Intermittent Anticoagulation Guided by Continuous Atrial Fibrillation Burden Monitoring Using Dual Chamber Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators –Results from the Tailored Anticoagulation for Non-Continuous Atrial Fibrillation (TACTIC-AF) Pilot Study

Chronic anticoagulation is recommended in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with thromboembolic risk factors regardless of AF duration/frequency. Continuous rhythm assessment with pacemakers/implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and use of direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) may allow anticoagulation only around AF episodes, reducing bleeding without increasing thromboembolic risk.Objectives: To evaluate feasibility/safety of intermittent DOAC use guided by continuous remote AF monitoring via dual-chamber pacemakers or ICDs.
Source: Heart Rhythm - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Medical Economics - Category: Health Management Tags: J Med Econ Source Type: research
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Source: Heart and Vessels - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Current Heart Failure Reports - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiac Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Thrombosis and Haemostasis - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Thromb Haemost Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Invasive Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Invasive Cardiol Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Source Type: research
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Source: Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: J Cardiol Source Type: research
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