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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802808/novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-direct-current-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation
#1
Giuseppe Femia, Taufik Fetahovic, Pratap Shetty, Astin Lee
BACKGROUND: For some patients with atrial fibrillation, direct current cardioversion (DCCV) is one strategy that can be used to establish sinus rhythm but appropriate anticoagulation is mandatory to prevent thromboembolic events. Historically, patients were anticoagulated with warfarin with bridging with unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin, however, recently novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban have become more popular. Despite the increase in use, real world data on safety and efficacy is limited...
July 17, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795332/the-patterns-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-use-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-seven-balkan-countries-a-report-from-the-balkan-af-survey
#2
Tatjana S Potpara, Elina Trendafilova, Gheorghe-Andrei Dan, Artan Goda, Zumreta Kusljugic, Sime Manola, Ljilja Music, Viktor Gjini, Belma Pojskic, Mircea Ioakim Popescu, Catalina Arsenescu Georgescu, Elena S Dimitrova, Delyana Kamenova, Uliks Ekmeciu, Denis Mrsic, Ana Nenezic, Sandro Brusich, Srdjan Milanov, Ivan Zeljkovic, Gregory Y H Lip
INTRODUCTION: Data on management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Balkan Region are scarce. To capture the patterns in AF management in contemporary clinical practice in the Balkan countries a prospective survey was conducted between December 2014 and February 2015, and we report results pertinent to the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: A 14-week prospective, multicenter survey of consecutive AF patients seen by cardiologists or internal medicine specialists was conducted in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia (a total of about 50 million inhabitants)...
August 9, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789760/-antithrombotic-treatment-of-patients-with-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Ann Bovin, Thomas Decker Christensen, Erik Lerkevang Grove
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with a markedly increased risk of thromboembolic events, particularly in patients with valvular AF. Recent trials comparing vitamin K antagonists with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) for stroke prevention in AF excluded most patients with valvular AF. Although the definition of valvular AF is disputed, the lack of evidence regarding the use of NOACs for these patients is not. We discuss the definition of valvular AF, the risk of thromboembolism, and the antithrombotic treatment for stroke prevention in these patients...
July 17, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765771/2017-consensus-of-the-asia-pacific-heart-rhythm-society-on-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Chern-En Chiang, Ken Okumura, Shu Zhang, Tze-Fan Chao, Chung-Wah Siu, Toon Wei Lim, Anil Saxena, Yoshihide Takahashi, Wee Siong Teo
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia, causing a 2-fold increase in mortality and a 5-fold increase in stroke. The Asian population is rapidly aging, and in 2050, the estimated population with AF will reach 72 million, of whom 2.9 million may suffer from AF-associated stroke. Therefore, stroke prevention in AF is an urgent issue in Asia. Many innovative advances in the management of AF-associated stroke have emerged recently, including new scoring systems for predicting stroke and bleeding risks, the development of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), knowledge of their special benefits in Asians, and new techniques...
August 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756016/pharmacological-stroke-prevention-in-the-elderly-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-poland-results-of-polsenior-study
#5
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/28750830/appropriate-dosing-of-nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation
#6
REVIEW
Benjamin A Steinberg, Jeffrey B Washam
The development of nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) has been a major advance in therapy for patients requiring oral anticoagulation, particularly for long-term indications such as stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). The NOACs are generally easier to dose and manage due to less heterogeneity of effect across individuals and fewer drug and food interactions, compared with warfarin. However, the treatment effect of NOACs may vary based on important patient characteristics, particularly renal function...
June 19, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736561/recent-advances-in-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-end-stage-renal-disease
#7
REVIEW
Federico Ronco, Patrizio Mazzone, Leila Hosseinian, Simonetta Genovesi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with a high prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), but in this population the risk/benefit ratio of anticoagulant therapy with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) for thromboprophylaxis is uncertain. SUMMARY: In end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing hemodialysis, VKA seem less effective in stroke prevention than in the general population, with an increased risk of major bleeding. Recently, novel oral anticoagulant agents (NOACs) have proven to be effective for stroke prevention in AF and have demonstrated an improved safety profile compared to VKA...
June 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727359/-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Gaia Sirimarco, Lorenz Hirt, Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren
Oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) was the cornerstone of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). This review article presents the state of the art, with regard to the treatment options developed over the past few years, the new oral anticoagulants (NOAC). A search in PubMed for relevant published studies has been performed. Dabigatran and apixaban were superior to warfarin to reduce stroke risk or systemic embolism ; dabigatran, rivaroxaban and edoxaban were non-inferior. All NOAC are globally non-inferior to warfarin for stroke prevention in non-valvular AF and they have a superior safety profile, with a reduced intracranial bleeding risk...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724512/the-health-buddies-app-as-a-novel-tool-to-improve-adherence-and-knowledge-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-pilot-study
#9
Lien Desteghe, Kiki Kluts, Johan Vijgen, Pieter Koopman, Dagmara Dilling-Boer, Joris Schurmans, Paul Dendale, Hein Heidbuchel
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) constitutes an important risk for stroke, especially in an ageing population. A new app (Health Buddies) was developed as a tool to improve adherence to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in an elderly AF population by providing a virtual contract with their grandchildren, spelling out daily challenges for both. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility and usability of the Health Buddies app in AF patients...
July 19, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720644/effects-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-valvular-heart-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
REVIEW
Kuo-Li Pan, Daniel E Singer, Bruce Ovbiagele, Yi-Ling Wu, Mohamed A Ahmed, Meng Lee
BACKGROUND: The original non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) trials in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) enrolled patients with native valve pathologies. The object of this study was to quantify the benefit-risk profiles of NOACs versus warfarin in AF patients with native valvular heart disease (VHD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Trials were identified by exhaustive literature search. Trial data were combined using inverse variance weighting to produce a meta-analytic summary hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) of efficacy and safety of NOACs versus warfarin...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713598/development-of-new-deep-venous-thrombosis-while-on-apixaban
#11
Munish Sharma, Sabarina Ramanathan, Koroush Khalighi
The efficacy of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in preventing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) has been established in large multicenter trials. Predictable pharmacokinetics, avoidance of routine laboratory monitoring, and lesser drug interactions have made NOACs safer and more tolerable treatment option in comparison to warfarin. However, cases of treatment failure mainly due to interindividual variation in plasma drug levels can be seen rarely. In this report we describe a case of acute DVT of right lower extremity in a patient who was on apixaban for prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to underlying nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710707/prescription-patterns-of-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-across-indications-and-factors-associated-with-their-increased-prescribing-in-atrial-fibrillation-between-2012-2015-a-study-from-the-norwegian-prescription-database
#12
Anna Maria Urbaniak, Bjørn Oddvar Strøm, Randi Krontveit, Kristin Helene Svanqvist
OBJECTIVE: We studied prescription patterns for non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in Norway between 2012 and 2015, and compared NOAC and warfarin patient characteristics such as age, gender and cardiovascular (CV) co-medications across reimbursed indications. Factors associated with NOAC prescribing in atrial fibrillation (AF) were also analysed. METHODS: All Norwegian patients (N = 156,124) who received at least one dispensed NOAC or warfarin prescription within the indications of AF, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (DVT_PE) or prevention of venous thromboembolic events after a hip or knee surgery (VTE_surg) between 2012 and 2015 were included in the study...
August 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707135/secondary-stroke-prevention-in-cryptogenic-stroke-and-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-esus
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REVIEW
Hans-Christoph Diener, Richard Bernstein, Robert Hart
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the literature on cryptogenic stroke and embolic stroke of undetermined stroke (ESUS). Cryptogenic stroke according to TOAST criteria is a stroke which is not due to cardiogenic embolism, small vessel disease with lacunes or large vessel disease of brain supplying arteries. In the context of secondary stroke prevention studies, cryptogenic stroke is not operationally defined. RECENT FINDINGS: The new concept of "embolic stroke of undetermined source" (ESUS) provides an operational definition...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700711/non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-are-non-inferior-for-stroke-prevention-but-cause-fewer-major-bleedings-than-well-managed-warfarin-a-retrospective-register-study
#14
Vilhelm Sjögren, Björn Byström, Henrik Renlund, Peter J Svensson, Jonas Oldgren, Bo Norrving, Anders Själander
BACKGROUND: For patients with atrial fibrillation, non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants, or NOACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, edoxaban, and apixaban) have been proven non-inferior or superior to warfarin in preventing stroke and systemic embolism, and in risk of haemorrhage. In the pivotal NOAC studies, quality of warfarin treatment was poor with mean time in therapeutic range (TTR) 55-65%, compared with ≥70% in Swedish clinical practice. METHODS: We compared NOACs (as a group) to warfarin in non-valvular atrial fibrillation, studying all 12,694 patients starting NOAC treatment within the Swedish clinical register and dosing system Auricula, from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014, and matching them to 36,317 patients starting warfarin using propensity scoring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692826/efficacy-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-for-intracardiac-thrombi-resolution-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#15
Esteban Orenes-Piñero, María A Esteve-Pastor, Mariano Valdés, Gregory Y H Lip, Francisco Marín
Intracardiac thrombus is a potentially life-threatening condition associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), with a high risk of embolic complications. Oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy is the first-line treatment for its prevention or resolution. For many patients, traditional OAC treatment using vitamin K antagonists (VKAs; e.g., warfarin) is limited by several factors and the advent of non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs), with improved efficacy and safety profiles, has provided additional treatment options...
July 7, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682563/-non-vitamin-k-dependent-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Luca Di Lullo, Vincenzo Barbera, Antonio Bellasi, Mario Cozzolino, Domenico Russo, Giovanni Otranto, Francesca Santoboni, Claudio Ronco
Atrial fibrillation (AF) represents the most common arrhythmia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). As in the general population, AF is associated with an increased risk of thromboembolism and stroke, according to progressive decline of glomerular filtration rate (GFR). However, CKD patients, especially those on renal replacement therapy (RRT), also exhibit an increased risk of bleeding, especially from the gastrointestinal tract. Oral anticoagulation is the most effective form of thromboprophylaxis in patients with AF presenting increased risk of stroke...
April 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682039/-noacs-and-chronic-kidney-disease
#17
Luca Di Lullo, Vincenzo Barbera, Antonio Bellasi, Mario Cozzolino, Domenico Russo, Giovanni Otranto, Francesca Santoboni, Claudio Ronco
Atrial fibrillation (AF) represents the most common arrhythmia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). As in the general population, AF is associated with an increased risk of thromboembolism and stroke, according to progressive decline of glomerular filtration rate (GFR). However, CKD patients, especially those on renal replacement therapy (RRT), also exhibit an increased risk of bleeding, especially from the gastrointestinal tract. Oral anticoagulation is the most effective form of thromboprophylaxis in patients with AF presenting increased risk of stroke...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681678/chads2-risk-score-and-rate-of-stroke-or-systemic-embolism-and-major-bleeding-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-receiving-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants
#18
Walter VAN Mieghem, Patrizio Lancellotti
Randomized trials showed non-inferior or superior results of the non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) compared with warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Despite the absence of direct head-to-head comparisons between the different NOACs, certain molecules have been proposed for subgroups of patients based mainly on the perception of different bleeding risks. The CHADS2 score has been uniformly used in the inclusion criteria of these studies and shared similar risk factors as the haemorrhagic risk score HAS-BLED...
July 6, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681581/risk-analysis-of-new-oral-anticoagulants-for-gastrointestinal-bleeding-and-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
#19
Wei-Wei Xu, Shen-Jiang Hu, Tao Wu
BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic therapy using new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has been generally shown to have a favorable risk-benefit profile. Since there has been dispute about the risks of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) and intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), we sought to conduct a systematic review and network meta-analysis using Bayesian inference to analyze the risks of GIB and ICH in AF patients taking NOACs. METHODS: We analyzed data from 20 randomized controlled trials of 91 671 AF patients receiving anticoagulants, antiplatelet drugs, or placebo...
July 2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679480/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-compared-with-warfarin-at-different-levels-of-inr-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
#20
João Carmo, Jorge Ferreira, Francisco Costa, Pedro Carmo, Diogo Cavaco, Salomé Carvalho, Francisco Morgado, Pedro Adragão, Miguel Mendes
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of warfarin for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) depend on the time in the therapeutic range (TTR) with an international normalised ratio (INR) of 2.0-3.0. This meta-analysis focused the relative efficacy and safety of non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOAC) compared with warfarin at different thresholds of centre's TTR (cTTR). METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, CENTRAL and websites of regulatory agencies, limiting searches to randomized phase 3 trials...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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