Implant success and safety of left atrial appendage closure with the WATCHMAN device: peri-procedural outcomes from the EWOLUTION registry

Conclusion Left atrial appendage closure with the WATCHMAN device has a high success rate in complete LAAC with low peri-procedural risk, even in a population with a higher risk of stroke and bleeding, and multiple co-morbidities. Improvement in implantation techniques has led to a reduction of peri-procedural complications previously limiting the net clinical benefit of the procedure.
Source: European Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Atrial fibrillation Source Type: research

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AbstractThe association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and thromboembolic (TE) complications in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) recipients is controversial, and there is paucity of large-scale data evaluating the impact of AF on early outcomes after device implantation. Using the National Inpatient Sample, we identified hospitalizations where patients underwent LVAD implantation from 2010 to 2015. Multivariate logistic regression was used to evaluate the association of AF on in-hospital outcomes. A total of 18,378 patients (41.7% with AF) underwent LVAD implantation. Patients with AF were older (59.9 vs. 54.0  years,p 
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
In conclusion, it is of importance for Chinese clinicians to know about these information because dabigatran is a relatively new drug in China. Compared with other reported data, patients of this study have (1) lower dabigatran persistence and lower incident rates of all-cause death, systemic embolism, minor bleeding events and gastrointestinal hemorrhage and (2) higher incident rates of ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage.
Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Compared to warfarin, NOACs were associated with a significantly lower risk of adverse events, with heterogeneity in treatment effects among different age strata. Overall, the clear safety signal in favor of NOACs over warfarin was evident irrespective of age strata, being most marked in the most elderly. PMID: 31809694 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Chest - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Chest Source Type: research
AbstractThe best strategy in atrial fibrillation (AF) after  >  12 months after an acute coronary syndrome or in patients with chronic coronary syndrome without an indication for interventional revascularization remains unclear. European guidelines generally recommend therapy with oral anticoagulation (OAC) alone, whereas North American guidelines advise com bination therapy consisting of OAC plus antiplatelet therapy in some patients. We performed a meta-analysis of available trials comparing these treatment strategies. The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac events (MACE), secondary endp...
Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
AbstractSeveral studies have explored the use of NOACs compared with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and atrial fibrillation (AF); and therefore, we aimed to compare the efficacy and safety outcomes of NOACs with VKAs in this population. We systematically searched the PubMed and Embase databases until August 5, 2019 for studies that compared the effect of NOACs with VKAs in patients with HCM and AF. The risk ratios (RRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were pooled using a random-effects model. A total of four observational studies were included in this meta-analysis. Over...
Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
In conclusion, current published data suggest that th e use of reduced-dose NOACs is non-inferior to warfarin in patients with AF (in particular Asians).
Source: Heart Failure Reviews - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Research on the long-term comparative effectiveness, safety, and effects on quality of life between rivaroxaban and other novel oral anticoagulants is urgently needed.
Source: American Journal of Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Review Source Type: research
This study evaluated and compared the safety outcomes of DOACs versus warfarin in patients with non-valvular AF and concomitant CKD. Patients in our health system with AF prescribed oral anticoagulants during 2010 to 2017 were identified. All-cause mortality, bleeding, and hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke were evaluated based on degree of renal impairment and method of anticoagulation.
Source: The American Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractThe role of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in stroke prevention remains unclear in Asian patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to compare the efficacy and safety outcomes of NOACs in Asian patients with AF from the real-world settings. The PubMed and Embase databases were systematically searched to identify eligible observational studies until June 2019. The odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated and then pooled by a random-effects model. A total of 18 observational studies were included. Compared with warfarin, dabigatran ...
Source: Heart Failure Reviews - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
AbstractThe optimal management of oral anticoagulation (OAC) in the acute phase of non valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) remains controversial, especially in very old patients. Therefore, the aim of our study was to evaluate the practical management of OAC in this context. We conducted an observational retrospective study on patients 85-years old and older admitted to two Italian hospitals for NVAF-related AIS. For each patient, clinical and brain computed tomography data were recorded. Type of OAC (vitamin K antagonists, VKAs or Direct Oral Anticoagulants, DOACs), dosage and starting ...
Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
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