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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228120/findings-of-transoesophageal-echocardiogram-in-appropriately-anticoagulated-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-prior-to-planned-cardioversion
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Jūratė Barysienė, Aistė Žebrauskaitė, Dovilė Petrikonytė, Germanas Marinskis, Sigita Aidietienė, Audrius Aidietis
BACKGROUND: To evaluate a diagnostic value of transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) in appropriately anticoagulated patients with a non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to establish possible additional indications for TEE; to evaluate the incidence of left atrial (LA) thrombi in appropriately anticoagulated patients in daily clinical practice. METHODS: This retrospective study analyses data of 432 patients who had been anticoagulated by means of oral anticoagulants (OACs) prior to planned cardioversion during the period from 2012 to 2015...
February 23, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217222/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-for-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-clinical-practice-a-single-center-experience
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Naoki Shibata, Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Toshiro Tomomatsu, Yoshihiro Ikai, Kazushi Terada, Kazuhito Tsuzuki, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation therapy with the vitamin K antagonist (VKA) warfarin has been demonstrated to reduce thromboembolic risk after electrical cardioversion (ECV). However, data concerning ECV with non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is limited. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of NOACs in patients undergoing ECV in a real-world clinical practice at a single center in Japan. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 406 consecutive patients who underwent ECV for atrial fibrillation (AF) or flutter under anticoagulation with one of the three NOACs (n=149) or with a VKA (n=257)...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209729/edoxaban-for-the-prevention-of-thromboembolism-in-patients-with-atrialfibrillation-and-bioprosthetic-valves
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Anthony P Carnicelli, Raffaele De Caterina, Jonathan L Halperin, Giulia Renda, Christian T Ruff, Marco Trevisan, Francesco Nordio, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott Antman, Robert P Giugliano
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and valvular heart disease (VHD) frequently coexist and independently increase mortality1. Bioprosthetic valve implantation (surgical or transcatheter), is a common, increasingly utilized treatment for VHD2. Patients with AF and bioprosthetic valves require anticoagulation to prevent thromboembolic events. Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are safe and efficacious alternatives to vitamin K antagonists for anticoagulation in AF. However, guidelines recommend against NOACs in patients with bioprosthetic valves, citing a lack of supporting data...
February 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209218/the-changing-landscape-for-stroke%C3%A2-prevention-in-af-findings-from-the-gloria-af-registry-phase-2
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Menno V Huisman, Kenneth J Rothman, Miney Paquette, Christine Teutsch, Hans-Christoph Diener, Sergio J Dubner, Jonathan L Halperin, Chang Sheng Ma, Kristina Zint, Amelie Elsaesser, Dorothee B Bartels, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: GLORIA-AF (Global Registry on Long-Term Oral Antithrombotic Treatment in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation) is a prospective, global registry program describing antithrombotic treatment patterns in patients with newly diagnosed nonvalvular atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke. Phase 2 began when dabigatran, the first non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC), became available. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe phase 2 baseline data and compare these with the pre-NOAC era collected during phase 1...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205318/risk-of-major-bleeding-and-stroke-associated-with-the-use-of-vkas-noacs-and-aspirin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-cohort-study
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Emilie Gieling, Hendrika A van den Ham, Hein van Onzenoort, Jacqueline Bos, Cornelis Kramers, Anthonius de Boer, Frank de Vries, Andrea M Burden
INTRODUCTION: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available for the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) as an alternative to vitamin K antagonists (VKA) and aspirin. The comparative effectiveness and safety in daily practice of these different drug classes is still unclear. The objective of this study was to evaluate the risk of major bleeding and stroke in AF patients using NOACs, VKAs or aspirin. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted among AF patients using the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (March 2008-October 2014)...
February 16, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188509/anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation-noac-prescribing-in-primary-health-care
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Carla Bastida, Núria Corominas, José Miguel Sotoca, Marina Rovira
Background Few studies assess the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in daily practice for the prevention of thromboembolic complications associated to nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Objectives Describe NOACs' use and analyze its prescribing pattern. Evaluate possible factors associated to adverse events (AEs) and the applicability of prescription support forms. Methods We included patients with AF treated with a NOAC during 2014 in three primary healthcare centers in Barcelona, Spain...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188243/effectiveness-and-safety-of-reduced-dose-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-and-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-propensity-weighted-nationwide-cohort-study
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Peter Brønnum Nielsen, Flemming Skjøth, Mette Søgaard, Jette Nordstrøm Kjældgaard, Gregory Y H Lip, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen
Objective To examine clinical effectiveness and safety of apixaban 2.5 mg, dabigatran 110 mg, and rivaroxaban 15 mg compared with warfarin among patients with atrial fibrillation who had not previously taken an oral anticoagulant.Design Propensity weighted (inverse probability of treatment weighted) nationwide cohort study.Setting Individual linked data from three nationwide registries in Denmark.Participants Patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation filling a first prescription for an oral anticoagulant from August 2011 to February 2016...
February 10, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185082/dabigatran-etexilate-a-review-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Hannah A Blair, Gillian M Keating
Dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa(®)) is approved in the EU for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and one or more risk factors. Dabigatran etexilate is a prodrug of dabigatran, a direct inhibitor of thrombin. In patients with NVAF in the phase III RE-LY trial, dabigatran etexilate dosages of 110 and 150 mg twice daily were noninferior to warfarin with regard to the risk of stroke or systemic embolism (primary efficacy endpoint). The higher dosage was associated with a significantly lower risk of stroke or systemic embolism than warfarin, with no significant between-group difference in the risk of major bleeding (primary safety endpoint)...
February 9, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178408/epidemiology-risk-factors-and-clinical-features-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage-an-update
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Sang Joon An, Tae Jung Kim, Byung-Woo Yoon
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is the second most common subtype of stroke and a critical disease usually leading to severe disability or death. ICH is more common in Asians, advanced age, male sex, and low- and middle-income countries. The case fatality rate of ICH is high (40% at 1 month and 54% at 1 year), and only 12% to 39% of survivors can achieve long-term functional independence. Risk factors of ICH are hypertension, current smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, hypocholesterolemia, and drugs. Old age, male sex, Asian ethnicity, chronic kidney disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), and cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) increase the risk of ICH...
January 2017: Journal of Stroke
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170360/safety-and-efficacy-of-underdosing-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-undergoing-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Hirosuke Yamaji, Takashi Murakami, Kazuyoshi Hina, Shunichi Higashiya, Hiroshi Kawamura, Masaaki Murakami, Shigeshi Kamikawa, Issei Komatsubara, Shozo Kusachi
BACKGROUND: Some patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) received underdoses of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in the real world. Underdosing is defined as administration of a dose lower than the manufacturer recommended dose. OBJECTIVES: To identify the efficacy and safety of underdosing NOACs as perioperative anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation ablation. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed patients who received rivaroxaban or dabigatran etexilate according to dosage: adjusted low dosage (reduced by disturbed renal function; n = 30), underdosage (n = 307), or standard dosage (n = 683)...
February 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167634/management-of-patients-on-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-the-acute-care-and-periprocedural-setting-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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Amish N Raval, Joaquin E Cigarroa, Mina K Chung, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, Deborah Diercks, Jonathan P Piccini, Hee Soo Jung, Jeffrey B Washam, Babu G Welch, Allyson R Zazulia, Sean P Collins
Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now widely used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and management of venous thromboembolism. In clinical practice, there is still widespread uncertainty on how to manage patients on NOACs who bleed or who are at risk for bleeding. Clinical trial data related to NOAC reversal for bleeding and perioperative management are sparse, and recommendations are largely derived from expert opinion. Knowledge of time of last ingestion of the NOAC and renal function is critical to managing these patients given that laboratory measurement is challenging because of the lack of commercially available assays in the United States...
February 6, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153350/incidence-and-predictors-of-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-in-patients-treated-with-nonvitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-before-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Joanne Wyrembak, Kristen B Campbell, Benjamin A Steinberg, Tristram D Bahnson, James P Daubert, Eric J Velazquez, Zainab Samad, Brett D Atwater
The utility of routine transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to exclude left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus before atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation in patients treated with nonvitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOAC) therapy is unclear. This single-center retrospective study sought to investigate the incidence of LAA thrombus in patients undergoing routine TEE before AF ablation treated with warfarin or NOAC therapy. We included 937 routine pre-AF ablation TEE procedures performed in patients treated with warfarin (n = 517) or NOAC (n = 420)...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144727/-non-vitamin-k-dependent-oral-anticoagulants-what-is-important-in-intensive-care-medicine
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D C Gulba, L Broscaru
Since first used in 2009, non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOAC) have gained world-wide acceptance. Two groups of NOAC are currently used: the direct thrombin antagonist dabigatran and three direct factor  Xa antagonists apixaban, edoxaban, and ricaroxaban. With their increasing use for prevention of thromboembolism, the probability increases that NOAC-pretreated patients are admitted to emergency departments or intensive care units.The clinical challenge in NOAC preanticoagulated patients is to adequately cope with the given anticoagulated status of such patients...
January 31, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132418/switching-adverse-effects-and-use-of-over-the-counter-analgesics-among-users-of-oral-anticoagulants-a-pharmacy-based-survey
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Maja Hellfritzsch, Lea Maria Rønneberg Hyllested, Line Meegaard, Alexander Wiberg-Hansen, Erik Lerkevang Grove, Anton Pottegård
Oral anticoagulants are widely used but information on important aspects in that respect is not available from medical registers or clinical databases. Therefore, we conducted a survey including patients filling a prescription for oral anticoagulants at two large Danish community pharmacies. We collected information concerning the patients' knowledge of their anticoagulant treatment including prior drug switching. Further, patients were asked about use of over-the-counter analgesics, adverse effects, and how the treatment affected their everyday life...
January 28, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131705/permanent-discontinuation-of-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-in-real-life-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Maria Cristina Vedovati, Paolo Verdecchia, Michela Giustozzi, Gabriella Molini, Serenella Conti, Lucia Pierpaoli, Francesca Valecchi, Adolfo Aita, Giancarlo Agnelli, Cecilia Becattini
BACKGROUND: Persistence to treatment affects clinical outcomes in patients with chronic disease such as atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: This prospective cohort study included consecutive non-valvular AF patients prescribed with non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and investigated for any permanent discontinuation at 1-year of this therapy, as well as any reasons for discontinuation. RESULTS: Overall, 1305 patients were prescribed with dabigatran (N=473), rivaroxaban (N=425) or apixaban (N=407)...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130378/rationale-and-design-of-axafa-afnet-5-an-investigator-initiated-randomized-open-blinded-outcome-assessment-multi-centre-trial-to-comparing-continuous-apixaban-to-vitamin-k-antagonists-in-patients-undergoing-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation
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REVIEW
Luigi Di Biase, David Callans, Karl Georg Hæusler, Gerhard Hindricks, Hussein Al-Khalidi, Lluis Mont, Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Jonathan P Piccini, Ulrich Schotten, Paulus Kirchhof
AIMS: Catheter ablation is the most efficacious rhythm control therapy in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. There is growing evidence that catheter ablation procedures are best performed during continuous oral anticoagulation, but outcomes are variable depending on the anticoagulation strategy or agent chosen. Specifically, there is a need to evaluate the peri-procedural use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients undergoing catheter ablation of AF. The AXAFA-AFNET 5 trial will test whether peri-procedural anticoagulation therapy using apixaban is a safe alternative to vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy for patients undergoing catheter ablation of AF...
January 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110293/increased-use-of-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-temporal-trends-from-2005-to-2015-in-denmark
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Kasper Gadsbøll, Laila Staerk, Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, Caroline Sindet-Pedersen, Anna Gundlund, Gregory Y H Lip, Gunnar Hilmar Gislason, Jonas Bjerring Olesen
AIM: The aim of this study is to examine temporal trends in the use oral anticoagulants (OAC) as stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and to examine factors associated with OAC initiation. METHODS AND RESULTS: From Danish nationwide registries, we identified patients diagnosed with AF at Danish hospitals and outpatient clinics between January 2005 and June 2015. OAC initiation was assessed from prescription fills ±180 days from date of AF diagnosis...
January 21, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100898/new-oral-anticoagulants-turkey-noac-turk-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
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Servet Altay, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Hüseyin Altuğ Çakmak, Lütfü Aşkın, Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Feyzullah Beşli, Ömer Gedikli, Özge Özden Tok
OBJECTIVE: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are increasingly used both for prevention of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the current patterns of NOACs treatment in Turkey. Moreover, demographic and clinical parameters and bleeding and/or embolic events under NOACs treatment were analyzed. METHODS: The New Oral Anticoagulants-TURKey (NOAC-TURK) study was designed as a multicenter cross-sectional study...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087311/-the-role-of-novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-undergoing-cryoballoon-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Giannis Baltogiannis, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Giulio Conte, Juan Sieira, Giacomo Di Giovanni, Giuseppe Ciconte, Carlo de Asmundis, Yukio Saitoh, Kristel Wauters, Ghazala Irfan, Pedro Brugada
AIM: Peri-procedural thromboembolic (TE) and hemorrhagic events are complications of major concern for patients undergoing cryoballoon (CB) ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). While peri-procedural anticoagulation management could decrease the incidence of these complications, data on CB ablation are scarce. The role of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) has not been thoroughly tested in this population. METHODS: In the present study, we sought to assess acute peri-procedural complications in patients undergoing CB ablation for AF under different anticoagulation regimens; anticoagulation administration was performed according to the CHA2DS2-VASc score guidelines...
November 16, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078536/new-oral-anticoagulants-compared-to-warfarin-for-perioperative-anticoagulation-in-patients-undergoing-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-a-meta-analysis-of-continuous-or-interrupted-new-oral-anticoagulants-during-ablation-compared-to-interrupted-or-continuous
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REVIEW
Yue Zhao, Yuan Yang, Xuejiao Tang, Xiang Yu, Lei Zhang, Hua Xiao
BACKGROUND: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been shown to be comparable to warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). This meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of NOACs for perioperative anticoagulation of AF catheter ablation. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, CNKI, VIP, and SinoMed were searched for articles published up to August 30, 2015. The data were calculated with RevMan 5.2 using a fixed-effects model...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
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