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Atrial fibrillation stroke prophylaxis

William F McIntyre, David Conen, Brian Olshansky, Jonathan L Halperin, Emil Hayek, Menno V Huisman, Gregory Y H Lip, Shihai Lu, Jeff S Healey
BACKGROUND: Antithrombotic prophylaxis with oral anticoagulation (OAC) substantially reduces stroke and mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). HYPOTHESIS: Analysis of data in GLORIA-AF, an international, observational registry of patients with newly-diagnosed AF, can identify factors associated with treatment decisions and outcomes. METHODS: Multivariable regression identified patient, physician, and temporal factors associated with OAC prescription, versus management with antiplatelet drugs or no antithrombotic drugs in North American patients enrolled between November 2011 and February 2014...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Christopher W Baugh, Carol L Clark, Jason W Wilson, Ian G Stiell, Abraham G Kocheril, Krista K Luck, Troy D Myers, Charles V Pollack, Steven K Roumpf, Gery F Tomassoni, James M Williams, Brian B Patel, Fred Wu, Jesse M Pines
Atrial fibrillation and flutter (AF) is a common condition among emergency department (ED) patients in the United States (US). Traditionally, ED care for primary complaints related to AF focus on rate control, and patients are often admitted to an inpatient setting for further care. Inpatient care may include further telemetry monitoring and diagnostic testing, rhythm control, a search for identification of AF etiology, and stroke prophylaxis. However, many patients are eligible for safe and effective outpatient management pathways...
March 10, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Xiaoming Jia, Glenn N Levine, Yochai Birnbaum
The CHA2 DS2 -VASc score has been widely adopted as a risk stratification tool for strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation and to help in deciding when anticoagulation therapy for stroke prophylaxis may be beneficial. The score as a whole has been well validated and has been included in the current major practice guidelines. An advantage of the CHA2 DS2 -VASc score is its ease of use, allowing clinicians to quickly estimate risk based on a short set of criteria. However, the benefit of simplicity may also be a weakness...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
R Wachter, K Gröschel
About a quarter of a million people in Germany suffer a stroke every year. Stroke is the most dreaded cardiovascular disease, even before myocardial infarction and heart failure. In the last two to three years, significant progress has been made in acute treatment, secondary prophylaxis in patients with patent foramen ovale, and the interdisciplinary evaluation of atrial fibrillation as the cause of the stroke. These new findings allow for more precise treatment.
February 19, 2018: Der Internist
B Kováčová, J Červeňová
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) became rapidly accepted as an alternative to warfarin in the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation and prophylaxis of thromboembolic events. Their safety and efficacy have been well documented in several studies, however, as with any new drug, use in real-world population often reveals risk factors that may affect treatment outcomes. The aim of the study was to determine the prescribing patterns and analyse patient characteristics to identify incidence of selected factors (age, weight, comorbidities and interacting medication) that may affect DOAC safety and efficacy...
September 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
Laura Siga Stephan, Eduardo Dytz Almeida, Raphael Boesche Guimarães, Antonio Gaudie Ley, Rodrigo Gonçalves Mathias, Maria Valéria Assis, Tiago Luiz Luz Leiria
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is responsible for one in four strokes, which may be prevented by oral anticoagulation, an underused therapy around the world. Considering the challenges imposed by this sort of treatment, mobile health support for shared decision-making may improve patients' knowledge and optimize the decisional process. OBJECTIVE: To develop and evaluate a mobile application to support shared decision about thromboembolic prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation...
February 1, 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Dawn M Bravata, Laura J Myers, Greg Arling, Edward J Miech, Teresa Damush, Jason J Sico, Michael S Phipps, Alan J Zillich, Zhangsheng Yu, Mathew Reeves, Linda S Williams, Jason Johanning, Seemant Chaturvedi, Fitsum Baye, Susan Ofner, Curt Austin, Jared Ferguson, Glenn D Graham, Rachel Rhude, Chad S Kessler, Donald S Higgins, Eric Cheng
Importance: The timely delivery of guideline-concordant care may reduce the risk of recurrent vascular events for patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke. Although many health care organizations measure stroke care quality, few evaluate performance for patients with TIA or minor stroke, and most include only a limited subset of guideline-recommended processes. Objective: To assess the quality of guideline-recommended TIA and minor stroke care across the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system nationwide...
February 5, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Juan Zhang, Xingpeng Liu, Xiaoqing Liu, Xiandong Yin, Yanjiang Wang, Xiaoying Lu, Xinchun Yang
We assessed the thromboembolic risks of atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who had undergone radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using the CHADS2-VASc risk scoring system and further investigated the patterns of warfarin use for thromboprophylaxis according to patient thromboembolic risk scores.In this study, we analyzed the stroke risks of patients who had undergone RFA for AF at our hospital between March 2014 and June 2016 using the CHADS2, CHADS2-VASc, and Hypertension, Abnormal renal/liver function, Stroke, Bleeding history or predisposition, Labile international normalized ratio, Elderly (> 65 years) (HAS-BLED) scoring systems...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Pai-Feng Kao, Ju-Chi Liu, Yi-Ping Hsu, Li-Chin Sung, Tsung-Yeh Yang, Wen-Rui Hao, Ying-Chin Lin, Szu-Yuan Wu
Purpose: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with the risk of ischemic stroke, regardless of the administration of appropriate antithrombotic prophylaxis. This study investigated whether influenza vaccination is associated with the risk of ischemic stroke, to determine a solution to reduce this risk in patients with AF. Methods: We used data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The study cohort comprised all patients diagnosed as having AF (n = 14 454) before January 1, 2005; these patients were followed until December 31, 2012...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
Daniele Pastori, Kazuo Miyazawa, Gregory Y H Lip
The risk of developing dementia is increased in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), with the incidence of both conditions increasing with aging. Patients with dementia frequently do not receiving adequate thrombo-prophylaxis, because of the inability to monitor INR and/or to achieve and maintain good compliance with anticoagulant treatment. Under-treatment is therefore an important contributor to the increased risk of ischemic stroke and mortality in this subgroup of AF patients. In newly-diagnosed patients with AF starting oral anticoagulation, the presence of cognitive impairment should be considered in addition to the calculation of the SAMe-TT2R2 score, as part of an integrated decision management pathway to choose the most appropriate oral anticoagulant [i...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Giovanni Filardo, Ralph J Damiano, Gorav Ailawadi, Vinod H Thourani, Benjamin D Pollock, Danielle M Sass, Teresa K Phan, Hoa Nguyen, Briget da Graca
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is significantly associated with reduced survival, but poor characterisation and inconsistent definitions present barriers to developing effective prophylaxis and management. We sought to address this knowledge gap. METHODS: From 2002 to 2010, 11 239 consecutive patients without AF underwent isolated CABG at five sites. Clinical data collected for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Database were augmented with details on AF detected via continuous in-hospital ECG/telemetry monitoring to assess new-onset post-CABG AF (adjusted for STS risk of mortality); time to first AF; durations of first and longest AF episodes; total in-hospital time in AF; number of in-hospital AF episodes; operative mortality; stroke; discharge in AF; and length of stay (LOS)...
January 11, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Florentino Lupercio, Jorge Romero, Bradley Peltzer, Carola Maraboto, David Briceno, Pedro Villablanca, Kevin Ferrick, Jay N Gross, Soo Kim, John Fisher, Luigi Di Biase, Andrew Krumerman
BACKGROUND: Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and amiodarone are widely used in the treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The DOACs are P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and cytochrome p-450 (CYP3A4) substrates. DOAC levels may be increased by the concomitant use of potent dual P-gp/CYP3A4 inhibitors such as amiodarone, which can potentially translate into adverse clinical outcomes. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of drug-drug interaction by the concomitant use of DOACs and amiodarone...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
Marin Nishimura, Shiv Sab, Ryan R Reeves, Jonathan C Hsu
Stroke is the most feared complication of atrial fibrillation (AF). Although oral anticoagulation with non-vitamin K antagonist and non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been established to significantly reduce risk of stroke, real-world use of these agents are often suboptimal due to concerns for adverse events including bleeding from both patients and clinicians. Particularly in patients with previous serious bleeding, oral anticoagulation may be contraindicated. Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO), mechanically targeting the source of most of the thrombi in AF, holds an immense potential as an alternative to OAC in management of stroke prophylaxis...
December 8, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Ulrike Mergenthaler, Karel Kostev, Sven Moosmang, Inga-Marion Thate-Waschke, Sylvia Haas
BACKGROUND: Guideline-based, risk-adjusted therapy with anticoagulants reduce thromboembolic stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHOD: This study analyzed use of oral anticoagulation in German AF-patients. Access to anonymized patient records was made via IMS Health Disease Analyzer database (sample size: 113,619 patients with ICD-10 Code I48.-; observation period: 11/2010-10/2013). Results were subsequently extrapolated to all general practitioners' (GPs) and cardiological practices in Germany...
December 2017: MMW Fortschritte der Medizin
Anne Sig Vestergaard, Flemming Skjøth, Torben Bjerregaard Larsen, Lars Holger Ehlers
BACKGROUND: \Anticoagulation is used for stroke prophylaxis in non-valvular atrial fibrillation, amongst other by use of the vitamin K antagonist, warfarin. Quality in warfarin therapy is often summarized by the time patients spend within the therapeutic range (percent time in therapeutic range, TTR). The correlation between TTR and the occurrence of complications during warfarin therapy has been established, but the influence of patient characteristics in that respect remains undetermined...
2017: PloS One
Adam Ioannou, Irene Tsappa, Sofia Metaxa, Constantinos G Missouris
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide, and carries a significantly increased risk of thromboembolic stroke. Initially, vitamin K antagonists were used as stroke prophylaxis; but more recently, a group of drugs known as novel oral anticoagulants have been developed. Apixaban belongs to this group of drugs, and is a factor Xa inhibitor that has emerged as a popular pharmacological agent worldwide. In this review, we will provide an overview of the pivotal trials in the development of apixaban, while also critically evaluating the new emerging real-world data, and discussing the effectiveness, safety, economic viability and future prospects of apixaban and how it impacts on patient outcomes in those with non-valvular atrial fibrillation...
2017: Patient related Outcome Measures
Miho Kimachi, Toshi A Furukawa, Kimihiko Kimachi, Yoshihito Goto, Shingo Fukuma, Shunichi Fukuhara
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an independent risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF), which is more prevalent among CKD patients than the general population. AF causes stroke or systemic embolism, leading to increased mortality. The conventional antithrombotic prophylaxis agent warfarin is often prescribed for the prevention of stroke, but risk of bleeding necessitates regular therapeutic monitoring. Recently developed direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) are expected to be useful as alternatives to warfarin...
November 6, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Diana Fischer, Patricia Orlando, Laura Shane-McWhorter
OBJECTIVE: To describe Mohs micrographic surgery and evaluate whether direct oral anticoagulants should be withheld in patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) prior to the procedure and to consider what type of antibiotic prophylaxis should be used. SETTING: A community setting in which an elderly patient is living independently at home. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Academic-affiliated internal medicine clinic that cares for adult patients of all ages, including elderly patients living independently in their own home...
August 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Christopher Goshgarian, Philip B Gorelick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in stroke patients. We discuss use of oral anticoagulation and other interventions for the prevention of VTE. A new class of medications, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), have been successfully trialed for the prevention of VTE. We review the data and guidance statements for VTE prevention. RECENT FINDINGS: Warfarin and vitamin K antagonist drugs have been the mainstay of VTE prevention for decades...
September 18, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Ethan J Rowin, Anais Hausvater, Mark S Link, Patrick Abt, William Gionfriddo, Wendy Wang, Hassan Rastegar, N A Mark Estes, Martin S Maron, Barry J Maron
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common sustained arrhythmia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), is capable of producing symptoms that impact quality of life and is associated with risk for embolic stroke. However, the influence of AF on clinical course and outcome in HCM remains incompletely resolved. METHODS: Records of 1558 consecutive patients followed at the Tufts Medical Center Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Institute for 4.8±3.4 years (from 2004 to 2014) were accessed...
December 19, 2017: Circulation
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