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Stefan Reers, Tolga Agdirlioglu, Michael Kellner, Matthias Borowski, Holger Thiele, Johannes Waltenberger, Michael Reppel
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) such as dabigatran or rivaroxaban are alternatives to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL). Incidences of risk factors for left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus formation, such as dense spontaneous echo contrast (SEC), low LAA velocity (LAAV) <20 cm/s under treatment with dabigatran and rivaroxaban in comparison with VKAs are unknown...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Lai Heng Lee
The group of new oral anticoagulants or NOACs, now termed direct oral anticoagulants or DOACs, with their favourable results from large scale phase III clinical trials, represent a major advancement and expanded armamentarium in antithrombotic therapy. Dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are now in clinical routine use for prevention and treatment of arterial and venous thrombotic diseases as addressed in their clinical trials. Usage of the DOACs is expected to increase as clinicians gain more experience and reassurance with data from the real world studies which are generally consistent with that from clinical trials...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Giulia Renda, Fabrizio Ricci, Raffaele De Caterina
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now proven alternatives to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). However, there are few data on the efficacy and safety of their use around cardioversion, where the risk of thromboembolic events is heightened. METHODS: We performed a random-effects meta-analysis of patients undergoing both electrical and pharmacological cardioversion for AF in the RE-LY, ROCKET-AF, ARISTOTLE, ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48, X-VeRT and ENSURE-AF trials...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Osman Beton, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Cağri Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycioğlu, Ismail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalcik, Mehmet Yaman, Sinan İnci, Bernas Altintaş, Sedat Kalkan, Cevat Kirma, Murat Biteker
This study aimed to investigate the potential misuse of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and the physicians' adherence to current European guideline recommendations in real-world using a large dataset from Real-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies in Turkey (RAMSES Study).RAMSES study is a prospective, multicenter, nationwide registry ( identifier NCT02344901). In this subgroup analysis of RAMSES study, patients who were on NOACs were classified as appropriately treated (AT), undertreated (UT), and overtreated (OT) according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Michał Mazurek, Menno V Huisman, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: Recent improvements in atrial fibrillation diagnosis and management have prompted the initiation of various registries, predominantly to assess adherence to new guidelines, but also to address the pending questions of safety and effectiveness of newly introduced management options in 'real world' clinical practice settings. In this review we appraise antithrombotic treatment patterns for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation registries. METHODS AND RESULTS: We searched PubMed, Science Direct and the Cochrane databases for registries focusing on stroke thromboprophylaxis in atrial fibrillation...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Laila Staerk, Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, Gregory Y H Lip, Morten Lamberts, Anders Nissen Bonde, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Brice Ozenne, Thomas Alexander Gerds, Gunnar Hilmar Gislason, Jonas Bjerring Olesen
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist (VKA) oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are widely used as stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), but comparative data are sparse. PURPOSE: To compare dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban vs. VKA and the risk of stroke/thromboembolism (TE) and intracranial bleeding in AF. METHODS: Using Danish nationwide registries (2011-15), anticoagulant-naïve AF patients were identified when initiating VKA or an NOAC...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal
Jamshed J Dalal, Anil Dhall, Abhay Bhave
Oral vitamin K antagonists (VKA) such as warfarin have been the mainstay of therapy for stroke prevention in patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) while low-molecular-weight heparin, fondaparinux and adjusted-dose warfarin or aspirin have been routinely used for thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement. However, VKAs are associated with considerable limitations, including increased risk of bleeding and narrow therapeutic window. Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs, now referred as Non Vit K dependent oral anticoagulants), including the direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran and direct Factor Xa inhibitors such as rivaroxaban and apixaban are now approved alternatives to warfarin for prophylaxis of stroke and systemic embolic events (SEE) in patients with NVAF and treatment and prophylaxis of VTE...
April 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Joris Komen, Tomas Forslund, Paul Hjemdahl, Morten Andersen, Björn Wettermark
AIMS: To assess the effect of policy interventions, i.e. reimbursement decisions, guidelines, and regional recommendations, on the prescribing of oral anticoagulant treatment in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Interrupted time series analyses using monthly data on all patients with a recorded diagnosis of AF newly initiated (both switchers and anticoagulant naïve patients) on either warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban or apixaban in the Stockholm region from April 2011 until February 2016...
October 11, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Özcan Başaran, Osman Beton, Volkan Doğan, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Çağrı Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycıoğlu, İsmail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalçık, Mehmet Yaman, İbrahim Altun, Mustafa Özcan Soylu, Cevat Kırma, Murat Biteker
OBJECTIVE: Data regarding stroke prevention strategies in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) are limited to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). This study aimed to evaluate real-life stroke prevention strategies for NVAF patients in the era of non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: We established a cross-sectional, multicenter, nationwide registry of NVAF patients. All consecutive atrial fibrillation (AF) patients and without mechanical heart valves or rheumatic mitral stenosis (but including those with any degree of mitral regurgitation) were enrolled in the ReAl-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies (RAMSES Study; ClinicalTrials...
October 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Francesco Pelliccia, Fabiana Rollini, Giuseppe Marazzi, Cesare Greco, Carlo Gaudio, Dominick J Angiolillo, Giuseppe Rosano
The combination of AF and coronary artery disease not only is a common clinical setting, it is also a complex setting to deal with anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy, and it is associated with significantly higher mortality rates. Unfortunately, there are no sufficient data available to optimally guide clinical practice in such settings. This review focuses specifically on newer oral anticoagulants (NOACs) associated with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Ken Okumura, Masatsugu Hori, Norio Tanahashi, A John Camm
Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is a risk factor for stroke in elderly patients. Although warfarin has been used to prevent AF-associated stroke for more than 50 years, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) including dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban recently have been developed to overcome the disadvantages of warfarin. Based on the results of NOAC clinical trials, Savelieva and Camm made recommendations regarding selection of NOACs in patients with nonvalvular AF. Recent accumulating evidence indicates that NOACs work differently in Asian and non-Asian individuals...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Fatima Urooj, Abhishek Kulkarni, Dwight Stapleton, Edo Kaluski
The choice of an oral anticoagulant (OAC) for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is a major and complex clinical decision taking into account the individual risk-benefit ratio and bearing in mind the chronicity of therapy. This review focuses on the safety and efficacy of new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) compared with conventional vitamin K antagonists (VKA) in patients with NVAF. Current data suggest that NOACs are at least as effective and safe as VKAs for most NVAF subjects. The NOACs do not mandate dietary restrictions and regular pharmacodynamic monitoring, and they seem to have lesser incidence of intracranial or fatal bleeding when compared with VKAs...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Francesco Pelliccia, Salvatore Rosanio, Giuseppe Marazzi, Sara Poggi, Alessandra Tanzilli, Cesare Greco, Carlo Gaudio, Giuseppe Rosano
The high risk of both stroke and major bleeding in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) defines an important population for whom the assessment of the balance between the risk of ischemic stroke and of bleeding is essential. The use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) may be a viable option in this population due to their greater net clinical benefit than warfarin, as demonstrated by the results of the clinical phase III trials. NOACs have been found to have a greater net clinical benefit than warfarin in patients at high risk of either stroke (CHADS2≥1 or CHA2DS2-VASc score≥2) or bleeding (HAS-BLED≥3)...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Alexandros A Polymeris, Christopher Traenka, Lisa Hert, David J Seiffge, Nils Peters, Gian Marco De Marchis, Leo H Bonati, Philippe A Lyrer, Stefan T Engelter
BACKGROUND: Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are beneficial in patients with stroke and atrial fibrillation (AF). However, little is known about frequency and determinants of adherence to NOACs/VKAs in clinical practice. METHODS: This is a single-center explorative study from the Novel Oral Anticoagulants in Stroke Patients (NOACISP)-LONGTERM registry. We included consecutive AF-stroke patients treated with NOACs/VKAs and followed up for 3-24 months...
October 6, 2016: European Neurology
E Pandya, B V Bajorek
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The importance of 'shared decision-making' is much emphasized in recent clinical guidelines regarding stroke management in atrial fibrillation (AF), more so following the inclusion of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) among the treatment options. It is important that patients are navigated through balanced and unbiased information about the available treatment options, so as to understand the risk and benefits associated with the therapies, and to enable them to accordingly communicate their concerns and views with their clinicians prior to therapy selection...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Ayrton Massaro, Robert P Giugliano, Bo Norrving, Ali Oto, Roland Veltkamp
Atrial fibrillation is the world's most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with a significantly increased risk of stroke. The global burden of atrial fibrillation is rising, commensurate with the ageing population. Well-controlled vitamin K antagonist-based anticoagulation has been shown to reduce the risk of stroke secondary to atrial fibrillation by two-thirds. However, patients with atrial fibrillation have frequently been denied anticoagulation because of a variety of perceived risks related to bleeding, falls, chronological age, and poor compliance...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Stavros Stavrakis, Julie A Stoner, Joel Kardokus, Paul J Garabelli, Sunny S Po, Ralph Lazzara
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that intermittent anticoagulation based on daily rhythm monitoring using the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is feasible and safe among patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Patients with paroxysmal AF and ≥1 risk factors for stroke were randomized to either intermittent or continuous anticoagulation. Those in the intermittent group were instructed to transmit a daily ECG using an iPhone-based rhythm monitoring device...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Supreet Kaur, Abhishek Kumar, Robert G Lerner, Wilbert S Aronow
The newer non-vitamin K dependent anticoagulants (NOACs) have provided a new tool in the armamentarium of physicians treating nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and thromboembolism. Slowly, but steadily, there has been an increased preference of NOACs over vitamin K antagonists. However, the major limiting factor and the concern that precluded their use was lack of reversal in emergent situations. With the advent of reversal agents such as idarucizumab, andexanet alfa and PER977, this gap is also being filled...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Y Chugh, R T Faillace
The risk stratification of patients with coexisting non valvular atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, is often a clinical challenge, as the definitions of congestive heart failure in the popular CHADS2 and CHA2DS2VASc scoring systems, and amongst major clinical trials on Warfarin and Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOAC) have heterogeneity. Available evidence reveals that any heart failure and/or left ventricular systolic dysfunction is associated with higher rates of stroke/systemic embolism and bleeding in patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation compared to patients without heart failure and normal left ventricular function...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Pasquale Pignatelli, Daniele Pastori, Simona Bartimoccia, Danilo Menichelli, Tommasa Vicario, Cristina Nocella, Roberto Carnevale, Francesco Violi
Anti Xa non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (anti Xa NOACs) seem to possess antiplatelet effect in vitro, but it is unclear if this occurs also in vivo. Aim of the study was to compare the effect on platelet activation of two anti Xa NOACs, namely apixaban and rivaroxaban, to warfarin, and to investigate the potential underlying mechanism by evaluating soluble glycoprotein GPVI (sGPVI), a protein involved in platelet activation. We performed a cross-sectional including AF patients treated with warfarin (n=30), or apixaban 10mg/day (n=40), or rivaroxaban 20mg/day (n=40)...
September 28, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
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