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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128883/early-canadian-multi-center-experience-with-watchman-for-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Jacqueline Saw, Peter Fahmy, Lorenzo Azzalini, Jean-Francois Marquis, Benjamin Hibbert, Carlos Morillo, Aldo Carrizo, Reda Ibrahim
BACKGROUND: There is limited data with WATCHMAN for left atrial appendage (LAA) closure in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and contraindications to anticoagulation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of WATCHMAN in our early Canadian experience. METHODS: We report our pooled consecutive series of patients who underwent WATCHMAN implantation at 4 major Canadian centers. Indications for LAA closure were CHADS2 ≥ 1 or CHA2 DS2 -VASc ≥ 2, and contraindication/intolerance to or failure on anticoagulation...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
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/28065908/ticagrelor-but-not-clopidogrel-active-metabolite-displays-antithrombotic-properties-in-the-left-atrial-endocardium
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Martin F Reiner, Alexander Breitenstein, Erik W Holy, Martina Glanzmann, Heidi Amstalden, Simon F Stämpfli, Nicole R Bonetti, Volkmar Falk, Stephan Keller, Gianluigi Savarese, Stefano Benussi, Francesco Maisano, Thomas F Lüscher, Jürg H Beer, Jan Steffel, Giovanni G Camici
AIMS: Oral anticoagulation is considered standard therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). Endocardial activation triggers expression of pro-thrombotic mediators including tissue factor (TF) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), and contributes to thrombus formation in the left atrial appendage (LAA) of AF patients. Recently, pleiotropic effects of specific P2Y12 receptor antagonists were demonstrated; however, whether these drugs possess antithrombotic effects on LAA endocardial cells currently remains unknown...
January 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025962/the-cost-savings-of-newer-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-related-stroke-prevention%C3%A2
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Norliana Masbah, Mary Macleod
BACKGROUND: Newer oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are considered as better alternatives compared to warfarin for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF) in terms of clinical effectiveness although the drug acquisition cost is more substantial. AIM: This study determined the direct stroke costs based on inpatient hospitalization in a subgroup of the National Health Service (NHS) Grampian, Scotland, stroke patients, to evaluate the differences in costs related to AF stroke, and to ascertain whether the use of NOACs within this study population would produce greater cost savings...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008771/stroke-risk-reduction-outweighed-bleeding-risk-increase-from-vitamin-k-antagonist-treatment-among-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-high-stroke-risk-and-low-bleeding-risk
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Winnie W Nelson, François Laliberté, Aarti A Patel, Guillaume Germain, Dominic Pilon, Nora McCormick, Patrick Lefebvre
OBJECTIVE: Warfarin is widely used for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). We compared the rates of stroke and major bleeding in NVAF patients with a high stroke risk and low bleeding risk profile during warfarin treated (W+) and warfarin untreated (W-) periods. METHOD: Insurance claims from six commercial, Medicaid or Medicare databases were analyzed from 2000 to 2014. NVAF patients treated with warfarin, with a CHADS2/CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2, and an ATRIA score ≤3 at baseline were identified...
January 24, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004413/direct-oral-anticoagulant-use-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-valvular-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ryan E Owens, Rajesh Kabra, Carrie S Oliphant
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are indicated for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), which, according to the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/Heart Rhythm Society atrial fibrillation (AF) guidelines, excludes patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis, a mechanical or bioprosthetic heart valve, or mitral valve repair. However, the data regarding use of DOACs in AF patients with other types of valvular heart disease (VHD) are unclear. We aimed to summarize and evaluate the literature regarding the safety and efficacy of DOAC use in NVAF patients with other types of VHD...
December 22, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956113/efficacy-and-safety-of-vitamin-c-for-atrial-fibrillation-after-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-with-trial-sequential-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#7
REVIEW
Xiaolan Hu, Linhui Yuan, Hongtao Wang, Chang Li, Junying Cai, Yanhui Hu, Changhua Ma
OBJECTIVES: Antioxidant supplement is an option in preventing postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiac surgery. However, the benefits and adverse effects of vitamin C have not been well assessed. We aimed to systematically evaluate the efficacy and safety of vitamin C in preventing postoperative AF in adult patients after cardiac surgery. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane library databases from inception to September 2016 were searched. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the efficacy and safety of vitamin C in preventing postoperative AF in adult patients after cardiac surgery were identified...
January 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933569/decision-making-in-clinical-practice-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-a-single-additional-stroke-risk-factor
#8
REVIEW
Tatjana S Potpara, Nikolaos Dagres, Nebojša Mujović, Dragan Vasić, Milika Ašanin, Milan Nedeljkovic, Francisco Marin, Laurent Fauchier, Carina Blomstrom-Lundqvist, Gregory Y H Lip
Approximately 1 in 3-4 patients presenting with an ischemic stroke will also have atrial fibrillation (AF), and AF-related strokes can be effectively prevented using oral anticoagulant therapy (OAC), either with well-controlled vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) or non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). In addition, OAC use (both VKAs and NOACs) is associated with a 26% reduction in all-cause mortality (VKAs) or an additional 10% mortality reduction with NOACs relative to VKAs. The decision to use OAC in individual AF patient is based on the estimated balance of the benefit from ischemic stroke reduction against the risk of major OAC-related bleeding [essentially intracranial hemorrhage (ICH)]...
December 8, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931607/causes-of-death-in-anticoagulated-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Antonio Gómez-Outes, Julián Lagunar-Ruíz, Ana-Isabel Terleira-Fernández, Gonzalo Calvo-Rojas, Maria Luisa Suárez-Gea, Emilio Vargas-Castrillón
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation reduces the risk of mortality in atrial fibrillation (AF), but examination of the causes of death is essential to design new strategies to further reduce the high mortality rates observed in this population. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to analyze and compare causes of death in patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) or warfarin for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism (SE) in AF. METHODS: The authors systematically searched for randomized trials of DOAC versus warfarin for prevention of stroke/SE in AF...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931605/bariatric-surgery-and-the-risk-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-swedish%C3%A2-obese-subjects
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Shabbar Jamaly, Lena Carlsson, Markku Peltonen, Peter Jacobson, Lars Sjöström, Kristjan Karason
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, which in turn is associated with stroke, heart failure, and increased all-cause mortality. OBJECTIVES: The authors investigated whether weight loss through bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation. METHODS: SOS (Swedish Obese Subjects) is a prospective matched cohort study conducted at 25 surgical departments and 480 primary healthcare centers in Sweden...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928736/antiplatelet-agents-in-hemodialysis
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REVIEW
Massimiliano Migliori, Vincenzo Cantaluppi, Alessia Scatena, Vincenzo Panichi
Patients affected by cardiovascular disease (CVD) are treated with antiplatelet agents (AA) and/or anticoagulant drugs, which are fundamental in the management of stroke, coronary atherosclerotic disease, peripheral vascular disease and atrial fibrillation. CVD is the most important cause of death in chronic renal failure (CRF). Death rates from myocardial infarction (MI) and from all other cardiac causes exceed those for the general population. Incidence of MI in CRF is triple that in the general population...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900868/-rivaroxaban-use-in-prevention-of-stroke-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-clinical-practice-results-of-observational-studies-and-our-experience
#12
Filip Málek
Rivaroxaban is direct oral factor Xa inhibitor indicated for tromboembolic event rate reduction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Knowledge of rivaroxaban efficacy and safety comes from a phase III randomized clinical trial ROCKET AF. In the present, we have more evidence of rivaroxaban efficacy from real-life clinical studies. XANTUS study was first international prospective observational real-life study documenting use of rivaroxaban in stroke prevention in a broad population of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892885/vitamin-k-antagonists-for-stroke-prevention-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hans Van Der Meersch, Dirk De Bacquer, An S De Vriese
BACKGROUND: The use of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in hemodialysis patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is controversial. No randomized trials are available and observational studies have yielded conflicting results, engendering a large clinical practice variability and physician uncertainty. An unresolved but highly relevant question is whether AF poses a true risk of ischemic stroke in hemodialysis and whether any form of oral anticoagulation is therefore warranted. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of studies that compared the incidence of ischemic stroke and bleeding in hemodialysis patients with AF taking VKA and those not taking VKA...
October 4, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868275/effectiveness-and-safety-of-drugs-used-for-stroke-prevention-in-a-cohort-of-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-from-a-primary-care-electronic-database
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Maria Giner-Soriano, Albert Roso-Llorach, Cristina Vedia Urgell, Xavier Castells, Dolors Capellà, Ignacio Ferreira-González, Josep Maria Elorza-Ricart, Marc Casajuana, Amelia Troncoso Mariño, Eduard Diògene, Bonaventura Bolíbar, Concepció Violan, Rosa Morros
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess effectiveness and safety of antithrombotics for stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation in real-use conditions. METHODS: We used a population-based retrospective cohort study. Information emerges from SIDIAP, a database containing anonymized information from electronic health records from 274 primary healthcare centres of the Catalan Health Institute, Catalonia (Spain), with a reference population of 5 835 000 people...
November 20, 2016: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843104/left-atrial-dysfunction-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cryptogenic-stroke-novel-insights-from-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Darryl P Leong, Emer Joyce, Philippe Debonnaire, Spyridon Katsanos, Eduard R Holman, Martin J Schalij, Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado, Nina Ajmone Marsan
BACKGROUND: Myocardial strain analysis by speckle-tracking echocardiography, which can detect subtle abnormalities in left atrial (LA) function, may offer unique insights into LA pathophysiology in patients with cryptogenic stroke (CS). The aim of this study was to investigate whether LA reservoir strain by speckle-tracking echocardiography, as a measure of LA compliance, is impaired in patients with CS and no history of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: A retrospective case-control study of 742 patients (mean age, 59 ± 13 years; 54% men; 371 with CS and 371 control subjects) was conducted...
January 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836133/impact-of-baseline-stroke-risk-and-bleeding-risk-on-warfarin-international-normalized-ratio-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-treat-af-study
#16
Jessica A Hellyer, Farnaz Azarbal, Claire T Than, Jun Fan, Susan K Schmitt, Felix Yang, Susan M Frayne, Ciaran S Phibbs, Celina Yong, Paul A Heidenreich, Mintu P Turakhia
Warfarin prevents stroke and prolongs survival in patients with atrial fibrillation and flutter (AF, collectively) but can cause hemorrhage. The time in international normalized ratio (INR) therapeutic range (TTR) mediates stroke reduction and bleeding risk. This study sought to determine the relation between baseline stroke, bleeding risk, and TTR. Using data from The Retrospective Evaluation and Assessment of Therapies in Atrial Fibrillation (TREAT-AF) retrospective cohort study, national Veterans Health Administration records were used to identify patients with newly diagnosed AF from 2003 to 2012 and subsequent initiation of warfarin...
January 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807780/retroperitoneal-haematoma-in-a-postoperative-alif-patient-taking-rivaroxaban-for-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Praveena Deekonda, Oliver M Stokes, Daniel Chan
BACKGROUND: Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are being increasingly used in the secondary prevention of thromboembolic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. Patients taking NOACs are difficult to manage perioperatively, and several unexpected complications have been reported in these patients. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a rivaroxaban-induced retroperitoneal haematoma in a 72-year-old man who underwent an L5/S1 anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) for grade 1 spondylolytic spondylolisthesis...
November 2, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798365/atrial-fibrillation-in-new-zealand-primary-care-prevalence-risk-factors-for-stroke-and-the-management-of-thromboembolic-risk
#18
Andrew M Tomlin, Hywel S Lloyd, Murray W Tilyard
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease but there is limited information on its prevalence in New Zealand primary care or the treatment provided to manage thromboembolic risk. Our aim was to estimate the prevalence of atrial fibrillation, assess patient risk for thromboembolism and evaluate the appropriateness of risk reduction using antiplatelet and oral anticoagulation therapy. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study utilising electronic medical records for 739,000 patients registered with 170 general practices in 2014...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695821/stroke-bleeding-and-mortality-risks-in-elderly-medicare-beneficiaries-treated-with-dabigatran-or-rivaroxaban-for-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#19
David J Graham, Marsha E Reichman, Michael Wernecke, Ya-Hui Hsueh, Rima Izem, Mary Ross Southworth, Yuqin Wei, Jiemin Liao, Margie R Goulding, Katrina Mott, Yoganand Chillarige, Thomas E MaCurdy, Chris Worrall, Jeffrey A Kelman
Importance: Dabigatran and rivaroxaban are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants approved for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). There are no randomized head-to-head comparisons of these drugs for stroke, bleeding, or mortality outcomes. Objective: To compare risks of thromboembolic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), major extracranial bleeding including major gastrointestinal bleeding, and mortality in patients with nonvalvular AF who initiated dabigatran or rivaroxaban treatment for stroke prevention...
November 1, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683276/direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-the-elderly-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-evidence-current-and-future-directions
#20
Angelique H Sadlon, Dimitrios A Tsakiris
BACKGROUND: Concerns regarding the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs: apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban, rivaroxaban) in the elderly persist owing to the lack of randomised controlled trials targeting this age group. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of DOACs in elderly patients (aged 75 years or more) with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism (VTE), based on already published large randomised trials. METHODS: EMBASE, MEDLINE and the Cochrane Library were searched from inception to June 2015 for phase III trials...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
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