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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920451/decision-of-anticoagulation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-low-cha-sub-2-sub-ds-sub-2-sub-vasc-score-remains-challenging
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B Doyen, O Deceuninck, O Xhaet
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2016: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920399/anticoagulation-for-stroke-prevention-in-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-what-are-the-obstacles
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C W Wong
The elderly with atrial fibrillation are more prone to stroke. Oral anticoagulants such as warfarin are effective in the prevention of atrial fibrillation-associated stroke and systemic embolism. The CHADS2 or CHA2D2-VASc score and HAS-BLED score were developed to stratify stroke risk associated with atrial fibrillation and bleeding risk in a patient with atrial fibrillation, respectively, to facilitate the decision for and safe use of oral anticoagulant. Nonetheless, the decision for anticoagulation is not straightforward and the elderly with non-valvular atrial fibrillation are often precluded from anticoagulant prescription...
December 2016: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917716/antithrombotic-treatment-management-in-patients-with-intracerebral-hemorrhage-reversal-and-restart
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Dimitrios Giakoumettis, George A Alexiou, Dimitrios A Vrachatis, Kostas Themistoklis, Pantelis Stathis, Manolis Vavuranakis, Marios S Themistocleous
BACKGROUND: Intracerebral hemorrhage is the pathological accumulation of blood within the brain. It is a type of stroke more likely to be lethal or to severely disable the patient and results from a wide variety of causes. On the other hand antithrombotic therapy is used for the prevention or/and the therapy of thromboembolic episodes. Antithrombotic drugs are very effective in reducing risk or mortality rate after a thromboembolic event, yet they are associated with significant hemorrhages...
December 5, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917715/antiplatelet-agents-and-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-practice
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Jens Lutz, Kerstin Jurk
Progressive impairment of renal function can lead to uremia, which is associated with thus increasing the risk of bleeding as well as thrombosis. Furthermore, many patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an indication for an anticoagulation or antiplatelet therapy due to atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, thromboembolic disease, or peripheral artery disease. The treatment usually includes vitamin-K antagonists (VKAs) and/or platelet aggregation inhibitors. The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) inhibiting factor Xa or thrombin activity represent an alternative for heparins and VKAs...
December 5, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917710/peri-procedural-anticoagulation-in-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-review
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Dimitrios A Vrachatis, Georgios Giannopoulos, Charalambos Kossyvakis, Panagopoulou Vasiliki, Manolis Vavuranakis, Theodore G Papaioannou, Stamatina Pagoni, Vlasios N Pyrgakis, Michael W Cleman, Spyridon G Deftereos
Catheter ablation for rhythm control in atrial fibrillation has been recognized as an established treatment. Patients with atrial fibrillation suffer from an increased risk from thromboembolic events. Long-term stroke risk and mortality has been shown to be reduced after catheter ablation, still the procedure per se is associated with an additive peri-procedural thromboembolic risk. Maintenance of the thrombotic - bleeding equilibrium in such patients during interventional procedures is compelling. Lack of data from randomized studies along with the recent introduction of novel oral anticoagulants in clinical practice has resulted in a wide variance of antithrombotic treatment approaches...
December 5, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916486/apixaban-in-patients-with%C3%A2-atrial%C3%A2-fibrillation%C3%A2-after-transfemoral-aortic-valve%C3%A2-replacement
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Julia Seeger, Birgid Gonska, Christoph Rodewald, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Jochen Wöhrle
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to assess the impact of atrial fibrillation (AF) on outcome in transfemoral aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and to evaluate the safety and efficacy of apixaban compared with a vitamin K antagonist (VKA) in patients with AF after TAVR. BACKGROUND: Non-VKA oral anticoagulant agents have not been systematically used in patients with AF after TAVR. METHODS: Of the 617 patients enrolled, 55.9% (n = 345) were in sinus rhythm and 44...
December 1, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914497/acute-management-of-stroke-patients-taking-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-addressing-real-world-anticoagulant-management-issues-in-stroke-aramis-registry-design-and-rationale
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Ying Xian, Adrian F Hernandez, Tina Harding, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Robert E Suter, Yosef Khan, Lee H Schwamm, Eric D Peterson
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban) have been increasingly used as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation. Yet there is substantial lack of information on how patients on NOACs are currently treated when they have an acute ischemic stroke and the best strategies for treating intracerebral hemorrhage for those on chronic anticoagulation with warfarin or a NOAC. These are critical unmet needs for real world clinical decision making in these emergent patients...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913059/cha2ds2-vasc-scores-and-major-bleeding-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-who-are-receiving-rivaroxaban
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W Frank Peacock, Sally Tamayo, Manesh Patel, Nicholas Sicignano, Kathleen P Hopf, Zhong Yuan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Assessing stroke risk associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation depends on the evaluation of patient characteristics and clinical features. Clinicians must determine that the net clinical benefit from anticoagulation therapy outweighs its risk, namely, bleeding. Risk assessment for stroke is commonly performed by calculating a CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure/left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension, ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism, vascular disease, aged 65 to 74 years, sex female) score...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912983/hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Josef Veselka, Nandan S Anavekar, Philippe Charron
Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an inherited myocardial disease defined by cardiac hypertrophy (wall thickness ≥15 mm) that is not explained by abnormal loading conditions, and left ventricular obstruction greater than or equal to 30 mm Hg. Typical symptoms include dyspnoea, chest pain, palpitations, and syncope. The diagnosis is usually suspected on clinical examination and confirmed by imaging. Some patients are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912776/improving-stroke-prevention-therapy-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-primary-care-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial
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Theresa M Lee, Noah M Ivers, Sacha Bhatia, Debra A Butt, Paul Dorian, Liisa Jaakkimainen, Kori Leblanc, Dan Legge, Dante Morra, Alissia Valentinis, Laura Wing, Jacqueline Young, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is growing as the population ages, and at least 15% of ischemic strokes are attributed to AF. However, many high-risk AF patients are not offered guideline-recommended stroke prevention therapy due to a variety of system, provider, and patient-level barriers. METHODS: We will conduct a pragmatic, cluster-randomized controlled trial randomizing primary care clinics to test a "toolkit" of quality improvement interventions in primary care...
December 3, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912200/is-cha2ds2-vasc-appropriate-for-hyperthyroid-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-implications-of-adding-a-transesophageal-echocardiography-evaluation
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Marcus Vinicius Leitão de Souza, Patricia de Fátima Dos Santos Teixeira, Mario Vaisman, Sergio Salles Xavier
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation remains a controversial issue among hyperthyroid patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of the thrombogenic milieu (TM), detected using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), among patients with AF related to hyperthyroidism, and to correlate these findings with the clinical embolic risk classification (CHA2DS2-VASc). METHODS: CHA2DS2-VASc score, thyroid hormonal status, time since hyperthyroidism diagnosis, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and TEE were assessed in 47 consecutive patients aged between 18 and 65years with AF related to hyperthyroidism...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910092/management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-elderly-adults
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Yaanik Desai, Mikhael F El-Chami, Angel R Leon, Faisal M Merchant
Driven in large part by the aging of the population and the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular comorbidities associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), there is a burgeoning epidemic of AF in elderly adults. Although there is a large body of literature to guide management of people with AF, elderly adults with AF are frequently underrepresented in clinical trials. This review provides a contemporary update on management of elderly adults with AF with a particular focus on the two main clinical challenges that AF poses: stroke risk reduction and control of symptoms...
December 2, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909544/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-is-one-of-these-not-like-the-others
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REVIEW
Paul P Dobesh Pharm D, John Fanikos Mba R Ph
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and increases risk of stroke by nearly 5-fold. While warfarin has been employed successfully to reduce the risk of stroke in these patients, there are a number of challenges with therapy. These include the need for therapeutic monitoring due to variability in patient response, frequent dose adjustments, numerous drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-disease interactions, and a heightened risk of thrombosis and bleeding due to these issues. Current guidelines recommend that the vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) should be used for thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF at risk for stroke or systemic embolic events...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909541/validation-of-the-has-bled-tool-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-receiving-rivaroxaban
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Gorman Ew, Perkel D, Dennis D, Yates J, Heidel Re, Wortham D
Background: Atrial fibrillation (Afib) patients are at an increased risk of stroke. Patients at moderate to high risk of stroke typically receive antithrombotics, placing them at an increased risk of bleeding. The HAS-BLED tool has been validated in Afib patients receiving warfarin for prediction of major bleeding events. Although HAS-BLED has been researched in patients receiving warfarin, this tool has not been validated with the novel anticoagulant rivaroxaban. Methods: The trial design was retrospective case-control approved by the Institutional Review Board at University of Tennessee Medical Center...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909537/a-comparison-between-noacs-and-warfarin-on-time-to-elective-cardioversion
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REVIEW
Siva Krothapalli Md, Prashant D Bhave Md Fhrs
Cardioversion of atrial fibrillation is a procedure that has been commonly performed for over half a century. There is known to be an elevated risk of thromboembolism around the time of cardioversion, which has been shown to be drastically reduced with oral anticoagulation. The consistency of therapeutic anticoagulation in the weeks leading up to elective cardioversion is an important factor in the safety of the procedure. Until recently, the only option for oral anti-coagulation was Warfarin. The challenges of dosing Warfarin to achieve a therapeutic INR are well documented...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909534/efficacy-and-safety-of-implantable-loop-recorder-experience-of-a-center
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Inês Silveira, Maria João Sousa, Nuno Antunes, Vânia Silva, Carla Roque, António Pinheiro-Vieira, Vítor Lagarto, António Hipólito-Reis, André Luz, Severo Torres
Introduction: Symptoms like syncope or palpitations frequently present a diagnostic challenge. An implantable loop recorder (ILR) is an important aid in the management of these patients. Methods: A retrospective study of patients that underwent ILR implantation from November 2007 to 2014. For each patient the indication for implantation, baseline characteristics, previous study, complications, recorded tracing and interventions were evaluated. Results: A total of 62 patients were included, 50% men, with a mean age of 62...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909516/the-role-of-noacs-in-atrial-fibrillation-management-a-qualitative-study
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Katherine Kirley Md Ms, Goutham Rao Md, Victoria Bauer Bs, Christopher Masi Md PhD
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) benefit from anticoagulation to reduce stroke risk. However, 30-60% of patients with AF are not anticoagulated. This study explored physicians' reasons for under-treatment of AF, focusing on the role of the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs). We interviewed primary care physicians and cardiologists involved in AF management in a variety of practice settings. We conducted interviews using a semi-structured format and analyzed the data using the Framework Method. Four themes emerged...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909511/internal-jugular-vein-complete-thrombosis-after-dual-chamber-pacemaker-implant
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Angelo Placci, Maria Mattioli, Maria Francesca Notarangelo, Gianluca Gonzi, Marco Zardini
Venous thrombosis after pacemaker implant is a known, although often underrecognized condition that can challenge system revision or upgrading, leading occasionally to thromboembolic complications. Several factors are considered to promote thrombus formation. Among them, alteration of blood flow mechanics due to the presence of catheters in the vessel lumen may itself play a pivotal role. Hereby we present the case of a 65-year old men who underwent a dual-chamber pacemaker implant in another institute for sick sinus syndrome by means of left cephalic venous access...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909496/safety-and-efficacy-of-uninterrupted-periprocedural-apixaban-in-patients-undergoing-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-a-metaanalysis-of-1-057-patients
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REVIEW
Jalaj Garg Md Fesc, Rahul Chaudhary Md, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy Md, Neeraj Shah Md, Babak Bozorgnia Md, Andrea Natale Md
Apixaban (factor Xa inhibitor) is a novel anticoagulant and may be beneficial during atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation for prevention of thromboembolic events. However, the adverse effects of periprocedural apixaban therapy have not been thoroughly evaluated. A meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the safety of apixaban for anticoagulation in AF ablation. We searched the online databases till October 2015 for studies comparing Apixaban with Vitamin K antagonists in atrial fibrillation patients undergoing catheter ablation...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909492/a-comparison-between-dabigatran-and-warfarin-on-time-to-elective-cardioversion
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Amanda N Basto PharmD, Nathan P Fewel PharmD, Rajiv Gupta Md, Eileen M Stock PhD, Mia Ta PharmD
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of dabigatran versus warfarin on time to elective direct current cardioversion (DCCV). METHODOLOGY: This retrospective observational study was conducted at a single Veterans Affairs hospital in the Southwestern region of the U.S. Patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter who were initiated on either warfarin or dabigatran prior to DCCV were reviewed. The time to cardioversion was compared between warfarin and dabigatran, as well as costs of therapy, rescheduling rates, and adverse events...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
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