Efficacy and safety of apixaban compared with warfarin according to age for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation: observations from the ARISTOTLE trial

Aims The risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) increases with age. In the ARISTOTLE trial, apixaban when compared with warfarin reduced the rate of stroke, death, and bleeding. We evaluated these outcomes in relation to patient age. Methods and results A total of 18 201 patients with AF and a raised risk of stroke were randomized to warfarin or apixaban 5 mg b.d. with dose reduction to 2.5 mg b.d. or placebo in 831 patients with ≥2 of the following criteria: age ≥80 years, body weight ≤60 kg, or creatinine ≥133 μmol/L. We used Cox models to compare outcomes in relation to patient age during 1.8 years median follow-up. Of the trial population, 30% were
Source: European Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Atrial fibrillation Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Hamostaseologie - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Hamostaseologie Source Type: research
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Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Authors: Kimpton M, Siegal DM Abstract A 77-year-old man with atrial fibrillation and a CHA2DS2Vasc score of 6 for hypertension, age, diabetes, and previous stroke is brought to the emergency department with decreased level of consciousness. He is anticoagulated with rivaroxaban (a direct oral factor Xa inhibitor [FXaI]) and received his last dose about 4 hours before presentation. Urgent computed tomography of the head shows intracerebral hemorrhage. Because of his previous stroke, the patient's family is concerned about treating the bleed with pharmacological agents that may increase the risk of stroke. What are ...
Source: Hematology ASH Education Program - Category: Hematology Tags: Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program Source Type: research
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Source: Cardiology in Review - Category: Cardiology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Chest - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Chest Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
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