Novel Anticoagulants vs Warfarin: Latest Analyses

For patients with atrial fibrillation, 4 novel anticoagulants appear to be slightly more effective and safer than warfarin for preventing ischemic stroke.
Source: Medscape Pharmacists Podcast - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Source Type: podcasts

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The most common form of sustained cardiac arrhythmia, which is characterized by irregular heartbeats, is atrial fibrillation (AF). The maintenance of AF is mediated by changes in the atrial structural and electrical properties.1 AF is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke and heart failure,2,3 which are associated with enhanced morbidity, mortality, and socioeconomic burden.4 The prevalence of AF is estimated to markedly increase as the population ages. Therefore, it is important to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying AF.
Source: Heart and Lung - Category: Intensive Care Authors: Source Type: research
This study assesses the current practices of physicians in Lebanon routinely involved in ischemic stroke (IS) management. We conducted a prospective observational study of patients hospitalized at 8 different Lebanese hospitals in the period August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016, with a diagnosis of acute stroke. Baseline characteristics and data on diagnostic studies, as well as treatments received during hospitalization and at discharge, were collected and analyzed. Two hundred and three strokes/transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) were recorded but only 173 patients (85%) with ischemic events were included in the study. The pati...
Source: Functional Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: Funct Neurol Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: CASE REPORT Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: In patients with kidney failure and nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, treatment with apixaban was not associated with a lower incidence of new stroke, transient ischemic attack, or systemic thromboembolism but was associated with a higher incidence of fatal or intracranial bleeding. PMID: 32444398 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Clin J Am Soc Nephrol Source Type: research
Authors: Kuronuma K, Okumura Y, Morikawa T, Yokoyama K, Matsumoto N, Tachibana E, Oiwa K, Matsumoto M, Kojima T, Haruta H, Nomoto K, Sonoda K, Arima K, Kogawa R, Takahashi F, Kotani T, Ohkubo K, Fukushima S, Itou S, Kondo K, Chiku M, Ohno Y, Onikura M, Hirayama A, SAKURA AF Registry Investigators Abstract Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) often coexist. The aims of this study were to explore the factors associated with the serum levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and the association between prognosis and a history of HF or the serum NT-proBNP level in Japanese patients wit...
Source: International Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Int Heart J Source Type: research
Mean platelet volume (MPV) has been identified as an individual risk factor for stroke and thrombosis. Concurrently, ischaemic stroke caused by nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) has attracted increasing att...
Source: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
AbstractAimsRight ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) is a common finding in Anderson –Fabry disease (AFD), but the prognostic role of right ventricular (RV) involvement has never been assessed. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prognostic significance of RVH and RV systolic function in AFD.Methods and resultsForty ‐five AFD patients (56% male patients) with extensive baseline evaluation, including assessment of RVH and RV systolic function, were followed‐up for an average of 51.2 ± 11.4 months. RV systolic function was assessed by standard and tissue Doppler echocardiography. Cardiovascula...
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
Authors: Zimmermann F, Landmesser U Abstract Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most frequent causes of ischemic stroke. Without treatment the annual risk of ischemic stroke is on average approximately 5-6%/year in patients with atrial fibrillation, depending on the overall cardiovascular risk profile. Oral anticoagulation with new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) or vitamin K antagonists (VKA) is recommended for patients with AF and an elevated risk for stroke (CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1); however, severe bleeding complications are potential reasons for discontinuation of this treatment. Overall, up to 30 % of the p...
Source: Herz - Category: Cardiology Tags: Herz Source Type: research
Conclusion: This study provides the first contemporary data on TIAMS or TIAMS-mimics in Australia. Community and health provider education is required to address the under-use of anticoagulation therapy in patients with known AF, possibly inappropriate use of antiplatelet therapy and possibly inappropriate discontinuation of antiplatelet or anticoagulation therapy.
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Understanding factors associated with ischemic stroke despite therapeutic anticoagulation is an important goal to improve stroke prevention strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We aim to determine factors associated with therapeutic or supratherapeutic anticoagulation status at the time of ischemic stroke in patients with AF.
Source: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
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