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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932513/improving-incidence-of-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-after-cardiac-surgery-using-simplified-clinical-practice-guidelines
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Amr S Omar, Hesham Ewila, Mahmoud Allam, Sameh Aboulnagah, Samy Hanoura, Praveen C Sivadasan, Ousama Bilal, Abdul Rasheed A Pattath, Abdulaziz AlKhulaifi
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) remains a major risk after cardiac surgery. Twelve percent patients admitted to this unit postcardiac surgery experienced POAF, which led to hemodynamic instability, increased risk of stroke, and increased length of postoperative intensive care unit stay. Our aim was to decrease the incidence of POAF in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit by the end of April 2014. METHODS: Design-Retrospective data analysis...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928459/intracranial-hemorrhage-during-administration-of-a-novel-oral-anticoagulant
#2
Akira Tempaku
Objective: Oral anticoagulants are widely administered to patients with atrial fibrillation in order to prevent the onset of cardiogenic embolisms. However, intracranial bleeding during anticoagulant therapy often leads to fatal outcomes. Accordingly, the use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which less frequently have intracranial bleeding as a complication, is expanding. A nationwide survey of intracranial bleeding and its prognosis in Japan reported that intracranial bleeding of advanced severity was not common after NOAC administration...
2016: Journal of Rural Medicine: JRM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927939/have-clinicians-adopted-the-use-of-brain-mri-for-patients-with-tia-and-minor-stroke
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Seemant Chaturvedi, Susan Ofner, Fitsum Baye, Laura J Myers, Mike Phipps, Jason J Sico, Teresa Damush, Edward Miech, Mat Reeves, Jason Johanning, Linda S Williams, Greg Arling, Eric Cheng, Zhangsheng Yu, Dawn Bravata
BACKGROUND: Use of MRI with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) can identify infarcts in 30%-50% of patients with TIA. Previous guidelines have indicated that MRI-DWI is the preferred imaging modality for patients with TIA. We assessed the frequency of MRI utilization and predictors of MRI performance. METHODS: A review of TIA and minor stroke patients evaluated at Veterans Affairs hospitals was conducted with regard to medical history, use of diagnostic imaging within 2 days of presentation, and in-hospital care variables...
December 7, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923817/-ten-commandments-of-2016-esc-guidelines-for-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation
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October 7, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923816/what-s-new-in-the-2016-esc-guidelines-on-atrial-fibrillation
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October 7, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923815/atrial-fibrillation-today-s-guideline-based-management
#6
Thomas F Lüscher
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 7, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914497/acute-management-of-stroke-patients-taking-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-addressing-real-world-anticoagulant-management-issues-in-stroke-aramis-registry-design-and-rationale
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Ying Xian, Adrian F Hernandez, Tina Harding, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Robert E Suter, Yosef Khan, Lee H Schwamm, Eric D Peterson
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban) have been increasingly used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. Yet there is substantial lack of information on how patients on NOACs are currently treated when they have an acute ischemic stroke and the best strategies for treating intracerebral hemorrhage for those on chronic anticoagulation with warfarin or a NOAC. These are critical unmet needs for real world clinical decision making in these emergent patients...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912776/improving-stroke-prevention-therapy-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-primary-care-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial
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Theresa M Lee, Noah M Ivers, Sacha Bhatia, Debra A Butt, Paul Dorian, Liisa Jaakkimainen, Kori Leblanc, Dan Legge, Dante Morra, Alissia Valentinis, Laura Wing, Jacqueline Young, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is growing as the population ages, and at least 15% of ischemic strokes are attributed to AF. However, many high-risk AF patients are not offered guideline-recommended stroke prevention therapy due to a variety of system, provider, and patient-level barriers. METHODS: We will conduct a pragmatic, cluster-randomized controlled trial randomizing primary care clinics to test a "toolkit" of quality improvement interventions in primary care...
December 3, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909544/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-is-one-of-these-not-like-the-others
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REVIEW
Paul P Dobesh Pharm D, John Fanikos Mba R Ph
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and increases risk of stroke by nearly 5-fold. While warfarin has been employed successfully to reduce the risk of stroke in these patients, there are a number of challenges with therapy. These include the need for therapeutic monitoring due to variability in patient response, frequent dose adjustments, numerous drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-disease interactions, and a heightened risk of thrombosis and bleeding due to these issues. Current guidelines recommend that the vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) should be used for thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF at risk for stroke or systemic embolic events...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909542/which-factors-influence-resident-physicians-to-prescribe-noacs-to-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Zardasht Oqab Md Frcpc, William F McIntyre Md Frcpc, Wilma M Hopman Ma, Adrian Baranchuk Md Facc Frcp
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the European Society of Cardiology recommend the use of non-vitamin K antagonists (NOAC) in preference to warfarin for stroke prevention in most patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to identify factors that predict selection of a NOAC by resident physicians when faced with patients with non-valvular AF. A web-based survey was distributed to residents across Canada to learn the attitudes and behaviours regarding stroke, bleeding risk and choices of therapy in different clinical scenarios involving the same patient and one additional co-morbidity...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909525/quality-measures-in-atrial-fibrillation-therapy-af-ablation-and-get-with-the-guidelines-afib-registries
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EDITORIAL
Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy Md, Andrea Natale Md
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909516/the-role-of-noacs-in-atrial-fibrillation-management-a-qualitative-study
#12
Katherine Kirley Md Ms, Goutham Rao Md, Victoria Bauer Bs, Christopher Masi Md PhD
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) benefit from anticoagulation to reduce stroke risk. However, 30-60% of patients with AF are not anticoagulated. This study explored physicians' reasons for under-treatment of AF, focusing on the role of the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs). We interviewed primary care physicians and cardiologists involved in AF management in a variety of practice settings. We conducted interviews using a semi-structured format and analyzed the data using the Framework Method. Four themes emerged...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909473/cryoablation-for-the-treatment-of-drug-refractory-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-regional-medical-center-experience
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Robert Tonks Md, Hiba-Tul-Kareem Sayed Md, Ashley Adams Ba, William T Smith Md Facc
INTRODUCTION: PVI is an effective, guideline-based treatment for drug refractory symptomatic AF. Balloon cryoablation has been shown to be a safe and effective method for PVI. In the STOP-AF trial, data was produced from practitioners performing PVI with significant experience at high volume centers. This study evaluates the effectiveness and safety of treating symptomatic, drug refractory AF with PVI via cryoablation after implementation in a regional medical center. METHOD: This represents a retrospective analysis of outcomes after cryoablation treatment for AF in 71 patients over 354...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905006/guidelines-on-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department-a-critical-appraisal
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Giorgio Costantino, Gian Marco Podda, Lorenzo Falsetti, Primiano Iannone, Ana Lages, Alberto M Marra, Maristella Masala, Olaug Marie Reiakvam, Florentia Savva, Jan Schovanek, Sjoerd van Bree, Inês João da Silva Chora, Graziella Privitera, Silvio Ragozzino, Matthias von Rotz, Lycke Woittiez, Christopher Davidson, Nicola Montano
Several guidelines often exist on the same topic, sometimes offering divergent recommendations. For the clinician, it can be difficult to understand the reasons for this divergence and how to select the right recommendations. The aim of this study is to compare different guidelines on the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), and provide practical and affordable advice on its management in the acute setting. A PubMed search was performed in May 2014 to identify the three most recent and cited published guidelines on AF...
November 30, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903391/-current-status-of-warfarin-therapy-in-chinese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-analysis
#15
S J Zhao, H W Zhao, X P Wang, C Y Gao, Y H Qin, H X Cai, B Y Chen, J J Cao
Objective: To investigate the current status of warfarin therapy and the related factors in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation(NVAF) based on data from a single center. Methods: We analyzed clinical data including baseline clinical characteristics, complications, concomitant medications and anti-thrombotic treatment in patients who were admitted to our hospital with NVAF from January 2014 to June 2014. The data were analyzed by t test, Chi-square test, fisher exact test and binary logistic regression analysis for the above indexes with warfarin utilization...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903390/-current-status-of-antiarrhythmic-drug-use-and-safety-assessment-in-chinese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#16
R He, X Du, S W Liu, L J Sun, Y Li, H Zeng, Y Y Li, C Sun, Y Zhang, C S Ma, W Gao
Objective: To investigate the current status of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) use in Chinese patients with atrial fibrillation(AF) and assess the safety of AADs in this patient cohort. Methods: From January 2011 to December 2013, a total of 4 008 AF patients treated with AADs was enrolled in this study and patients were followed up for 24 months. Detailed information of prescribed drug, the causes of drug discontinuation and side effects were recorded. Results: Amiodarone was prescribed to 64.3%(2 579 cases) and propafenone to 31...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898406/low-incidence-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-transient-ischemic-attack
#17
Kenneth Bruun Pedersen, Alexander Chemnitz, Charlotte Madsen, Niels C F Sandgaard, Søren Bak, Axel Brandes
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of stroke. Therefore, all patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) should be examined with 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and continuous monitoring to detect AF. Current guidelines recommend at least 24 h continuous ECG monitoring, which is primarily based on studies investigating patients with ischemic stroke. The aim of our study was to investigate the diagnostic yield of 12-lead ECG and Holter monitoring in patients with TIA...
November 30, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893055/assessment-of-use-vs-discontinuation-of-oral-anticoagulation-after-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Sara Själander, Fredrik Holmqvist, J Gustav Smith, Pyotr G Platonov, Milos Kesek, Peter J Svensson, Carina Blomström-Lundqvist, Fariborz Tabrizi, Jari Tapanainen, Dritan Poci, Anders Jönsson, Anders Själander
Importance: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a recommended treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation, but it is unclear whether it results in a lower risk of stroke. Objectives: To investigate the proportion of patients discontinuing anticoagulation treatment after PVI in association with the CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years [doubled], diabetes, stroke [doubled], vascular disease, age 65-74 years, sex category [female]) score, identify factors predicting stroke after PVI, and explore the risk of cardiovascular events after PVI in patients with and without guideline-recommended anticoagulation treatment...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892421/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-during-influenza-vaccinations-by-primary-care-nurses-using-a-smartphone-electrocardiograph-iecg-a-feasibility-study
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Jessica Orchard, Nicole Lowres, S Ben Freedman, Laila Ladak, William Lee, Nicholas Zwar, David Peiris, Yasith Kamaladasa, Jialin Li, Lis Neubeck
BACKGROUND: People with unknown atrial fibrillation (AF), who are often asymptomatic, have a substantially increased risk of stroke. Although recommended in European guidelines, AF screening is not routinely performed. Screening at the time of influenza vaccination presents an ideal opportunity to detect AF in large numbers in a primary care medical setting, with an existing annual recall system for patients aged ≥65 years. DESIGN: Cross-sectional pilot study of handheld smartphone electrocardiogram (iECG) screening to identify unknown AF...
October 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890386/2016-guidelines-of-the-taiwan-heart-rhythm-society-and-the-taiwan-society-of-cardiology-for-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Chern-En Chiang, Tsu-Juey Wu, Kwo-Chang Ueng, Tze-Fan Chao, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Chun-Chieh Wang, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Wei-Hsian Yin, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Wei-Shiang Lin, Chia-Ti Tsai, Yen-Bin Liu, Kun-Tai Lee, Li-Jen Lin, Lian-Yu Lin, Kang-Ling Wang, Yi-Jen Chen, Mien-Cheng Chen, Chen-Chuan Cheng, Ming-Shien Wen, Wen-Jone Chen, Jyh-Hong Chen, Wen-Ter Lai, Chuen-Wang Chiou, Jiunn-Lee Lin, San-Jou Yeh, Shih-Ann Chen
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia. Both the incidence and prevalence of AF are increasing, and the burden of AF is becoming huge. Many innovative advances have emerged in the past decade for the diagnosis and management of AF, including a new scoring system for the prediction of stroke and bleeding events, the introduction of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and their special benefits in Asians, new rhythm- and rate-control concepts, optimal endpoints of rate control, upstream therapy, life-style modification to prevent AF recurrence, and new ablation techniques...
November 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
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