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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097334/the-role-of-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-devices-in-the-detection-and-treatment-of-subclinical-atrial-fibrillation-a-review
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Paul L Hess, Jeff S Healey, Christopher B Granger, Stuart J Connolly, Paul D Ziegler, John H Alexander, Peter R Kowey, Christian T Ruff, Greg Flaker, Jonathan L Halperin, Robert G Hart, Renato D Lopes
Importance: Subclinical atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk for stroke. Observations: Subclinical AF is asymptomatic, short in duration, and usually detected with long-term, continuous monitoring. Most prior studies have explored its consequences using cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). Although current prevalence estimates are derived from study populations with prior CIEDs, 3 trials will assess the time to a first AF diagnosis among patients receiving a CIED for purposes of AF detection...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096100/efficacy-and-safety-of-apixaban-compared-with-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-peripheral-artery-disease-insights-from-the-aristotle-trial
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Peter T Hu, Renato D Lopes, Susanna R Stevens, Lars Wallentin, Laine Thomas, John H Alexander, Michael Hanna, Basil S Lewis, Freek W A Verheugt, Christopher B Granger, W Schuyler Jones
BACKGROUND: We studied (1) the rates of stroke or systemic embolism and bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation and peripheral artery disease (PAD) and (2) the efficacy and safety of apixaban versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation with and without PAD. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation (ARISTOTLE) trial randomized 18 201 patients with atrial fibrillation to apixaban or warfarin for stroke/systemic embolism prevention; 884 (4...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091833/the-gap-between-indicated-and-prescribed-stroke-prevention-therapies-in-a-high-risk-geriatric-population
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Mohammed Shurrab, Eugene Crystal, Denis O'Donnell, Hrishikesh Navare, Paula Neves, Rasha Khatib, Ilan Lashevsky, David Newman
PURPOSE: The use of oral anticoagulation (OAC) in the elderly population with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated in long-term care (LTC) facilities is inconsistent. We examined the magnitude and sources of the gap between indicated and prescribed OAC in the elderly population with AF. METHODS: We retrospectively scanned the electronic medical record (EMR) and pharmacy data of 25 LTC facilities in Ontario, Canada. The diagnosis of AF was drawn from EMR. Different attributable risk factors for possible failure to prescribe OAC were examined...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089151/influenza-vaccination-reduces-hemorrhagic-stroke-risk-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Ju-Chi Liu, Ta-Jung Wang, Li-Chin Sung, Pai-Feng Kao, Tsung-Yeh Yang, Wen-Rui Hao, Chun-Chao Chen, Yi-Ping Hsu, Szu-Yuan Wu
PURPOSE: The risk of hemorrhagic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is low but the consequences of its occurrence are extremely severe. In this study, we investigated the association of influenza vaccination with the risk of hemorrhagic stroke to develop an efficient strategy for reducing this risk in patients with AF. METHODS: In this study, data were retrieved from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The study cohort comprised all patients who received a diagnosis of AF (n=14,454) before January 1, 2005 (index date) and were followed until December 31, 2012...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087176/carotid-plaque-detection-improves-the-predictive-value-of-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-the-arapacis-study
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Stefania Basili, Lorenzo Loffredo, Daniele Pastori, Marco Proietti, Alessio Farcomeni, Anna Rita Vestri, Pasquale Pignatelli, Giovanni Davì, William R Hiatt, Gregory Y H Lip, Gino R Corazza, Francesco Perticone, Francesco Violi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Vascular disease (VD), as assessed by history of myocardial infarction or peripheral artery disease or aortic plaque, increases stroke risk in atrial fibrillation (AF), and is a component of risk assessment using the CHA2DS2-VASc score. We investigated if systemic atherosclerosis as detected by ultrasound carotid plaque (CP) could improve the predictive value of the CHA2DS2-VASc score. METHODS: We analysed data from the ARAPACIS study, an observational study including 2027 Italian patients with non-valvular AF, in whom CP was detected using Doppler Ultrasonography...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086887/patients-and-physicians-perceptions-and-attitudes-about-oral-anticoagulation-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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Gemma Mas Dalmau, Elisenda Sant Arderiu, María Belén Enfedaque Montes, Ivan Solà, Sandra Pequeño Saco, Pablo Alonso Coello
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulant therapy reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, but many patients are still not prescribed this therapy. The causes of underuse of vitamin K antagonists oral anticoagulants are not clear but could be related, in part, to patients' and physicians' perceptions and attitudes towards the benefits and downsides of this treatment. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate and synthesize patients' and physicians' perceptions and attitudes towards the benefits and downsides of vitamin K antagonist, in order to explore potential factors related with its underuse...
January 13, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077508/not-all-types-of-atrial-fibrillation-carry-the-same-stroke-risk-but-most-benefit-from-oral-anticoagulation
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EDITORIAL
Stefan H Hohnloser, Mate Vamos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077507/stroke-and-mortality-risk-in-patients-with-various-patterns-of-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-engage-af-timi-48-trial-effective-anticoagulation-with-factor-xa-next-generation-in-atrial-fibrillation-thrombolysis-in-myocardial-infarction-48
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Mark S Link, Robert P Giugliano, Christian T Ruff, Benjamin M Scirica, Heikke Huikuri, Ali Oto, Andrea E Crompton, Sabina A Murphy, Hans Lanz, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald
BACKGROUND: Whether the pattern of atrial fibrillation (AF) modifies the risk/benefit of anticoagulation is controversial. In ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 trial (Effective Anticoagulation with Factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 48), the factor Xa inhibitor edoxaban was noninferior to warfarin in preventing stroke or systemic embolic events and significantly reduced bleeding and cardiovascular mortality. However, detailed analyses by AF pattern have not been reported...
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076988/ischemic-stroke-risk-in-east-asian-patients-with-cha2ds2-vasc-score-of-1-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ying Bai, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip
Background The use of anticoagulation for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 has been debated, partially due to limited data on ischemic stroke risk and specific clinical trials in these patients. East Asian patients have a different stroke risk profile compared to non-East Asians. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of ischemic stroke risk in AF patients with a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 in East Asian countries. Methods A comprehensive literature search for studies evaluating ischemic stroke risk related with AF with CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 was conducted by two reviewers...
January 11, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076631/targeting-stroke-risk-and-improving-outcomes-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-latin-america
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Bruce Stambler, Fernando Scazzuso
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: To examine stroke risk factors, including atrial fibrillation, management and prevention, and stroke outcomes across Latin America. DESIGN AND SETTING: Narrative review conducted at Piedmont Heart Institute, United States. METHODS: The PubMed, Embase and Cochrane databases were searched for stroke AND "Latin America" AND epidemiology (between January 2009 and March 2015). Further studies in the SciELO, World Health Organization and Pan-American Health Organization databases were used to address specific points...
November 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073863/revisiting-sex-differences-in-outcomes-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Christel Renoux, Janie Coulombe, Samy Suissa
AIMS: In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), it is uncertain whether the higher risk of ischaemic stroke in women reported in some studies is due to residual confounding. We assessed this association using standard time-fixed and more accurate time-dependent adjustment for confounders. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the computerized databases of the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), we identified a cohort of patients with NVAF during 2000-2009 and RAMQ medication coverage...
January 10, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072697/usefulness-of-hatch-score-in-the-prediction-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-for-asians
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Kazuyoshi Suenari, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Yasuki Kihara, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Ann Chen
The HATCH score (hypertension <1 point>, age >75 years <1 point>, stroke or transient ischemic attack <2 points>, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease <1 point>, and heart failure <2 points>) was reported to be useful for predicting the progression of atrial fibrillation (AF) from paroxysmal to persistent or permanent AF for patients who participated in the Euro Heart Survey. The goal of the current study was to investigate whether the HATCH score was a useful scheme in predicting new-onset AF...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068791/the-utilization-of-antithrombotic-therapy-in-older-patients-in-aged-care-facilities-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Bridget Frain, Ronald Castelino, Luke R Bereznicki
Oral anticoagulants are essential drugs for the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Anticoagulants are, however, commonly withheld in older people due to the risk and fear of hemorrhage. Although the underutilization of anticoagulants in patients with AF has been demonstrated internationally, few studies have been conducted among aged care residents. The aim of this study was to determine the utilization of anticoagulants among people with AF residing in aged care facilities...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065447/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-followed-by-single-antiplatelet-therapy-short-and-mid-term-outcomes
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Zakaria Jalal, Marie-Lou Dinet, Nicolas Combes, Xavier Pillois, Pauline Renou, Igor Sibon, Xavier Iriart, Jean-Benoît Thambo
BACKGROUND: After left atrial appendage closure (LAAC), various antithrombotic protocols have been suggested, but the optimal post-procedural antithrombotic strategy is still under debate. AIMS: To investigate the efficacy and safety of LAAC with an AMPLATZER™ Cardiac Plug (ACP) device (St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN, USA) followed by single antiplatelet therapy. METHODS: Consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and a contraindication for oral anticoagulants who underwent LAAC with an ACP device between 2012 and 2014 in two French centres were included...
January 3, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064150/a-novel-risk-prediction-score-in-atrial-fibrillation-for-a-net-clinical-outcome-from-the-engage-af-timi-48-randomized-clinical-trial
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Christina L Fanola, Robert P Giugliano, Christian T Ruff, Marco Trevisan, Francesco Nordio, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald
AIMS: The choice between initiating a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) and a vitamin K antagonist (VKA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) may be challenging. To assist in this decision, we developed a risk score to identify patients for whom a therapeutic benefit of NOACs over VKA is predicted. METHODS AND RESULTS: ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 was a randomized clinical trial of edoxaban vs. warfarin in 21 105 patients with AF. Cox proportional hazard models identified factors associated with a serious net clinical outcome (NCO) of disabling stroke, life-threatening bleeding, and all-cause mortality in VKA naïve patients from the warfarin arm...
January 6, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062249/extracranial-arterial-and-venous-thromboembolism-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Kang-Ling Wang, Harry R Büller, Shinya Goto, Chun-Yi Lin, En-Yu Lai, Chun-Chih Chiu, Chern-En Chiang, Robert P Giugliano
BACKGROUND: Thromboembolism prevention is central to atrial fibrillation (AF) management. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have primarily focused on stroke prevention. Detailed analyses of extracranial thromboembolic events, particularly in patients with low dose non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), are scarce. OBJECTIVES: To assess efficacy of NOACs in prevention of extracranial arterial and venous thromboembolism. METHODS: We searched PubMed, CENTRAL, and CINAHL through April 2016 for phase III RCTs of NOACs in patients with AF...
January 3, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056795/bleeding-outcomes-associated-with-rivaroxaban-and-dabigatran-in-patients-treated-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Mohammad Zafooruddin Sani Soogund, Abhishek Rishikesh Teeluck, Manish Pursun, Akash Bhurtu, Wei-Qiang Huang
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is commonly used as a secondary prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, limitations have been observed even with the use of this medication. Recently, several newer direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been approved for use by the food and drug administrations. Unfortunately, these newer drugs have seldom been compared directly with each other. Therefore, this study aimed to compare the bleeding events associated with rivaroxaban and dabigatran in patients treated for non-valvular AF...
January 6, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052755/atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-hospitalized-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-analysis-of-the-china-acute-myocardial-infarction-cami-registry
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Yan Dai, Jingang Yang, Zhan Gao, Haiyan Xu, Yi Sun, Yuan Wu, Xiaojin Gao, Wei Li, Yang Wang, Runlin Gao, Yuejin Yang
BACKGROUND: The incidence, clinical outcomes and antithrombotic treatment spectrum of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have not been well studied in Chinese population. METHODS: Twenty-six thousand five hundred ninety-two consecutive patients diagnosed with AMI were enrolled in CAMI registry from January 2013 to September 2014. After excluding 343 patients with uncertain AF status and 1,591 patients transferred out during hospitalization, 24,658 patients were finally included in this study and involved in analysis...
January 4, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039212/single-lead-atrial-vs-dual-chamber-pacing-in-sick-sinus-syndrome-extended-register-based-follow-up-in-the-danpace-trial
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Niels H Brandt, Rikke Esberg Kirkfeldt, Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Leif Spange Mortensen, Gunnar Vagn Hagemann Jensen, Jens Brock Johansen, Ketil Haugan
AIMS: The DANPACE trial randomized patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) to single lead atrial (AAIR) or dual chamber (DDDR) pacemaker (PM). After 5 years follow-up, no difference in overall survival, stroke or heart failure (HF) was observed, whereas risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) and PM reoperation were increased in the AAIR group. The present study aimed to investigate very long term risk of death, AF hospitalization, stroke, HF and rate of change in pacing mode using national register-based data...
December 29, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029411/atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure-factors-influencing-the-choice-of-oral-anticoagulant
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REVIEW
Louise A E Brown, Christopher J Boos
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) frequently coexist. AF is identified in approximately one third of patients with HF and is linked to increased morbidity and mortality than from either condition alone. AF is relatively more common in HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) than with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Nevertheless, the risk of stroke and systemic embolism (SSE) is significantly increased with both HF types and the absolute risk is heavily influenced by the presence and severity of associated additional stroke risk factors...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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