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Reduction of strokes from atrial fibrillation

Konstadinos Plestis, Oleg Orlov, Vishal N Shah, Joshua Wong, Matthew Thomas, Alon Aharon, Cinthia Orlov, Georgia Panagopoulos, Scott Goldman
OBJECTIVES: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) can be technically demanding and may lead to prolonged operative time. We evaluated the intraoperative and postoperative patient outcomes following implementation of 2 facilitating technologies (FT) in MIAVR: the Cor-Knot titanium fastener and Custodiol-histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate solution. METHODS: A total of 299 patients underwent MIAVR from 2008 to 2016; 172 (57.5%) patients were included in the FT group and 127 (42...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Lisette Wintgens, Aleksandr Romanov, Karen Phillips, Gabriel Ballesteros, Martin Swaans, Richard Folkeringa, Ignacio Garcia-Bolao, Evgeny Pokushalov, Lucas Boersma
Aims: Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation (CA) and consequently the potential for stroke reduction remain unpredictable. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective mechanical alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in AF patients. This study aims to evaluate long-term clinical results of combined CA and LAAC in one single procedure. Methods and results: Patients with non-valvular AF who underwent combined CA and LAAC procedure were included in the retrospective compilation of independent prospective general LAAC registries at the individual centres...
March 13, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Karsten Mh Bruins Slot, Eivind Berge
BACKGROUND: Factor Xa inhibitors and vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are now recommended in treatment guidelines for preventing stroke and systemic embolic events in people with atrial fibrillation (AF). This is an update of a Cochrane review previously published in 2013. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of treatment with factor Xa inhibitors versus VKAs for preventing cerebral or systemic embolic events in people with AF. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the trials registers of the Cochrane Stroke Group and the Cochrane Heart Group (September 2016), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (August 2017), MEDLINE (1950 to April 2017), and Embase (1980 to April 2017)...
March 6, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Sagar Dugani, Jeffrey M Ames, JoAnn E Manson, Samia Mora
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The role of aspirin in secondary cardiovascular prevention is well understood; however, the role in primary prevention is less clear, and requires careful balancing of potential benefits with risks. Here, we summarize the evidence base on the benefits and risks of aspirin therapy, discuss clinical practice guidelines and decision support tools to assist in initiating aspirin therapy, and highlight ongoing trials that may clarify the role of aspirin in cardiovascular disease prevention...
February 21, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Habib Rehman Khan, Ines Kralj-Hans, Shouvik Haldar, Toufan Bahrami, Jonathan Clague, Anthony De Souza, Darrel Francis, Wajid Hussain, Julian Jarman, David Gareth Jones, Neeraj Mediratta, Raad Mohiaddin, Tushar Salukhe, Simon Jones, Joanne Lord, Caroline Murphy, Joanna Kelly, Vias Markides, Dhiraj Gupta, Tom Wong
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the commonest arrhythmia which raises the risk of heart failure, thromboembolic stroke, morbidity and death. Pharmacological treatments of this condition are focused on heart rate control, rhythm control and reduction in risk of stroke. Selective ablation of cardiac tissues resulting in isolation of areas causing atrial fibrillation is another treatment strategy which can be delivered by two minimally invasive interventions: percutaneous catheter ablation and thoracoscopic surgical ablation...
February 20, 2018: Trials
Benjamin A Steinberg, Peter Shrader, Karen Pieper, Laine Thomas, Larry A Allen, Jack Ansell, Paul S Chan, Michael D Ezekowitz, Gregg C Fonarow, James V Freeman, Bernard J Gersh, Peter R Kowey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Gerald V Naccarelli, James A Reiffel, Daniel E Singer, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are indicated for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) but require lower doses in certain patients. We sought to describe the frequency, appropriateness (according to Food and Drug Administration labeling), and outcomes of patients prescribed reduced doses of NOACs in community practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data from the ORBIT-AF II (The Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation II) registry, a prospective, national, observational registry of AF patients...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Tymon Pol, Claes Held, Johan Westerbergh, Johan Lindbäck, John H Alexander, Marco Alings, Cetin Erol, Shinya Goto, Sigrun Halvorsen, Kurt Huber, Michael Hanna, Renato D Lopes, Witold Ruzyllo, Christopher B Granger, Ziad Hijazi
BACKGROUND: Dyslipidemia is a major risk factor for cardiovascular events. The prognostic importance of lipoproteins in patients with atrial fibrillation is not well understood. We aimed to explore the association between apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1) and B (ApoB) and cardiovascular events in patients with atrial fibrillation receiving oral anticoagulation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using data from the ARISTOTLE (Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation) trial, ApoA1 and ApoB plasma levels were measured at baseline in 14 884 atrial fibrillation patients...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Giulio Zucchelli, Giusy Sirico, Luca Rebellato, Massimiliano Marini, Giuseppe Stabile, Maurizio Del Greco, Antonello Castro, Ermenegildo De Ruvo, Ezio Soldati, Gianluca Zingarini, Salvatore Ocello, Elisabetta Daleffe, Massimo Mantica, Claudio Pandozi, Massimiliano Maines, Fabrizio Guarracini, Maria Grazia Bongiorni
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to evaluate the clinical outcome of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation with contact force technology, using an automated lesion tagging system (VISITAGTM module) with strict criteria of catheter stability.Methods and Results:We enrolled 200 consecutive patients who underwent pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in 11 centers and were followed up for 12 months. The stability setting was within 3 mm for ≥10 s and for ≥15 s in 47% and 53% of patients, respectively...
February 8, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Norio Tanahashi, Takenori Yamaguchi, Hideto Awano, Hiroaki Matsuda
BACKGROUND: We investigated how diabetes mellitus (DM) affects the outcome of acute ischemic stroke (AIS), comparing with the outcomes in those who had hypertension (HT) and atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: This study was a sub-analysis of PROTECT4.5, which was previously performed as a large-scale, prospective observational study of edaravone with approximately 10,000 patients with AIS in Japan. The study patients treated with edaravone alone or edaravone + alteplase (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator [tPA]) were analyzed for their outcomes and explored for the risk factors of poor outcome, after being divided into 8 groups according to their affected complications of DM, HT, or AF in the groups treated with edaravone alone or edaravone + tPA...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Dragos Vinereanu, Alice Wang, Hillary Mulder, Renato D Lopes, Petr Jansky, Basil S Lewis, Bernard J Gersh, Alvaro Avezum, Michael Hanna, Claes Held, Lars Wallentin, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander
OBJECTIVE: To assess stroke/systemic embolism, major bleeding and other outcomes, and treatment effect of apixaban versus warfarin, in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and different types of valvular heart disease (VHD), using data from the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation trial. METHODS: There were 14 793 patients with known VHD status, categorised as having moderate or severe mitral regurgitation (MR) (n=3382), aortic regurgitation (AR) (n=842) or aortic stenosis (AS) (n=324); patients with moderate or severe mitral stenosis were excluded from the trial...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Jorge Romero, Gregory F Michaud, Ricardo Avendano, David F Briceño, Saurabh Kumar, Juan Carlos Diaz, Sanghamitra Mohanty, Chintan Trivedi, Carola Gianni, Domenico Della Rocca, Riccardo Proietti, Laura Perrotta, Stefano Bordignon, Julian K R Chun, Boris Schmidt, Mario Garcia, Andrea Natale, Luigi Di Biase
Aims: The long-term outcomes of left atrial appendage electrical isolation (LAAEI) in patients with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) have corroborated the significant role of the LAA in this arrhythmia. We sought to investigate the incremental benefit of LAAEI in patients undergoing catheter ablation for persistent AF or long-standing persistent AF (LSPAF). Methods and results: A systematic review of Medline, Cochrane, and Embase for all the clinical studies in which assessment LAAEI in non-paroxysmal AF patients was performed...
January 12, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
George Ntaios, Vasileios Papavasileiou, Dimitrios Sagris, Konstantinos Makaritsis, Konstantinos Vemmos, Thorsten Steiner, Patrik Michel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous systematic reviews and meta-analyses compared the efficacy and safety of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure versus medical treatment in patients with cryptogenic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Recently, new evidence from randomized trials became available. METHODS: We searched PubMed until September 24, 2017, for trials comparing PFO closure with medical treatment in patients with cryptogenic stroke/TIA using the items: stroke or cerebrovascular accident or TIA and patent foramen ovale or paradoxical embolism and trial or study...
January 15, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Chinmay G Deshpande, Stephen Kogut, Robert Laforge, Cynthia Willey
OBJECTIVES: Our study examined the impact of adherence to Novel Oral Anticoagulants (dabigatran and rivaroxaban) [NOACs] on ischemic-stroke (IS), major-bleeding (MB), deep-vein-thrombosis and pulmonary-embolism (DVTPE) risk in a large, nationwide, propensity-matched sample. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study utilized data from a US commercial insurance database (2010-2012). Adults patients with ≥1 diagnosis of atrial fibrillation/flutter (ICD-9 427.31/32), >1 prescription of NOACs and CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1 were included...
January 16, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Stefana Catalina Bilha, Alexandru Burlacu, Dimitrie Siriopol, Luminita Voroneanu, Adrian Covic
BACKGROUND: Although chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an independent risk factor for stroke, official recommendations for the primary prevention of stroke in CKD are generally lacking. SUMMARY: We searched PubMed and ISI Web of Science for randomised controlled trials, observational studies, reviews, meta-analyses and guidelines referring to measures of stroke prevention or to the treatment of stroke-associated risk factors (cardiovascular disease in general and atrial fibrillation (AF), arterial hypertension or carotid artery disease in particular) among the CKD population...
January 9, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Lien Desteghe, Johan Vijgen, Pieter Koopman, Dagmara Dilling-Boer, Joris Schurmans, Paul Dendale, Hein Heidbuchel
Aims: To evaluate the effect of telemonitoring on adherence to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Methods and results: A randomized, single-blind, crossover, controlled trial in 48 AF patients on once or twice daily (OD or BID) NOAC. The Medication Event Monitoring System tracked NOAC intake during three phases of 3 months each: daily telemonitoring, telemonitoring with immediate telephone feedback in case of intake errors, and an observation phase without daily transmissions...
January 2, 2018: European Heart Journal
P Bahrmann, M Christ
Based on established risk scores, such as the CHA2 DS2 -VASc score, the indications for oral anticoagulation are given for patients over 65 years old with atrial fibrillation and even more so for patients over 75 years old. Before beginning anticoagulation a geriatric assessment for evaluation of the cognitive ability, the activities of daily living and the risk of falling should be made because of the known complications of anticoagulation. Geriatric patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) are increasingly being treated with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC) to prevent ischemic stroke...
December 19, 2017: Herz
María Asunción Esteve-Pastor, José Miguel Rivera-Caravaca, Vanessa Roldán, Vicente Vicente, Giulio Francesco Romiti, Imma Romanazzi, Marco Proietti, Mariano Valdés, Francisco Marín, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been proposed as an alternative to vitamin K antagonists (VKA) for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Some studies have proposed that well-managed warfarin therapy is still a valid alternative as efficacious as NOACs but the potential impact and absolute effect of NOACs in "real world" optimally management of VKA AF patients is unknown. PURPOSE: To estimate the potential absolute benefit in clinical outcome rates if the optimally anticoagulated "real-world" AF patients with acenocoumarol had been treated with NOACs...
December 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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
S P Bell, D Liu, L R Samuels, A S Shah, K A Gifford, T J Hohman, A L Jefferson
OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of late-life body mass index (BMI) and rapid weight loss on incident mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). DESIGN: Prospective longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC) Uniform Data Set, including 34 past and current National Institute on Aging-funded AD Centers across the United States. PARTICIPANTS: 6940 older adults (n=5061 normal cognition [NC]; n=1879 MCI)...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Sheldon M Singh, Feng Qiu, Lauren Webster, Peter C Austin, Dennis T Ko, Jack V Tu, Harindra C Wijeysundera
BACKGROUND: Increased mortality is well described in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), primarily related to death from cardiovascular causes. One may hypothesize that cardiology care may be associated with a reduction in cardiovascular deaths in patients with AF, thereby improving their overall survival. The aim of this study was to assess the association between cardiologist care and clinical outcomes, including all-cause mortality, in patients with new-onset AF. METHODS: This was a retrospective population-level, propensity score-matched cohort study of patients aged 20-80 years with new-onset AF presenting to an emergency department in Ontario, Canada between 2010 and 2012...
December 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
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