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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855778/older-age-comorbid-illnesses-and-injury-severity-affect-immediate-outcome-in-elderly-trauma-patients
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Dvora Kirshenbom, Zila Ben-Zaken, Nehama Albilya, Eva Niyibizi, Miklosh Bala
INTRODUCTION: Trauma in elderly population is frequent and is associated with significant mortality, not only due to age but also due to complicated factors such as the severity of injury, preexisting comorbidity, and incomplete general assessment. Our primary aim was to determine whether age, Injury Severity Score (ISS), and preexisting comorbidities had an adverse effect on the outcome in patients aged 65 years and above following blunt trauma. METHODS: We included 1027 patients aged ≥65 years who were admitted to our Level I Trauma Center following blunt trauma...
July 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844193/dual-antithrombotic-therapy-with-dabigatran-after-pci-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Christopher P Cannon, Deepak L Bhatt, Jonas Oldgren, Gregory Y H Lip, Stephen G Ellis, Takeshi Kimura, Michael Maeng, Bela Merkely, Uwe Zeymer, Savion Gropper, Matias Nordaby, Eva Kleine, Ruth Harper, Jenny Manassie, James L Januzzi, Jurrien M Ten Berg, P Gabriel Steg, Stefan H Hohnloser
Background Triple antithrombotic therapy with warfarin plus two antiplatelet agents is the standard of care after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for patients with atrial fibrillation, but this therapy is associated with a high risk of bleeding. Methods In this multicenter trial, we randomly assigned 2725 patients with atrial fibrillation who had undergone PCI to triple therapy with warfarin plus a P2Y12 inhibitor (clopidogrel or ticagrelor) and aspirin (for 1 to 3 months) (triple-therapy group) or dual therapy with dabigatran (110 mg or 150 mg twice daily) plus a P2Y12 inhibitor (clopidogrel or ticagrelor) and no aspirin (110-mg and 150-mg dual-therapy groups)...
August 27, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840739/-rivaroxaban-in-high-risk-patients
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Jindřich Špinar, Lenka Špinarová
Blockade of factor Xa becomes a routine part of clinical practice instead of vitamin K blockade with warfarin, providing a more beneficial and safer effect. The main indications are prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in adults with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Rivaroxaban has the largest number of data across high risk patients. Rivaroxaban is an oral selective anti Xa inhibitor with well predictive pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. It inhibits thrombin formation for 24 hours, is well absorbed and biological availability is 80-100 %...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805310/use-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-elderly-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Lynn B Oertel, Annemarie E Fogerty
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Four direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are available for the prevention of stroke in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF): dabigatran (a direct thrombin inhibitor); and rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban (factor Xa inhibitors). This article summarizes the safety and efficacy of DOACs for the prevention of stroke in elderly NVAF patients. METHODS: PubMed was searched to identify published results of randomized, controlled trials evaluating DOACs for stroke prevention in elderly NVAF patients...
September 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756016/pharmacological-stroke-prevention-in-the-elderly-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-poland-results-of-polsenior-study
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733071/long-term-stroke-and-bleeding-risk-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-oral-anticoagulants-in-contemporary-practice-providing-evidence-for-shared-decision-making
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Peter A Noseworthy, Xiaoxi Yao, Bernard J Gersh, Ian Hargraves, Nilay D Shah, Victor M Montori
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation is recommended as a lifelong therapy for most patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, data on long-term outcomes in clinical practice on these drugs are scarce, particularly for the recently approved agents. We aimed to describe differences in characteristics between patients in everyday practice and those enrolled in the pivotal trials, and to report long-term outcomes on oral anticoagulation in practice. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis using a large U...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726972/consequences-of-warfarin-suspension-after-major-bleeding-in-very-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Giacomo Zoppellaro, Serena Granziera, Giulia Bertozzo, Gentian Denas, Lucia Marigo, Florinda Petruzzellis, Seena Padayattil Jose, Katia Rossi, Giovanni Nante, Vittorio Pengo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 30, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664360/factors-associated-with-antithrombotic-treatment-decisions-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-stockholm-region-after-the-introduction-of-noacs
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Joris Komen, Tomas Forslund, Paul Hjemdahl, Björn Wettermark
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of patient characteristics such as age and stroke and bleeding risks on decisions for antithrombotic treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: This was a retrospective, population-based study including AF patients initiated with either warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, or low-dose aspirin (ASA) between March 2015 and February 2016. Multivariate models were used to calculate adjusted odds ratios (aOR) for factors associated with treatment decisions...
June 29, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622547/co-morbidity-and-clinically-significant-interactions-between-antiepileptic-drugs-and-other-drugs-in-elderly-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-epilepsy
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Emmi Bruun, Lauri J Virta, Reetta Kälviäinen, Tapani Keränen
PURPOSE: A study was conducted to investigate the frequency of potential pharmacokinetic drug-to-drug interactions in elderly patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy. We also investigated co-morbid conditions associated with epilepsy. METHOD: From the register of Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) we identified community-dwelling patients aged 65 or above with newly diagnosed epilepsy and in whom use of the first individual antiepileptic drug (AED) began in 2000-2013 (n=529)...
June 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573932/efficacy-and-safety-of-uninterrupted-low-intensity-warfarin-for-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-elderly-a-pilot-study
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Yangbo Xing, Buyun Xu, Chao Xu, Fang Peng, Biao Yang, Yufang Qiu, Yong Sun, Shengkai Wang, Hangyuan Guo
BACKGROUND: No previous studies exist investigating the optimal intensity of uninterrupted anticoagulation with warfarin during radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) in the elderly. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the efficacy and safety of continuous low-intensity warfarin therapy throughout the periprocedural period of RFCA for AF in the elderly. METHODS: This is a prospective randomized study. We enrolled AF patients (age ≥ 70 years) who underwent first-time RFCA for AF...
June 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535119/comparison-of-effectiveness-and-safety-of-treatment-with-apixaban-vs-other-oral-anticoagulants-among-elderly-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Steven Deitelzweig, Xuemei Luo, Kiran Gupta, Jeffrey Trocio, Jack Mardekian, Tammy Curtice, Melissa Lingohr-Smith, Brandy Menges, Jay Lin
OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk of stroke/systemic embolism (S/SE) and major bleeding (MB) of elderly (≥65 years of age) nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients initiating apixaban vs. rivaroxaban, dabigatran, or warfarin. METHODS: NVAF patients with Medicare Advantage coverage in the US initiating oral anticoagulants (OACs, index event) were identified from the Humana database (1/1/2013-9/30/2015) and grouped into cohorts depending on OAC initiated. Propensity score matching (PSM), 1:1, was conducted among patients treated with apixaban vs...
May 23, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
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
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REVIEW
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...
June 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
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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
#16
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...
June 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
#19
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
#20
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
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