Uninterrupted rivaroxaban vs. uninterrupted vitamin K antagonists for catheter ablation in non-valvular atrial fibrillation

Aims VENTURE-AF is the first prospective randomized trial of uninterrupted rivaroxaban and vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) undergoing catheter ablation (CA). Methods and results Trial size was administratively set at 250, the protocol-specified target. Events were independently and blindly adjudicated. We randomly assigned 248 NVAF patients to uninterrupted rivaroxaban (20 mg once-daily) or to an uninterrupted VKA prior to CA and for 4 weeks afterwards. The primary endpoint was major bleeding events after CA. Secondary endpoints included thromboembolic events (composite of stroke, systemic embolism, myocardial infarction, and vascular death) and other bleeding or procedure-attributable events. Patients were 59.5 ± 10 years of age, 71% male, 74% paroxysmal AF, and had a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1.6. The average total heparin dose used to manage activated clotting time (ACT) was slightly higher (13 871 vs. 10 964 units; P
Source: European Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Atrial fibrillation Source Type: research

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Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: American Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
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Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Thrombosis and Haemostasis - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Thromb Haemost Source Type: research
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