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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929326/the-involvement-of-pharmacies-in-the-screening-of-undiagnosed-atrial-fibrillation
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Pietro Amedeo Modesti, Gianni Donigaglia, Plinio Fabiani, Nicola Mumoli, Andrea Colella, Maria Boddi
Early identification of atrial fibrillation (AF) is now a priority in cardiovascular prevention because AF is common although often asymptomatic, and is associated with poor outcomes that are highly preventable with appropriate medical treatment. In Italy, AF prevalence among subjects aged ≥65 years ranges from 5 to 6% in observational studies based on the diagnosis recorded by general practitioners to 10-11% in studies where ECG screening is routinely offered. It is thus evident that a large number of subjects are not detected by conventional approach, and new strategies are required to increase early detection of AF...
September 19, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918203/short-term-effects-of-preoperative-beta-blocker-use-for-isolated-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Liangshan Wang, Hong Wang, Xiaotong Hou
OBJECTIVE: The use of preoperative beta-blockers has been used as a quality standard for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the benefits of beta-blockers use before CABG remain controversial. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the short-term effects of preoperative beta-blocker use for patients undergoing isolated CABG. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library for English articles published from inception to August 16, 2016...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901674/atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-cognitive-decline-in-stroke-free-subjects-the-troms%C3%A3-study
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Sweta Tiwari, Maja-Lisa Løchen, Bjarne K Jacobsen, Laila A Hopstock, Audhild Nyrnes, Inger Njølstad, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Kjell A Arntzen, Jocasta Ball, Simon Stewart, Tom Wilsgaard, Henrik Schirmer
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown associations between atrial fibrillation (AF) and cognitive decline. We investigated this association in a prospective population study, focusing on whether stroke risk factors modulated this association in stroke-free women and men. METHODS: We included 4983 participants (57% women) from the 5(th) survey of the Tromsø Study (Tromsø 5, 2001), of whom 2491 also participated in 6(th) survey (Tromsø 6, 2007-08). Information about age, education, blood pressure, body mass index, lipids, smoking, coffee consumption, physical activity, depression, coronary and valvular heart disease, heart failure and diabetes was obtained at baseline...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859942/a-multifaceted-intervention-to-improve-treatment-with-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-impact-af-an-international-cluster-randomised-trial
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Dragos Vinereanu, Renato D Lopes, M Cecilia Bahit, Denis Xavier, Jie Jiang, Hussein R Al-Khalidi, Wensheng He, Ying Xian, Andrea O Ciobanu, Deepak Y Kamath, Kathleen A Fox, Meena P Rao, Sean D Pokorney, Otavio Berwanger, Carlos Tajer, Pedro G M de Barros E Silva, Mayme L Roettig, Yong Huo, Christopher B Granger
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation is underused in patients with atrial fibrillation. We assessed the impact of a multifaceted educational intervention, versus usual care, on oral anticoagulant use in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: This study was a two-arm, prospective, international, cluster-randomised, controlled trial. Patients were included who had atrial fibrillation and an indication for oral anticoagulation. Clusters were randomised (1:1) to receive a quality improvement educational intervention (intervention group) or usual care (control group)...
August 25, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799780/lycopene-and-tomato-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-epidemiological-evidence
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Ho M Cheng, Georgios Koutsidis, John K Lodge, Ammar W Ashor, Mario Siervo, Jose Lara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Worldwide, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) remains as the main cause of mortality. Observational studies supports an association between intake of tomato products or lycopene with a reduced CVDs risk. Our aim was to undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence on the topic. METHODS: Medline, Web of Science, and Scopus were searched from inception until July 2017. We included longitudinal and cross-sectional studies reporting associations between lycopene and tomato consumption and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among adult subjects...
August 11, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797952/left-atrial-appendage-closure-using-amplatzer%C3%A2-devices-a-large-multicenter-italian-registry
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Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Elvis Brscic, Matteo Montorfano, Luigi Vignali, Paolo Danna, Claudio Tondo, Gianpiero D'Amico, Amerigo Stabile, Salvatore Saccà, Giuseppe Patti, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Arnaldo Poli, Paolo Golino, Paolo Magnavacchi, Alberto De Caterina, Francesco Meucci, Bruno Pezzulich, Marco Rezzaghi, Miroslava Stolcova, Giuseppe Tarantini
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) has been proven to be effective for stroke prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). We aim to assess the safety and efficacy of LAAO by AMPLATZER™ devices in a large, multicenter, single-nation cohort of NVAF patients at high-risk of stroke and bleeding. METHODS: From December 2008 to April 2015 613 NVAF patients (75.1±8.0years, 62.5% male) underwent LAAO in 15 Italian centers by AMPLATZER™ devices...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772106/frontal-plane-t-wave-axis-orientation-predicts-coronary-events-findings-from-the-moli-sani-study
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Licia Iacoviello, Marialaura Bonaccio, Augusto Di Castelnuovo, Simona Costanzo, Livia Rago, Amalia De Curtis, Deodato Assanelli, Fabio Badilini, Martino Vaglio, Mariarosaria Persichillo, Peter W Macfarlane, Chiara Cerletti, Maria Benedetta Donati, Giovanni de Gaetano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The orientation of the frontal plane T-wave axis (T axis) is a reliable measure of ventricular repolarisation. We investigated the association between T-axis and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), heart failure (HF), atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke and cardiovascular (CVD) mortality. METHODS: A sample of 21,287 Moli-sani participants randomly recruited from the general adult (≥35 y) Italian population, free of CVD disease, were followed for a median of 4...
July 22, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736385/thromboembolic-risk-bleeding-outcomes-and-effect-of-different-antithrombotic-strategies-in-very-elderly-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-sub-analysis-from-the-prefer-in-af-prevention-of-thromboembolic-events-european-registry-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Giuseppe Patti, Markus Lucerna, Ladislav Pecen, Jolanta M Siller-Matula, Ilaria Cavallari, Paulus Kirchhof, Raffaele De Caterina
BACKGROUND: Increasing age predisposes to both thromboembolic and bleeding events in patients with atrial fibrillation; therefore, balancing risks and benefits of antithrombotic strategies in older populations is crucial. We investigated 1-year outcome with different antithrombotic approaches in very elderly atrial fibrillation patients (age ≥85 years) compared with younger patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We accessed individual patients' data from the prospective PREFER in AF (PREvention oF thromboembolic events-European Registry in Atrial Fibrillation), compared outcomes with and without oral anticoagulation (OAC), and estimated weighed net clinical benefit in different age groups...
July 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733782/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-an-overview-for-clinicians
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REVIEW
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Roland Tilz, Tatjana S Potpara
Catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is currently one of the most commonly performed electrophysiology procedures. Ablation of paroxysmal AF is based on the elimination of triggers by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), while different strategies for additional AF substrate modification on top of PVI have been proposed for ablation of persistent AF. Nowadays, various technologies for AF ablation are available. The radiofrequency point-by-point ablation navigated by electro-anatomical mapping system and cryo-balloon technology are comparable in terms of the efficacy and safety of the PVI procedure...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730948/nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-previous-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Hans-Chris Diener, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Patrik Michel
Background In a previous systematic review and meta-analysis, we assessed the efficacy and safety of nonvitamin-K antagonist oral anticoagulants versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke or transient ischemic attack. Since then, new information became available. Aim The aim of the present work was to update the results of the previous systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods We searched PubMed until 24 August 2016 for randomized controlled trials using the following search items: "atrial fibrillation" and "anticoagulation" and "warfarin" and "previous stroke or transient ischemic attack...
August 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
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
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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/28716982/real-world-setting-comparison-of-nonvitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-vitamin-k-antagonists-for-stroke-prevention-in-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Konstantinos Vemmos, Patrik Michel, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Evidence from the real-world setting complements evidence coming from randomized controlled trials. We aimed to summarize all available evidence from high-quality real-world observational studies about efficacy and safety of nonvitamin-K oral anticoagulants compared with vitamin-K antagonists in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: We searched PubMed and Web of Science until January 7, 2017 for observational nationwide or health insurance databases reporting matched or adjusted results comparing nonvitamin-K oral anticoagulants versus vitamin-K antagonists in patients with atrial fibrillation...
July 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703931/rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-trial-of-apixaban-vs-warfarin-to-evaluate-atherosclerotic-calcification-and-vulnerable-plaque-progression
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Kazuhiro Osawa, Rine Nakanishi, Theingi Tiffany Win, Dong Li, Sina Rahmani, Negin Nezarat, Nasim Sheidaee, Matthew J Budoff
Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are known to increase vascular calcification, suggesting increased cardiovascular disease events. Apixaban is an oral direct factor Xa inhibitor superior to warfarin at preventing stroke or systemic embolism and may stabilize coronary atherosclerosis. The potential benefits of avoiding VKA therapy and the favorable effects of factor Xa inhibitors could contribute to cardiovascular disease event reduction. We hypothesized that apixaban inhibits vascular calcification and coronary atherosclerosis progression compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696596/-anticoagulation-in-old-fallers-a-common-challenge
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Philippe Chassagne, Marc Humbert, Sylvain Nguyen, Christophe Büla
Long term anticoagulation is required to reduce the risk of stroke or other thromboembolic events resulting from atrial fibrillation. Thus, anticoagulation is frequently considered in older persons who are at increased risk for hemorrhagic adverse events. This is even more so as about a third of older persons aged 65 years and over will fall over a year. Nevertheless, benefits from risk reduction in stroke incidence and its consequences (functional depen-dency, cognitive decline, altered quality of life, death) resulting from anticoagulant prescription remains superior to its related risk...
November 9, 2016: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679020/a-cross-study-analysis-evaluating-the-effects-of-food-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-rivaroxaban-in-clinical-studies
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Liping Zhang, Gary Peters, Lloyd Haskell, Purve Patel, Partha Nandy, Kenneth Todd Moore
US prescribing guidelines recommend that 15- and 20-mg doses of rivaroxaban be administered with food for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and for reduction in the risk of recurrence of DVT and PE. In addition, the US prescribing guidelines recommend these doses be administered with an evening meal to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this model-based cross-study comparison was to examine the impact of food, with regard to both meal timing and content, on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of rivaroxaban, using data collected during its clinical development...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669501/surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-united-states-trends-and-propensity-matched-outcomes
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Vinay Badhwar, J Scott Rankin, Niv Ad, Maria Grau-Sepulveda, Ralph J Damiano, A Marc Gillinov, Patrick M McCarthy, Vinod H Thourani, Rakesh M Suri, Jeffrey P Jacobs, James L Cox
BACKGROUND: Surgical ablation (SA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) effectively restores sinus rhythm. Incompletely defined risk has previously limited concomitant performance of SA during cardiac operations. The study goals were to define performance trends and risk-adjusted outcomes for contemporary SA. METHODS: From July 2011 to June 2014, 86,941 patients with AF, but without endocarditis, underwent primary nonemergent cardiac operations in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662810/treating-specialty-and-outcomes-in-newly%C3%A2-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-treat-af%C3%A2-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Alexander C Perino, Jun Fan, Susan K Schmitt, Mariam Askari, Daniel W Kaiser, Abhishek Deshmukh, Paul A Heidenreich, Christopher Swan, Sanjiv M Narayan, Paul J Wang, Mintu P Turakhia
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs in many clinical contexts and is diagnosed and treated by clinicians across many specialties. This approach has resulted in treatment variations. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to evaluate the association between treating specialty and AF outcomes among patients newly diagnosed with AF. METHODS: Using data from the TREAT-AF (Retrospective Evaluation and Assessment of Therapies in AF) study from the Veterans Health Administration, patients with newly diagnosed, nonvalvular AF between 2004 and 2012 were identified who had at least 1 outpatient encounter with primary care or cardiology within 90 days of the AF diagnosis...
July 4, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645443/once-or-twice-daily-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-asian-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a%C3%A2-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Kang-Ling Wang, Chun-Chih Chiu, Doreen Su-Yin Tan, Chun-Yi Lin, En-Yu Lai, Shinya Goto, Robert P Giugliano, Chern-En Chiang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have a half-life of around 12 h. We aimed to clarify if there was any effect modification by dosing (once- or twice-daily) regimens in Asian patients. METHODS: Phase III randomized controlled trials of NOACs compared with warfarin in Asian patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) were identified and extracted from PubMed, CENTRAL, and CINAHL databases through November 2016. Outcomes were pooled by dosing regimens with the Mantel-Haenszel fixed-effects model...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642017/patterns-of-care-and-temporal-trends-in-ischemic-stroke-management-a-brazilian-perspective
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Monique Bueno Alves, Gisele Sampaio Silva, Renata Carolina Acri Miranda, Rodrigo Meireles Massaud, Andreia Maria Heins Vaccari, Miguel Cendoroglo-Neto, Solange Diccini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Demonstration of an improvement process of quality indicators in stroke care is essential to obtain certification as a primary stroke center (PSC). Our aim was to evaluate factors that influence temporal trends in quality indicators of ischemic stroke (IS) in a Brazilian hospital. METHODS: We evaluated patients discharged with IS from a tertiary hospital from January 2009 to December 2013. Ten predefined performance measures selected by the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program were assessed...
October 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625370/rationale-and-design-of-the-apixaban-for-the-reduction-of-thrombo-embolism-in-patients-with-device-detected-sub-clinical-atrial-fibrillation-artesia-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Renato D Lopes, Marco Alings, Stuart J Connolly, Heather Beresh, Christopher B Granger, Juan Benezet Mazuecos, Giuseppe Boriani, Jens C Nielsen, David Conen, Stefan H Hohnloser, Georges H Mairesse, Philippe Mabo, A John Camm, Jeffrey S Healey
BACKGROUND: Device-detected subclinical atrial fibrillation (AF) refers to infrequent, short-lasting, asymptomatic AF that is detected only with long-term continuous monitoring. Subclinical AF is common and associated with an increased risk of stroke; however, the risk of stroke with subclinical AF is lower than for clinical AF, and very few patients with subclinical AF alone have been included in large AF anticoagulation trials. The net benefit of anticoagulation in patients with subclinical AF is unknown...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
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