIEW
Marzia Del Re, Stefano Fogli, Lisa Derosa, Francesco Massari, Paul De Souza, Stefania Crucitta, Sergio Bracarda, Daniele Santini, Romano Danesi
Elderly patients with cancer may have comorbidities, each requiring additional pharmacologic treatment. Therefore, the occurrence of pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) interactions is very likely, and the risk of adverse reactions (ADRs), due to the narrow therapeutic window of anticancer drugs, is increased. Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) may occur in prostate cancer patients due to inhibition by abiraterone of liver cytochrome P450 (CYP)-dependent enzymes CYP2C8 and 2D6, which are involved in the metabolism of approximately 25% of all drugs, and induction by enzalutamide of CYP3A4, 2C9 and 2C19, which metabolize up to 50% of medications...
March 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326532/common-drug-side-effects-and-drug-drug-interactions-in-elderly-adults-in-primary-care
#17
Susan E Merel, Douglas S Paauw
Prescribing medications, recognizing and managing medication side effects and drug interactions, and avoiding polypharmacy are all essential skills in the care of older adults in primary care. Important side effects of medications commonly prescribed in older adults (statins, proton pump inhibitors, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and fluoroquinolone antibiotics, zolpidem, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors) were reviewed. Important drug interactions with four agents or classes (statins, warfarin, factor Xa inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers) are discussed...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301912/potential-causes-and-implications-of-low-target-therapeutic-ratio-in-warfarin-treated-patients-for-thrombosis-prophylaxis
#18
Halil Atas, Ahmet Anıl Sahin, Dilek Barutçu Atas, Murat Sunbul, Alper Kepez, Mehmet Agirbasli
Time in therapeutic range (TTR) of international normalized ratio is crucial for the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation with warfarin and it is influenced by many factors. There are limited data about the quality of warfarin therapy and its effects on clinical outcomes in Turkey. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the quality of anticoagulant therapy with warfarin and evaluate the parameters that affect the quality of warfarin therapy. A total of 170 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF; mean age: 62...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243434/spontaneous-thyroid-hemorrhage-on-chronic-anticoagulation-therapy
#19
Kulothungan Gunasekaran, Kelly M Rudd, Swetha Murthi, Scott Kaatz, Nazir Lone
Even though highly vascularized, the thyroid gland rarely has spontaneous bleeding. Bleeding into the thyroid gland can result in potentially lethal acute airway compromise. This case report describes an elderly patient on warfarin for atrial fibrillation, who presented with swelling on the right side of her neck causing acute airway obstruction. An urgent computed tomography of the neck showed an enlarging hemorrhage into the right lobe of the thyroid gland. She was initially intubated for airway protection and her anticoagulation was reversed to stop the bleeding...
January 11, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213368/effects-of-dabigatran-according-to-age-in-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Mandy N Lauw, John W Eikelboom, Michiel Coppens, Lars Wallentin, Salim Yusuf, Michael Ezekowitz, Jonas Oldgren, Juliet Nakamya, Jia Wang, Stuart J Connolly
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and the risk of stroke and bleeding vary according to age. To estimate effects of dabigatran, compared with warfarin, on stroke, bleeding and mortality in patients with AF in the Randomized Evaluation of Long-Term Anticoagulant Therapy (RE-LY) trial according to age, we analysed treatment effects using age as a continuous variable and using age categories. METHODS: RE-LY included 10 855 (59.9%) patients aged <75 years, 4231 patients (23...
February 17, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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