Bleeding Risk in Afib? Don't Fear Warfarin

This F1000 commentary reports on a study whose findings support the use of antithrombotic therapy in treating patients with atrial fibrillation.
Source: Medscape Pharmacists Podcast - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Source Type: podcasts

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AbstractBackgroundThe impact of structural heart disease (SHD) on safety and efficacy of catheter ablation of cavo-tricuspid isthmus-dependent atrial flutter (AFLU) is unclear. In addition, recent data suggest a higher complication rate of AFLU ablation compared to the more complex atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation procedure.Methods and resultsWithin our prospective multicenter registry, 3526 consecutive patients underwent AFLU ablation at 49 German electrophysiological centers from 2007 to 2010. For the present analysis, the patients were divided into a group with SHD (n = 2164 [61.4%]; median age 69 year...
Source: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn Japanese NVAF patients undergoing CA, NOACs have similar effects to warfarin in the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism. Moreover, NOACs were associated with a lower incidence of bleeding complications.
Source: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsGPs and patients are waiting for the other to mention issues surrounding AF treatment such as switching, use of thrombosis service, and number of pills to take first. The perceptions and experiences of patients with AF regarding their disease and treatment highly influence the decisions GPs make, together with these patients, as well as considerations that patients have regarding their treatment; GPs need to be aware of their AF patients ’ perceptions and experiences with their condition and medication’ in order to facilitate discussions with patients and improve clinical outcomes.
Source: Cardiology and Therapy - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
This study retrospectively analyzed the data of patients with atrial fibrillation who received anticoagulant therapy from July 2015 to December 2018 at two centers —the Fujian Medical University Union Hospital and Fuzhou Second Hospital Affiliated to Xiamen University. Demographic data, clinical findings, and laboratory results were collected from the hospital records. Patients were followed up for 6 months. The performance of four bleeding risk scores (New Score, RIETE Score, Cuschieri et al. Score, de Groot et al. Score) for prediction of gastrointestinal bleeding was assessed using the area under the curve. A...
Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
ConclusionsA high trough apixaban level in patients indicated for standard dose was not associated with adverse events, while a high apixaban level in patients indicated for a reduced dose was associated with bleeding requiring hospitalization.
Source: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Oral anticoagulants (OACs) may serve as a “screening test” for gastrointestinal (GI) tract malignancies through the presentation of bleeding.
Source: Heart Rhythm - Category: Cardiology Authors: 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: Romano S, Salustri E, Robles AG, Calò L, Penco M, Sciarra L Abstract Physical activity is worldwide recommended for its benefits on cardiovascular system. There is an increasing number of people of all ages that approach sport activity both as leisure time physical activity and as competitive sport. It is always more frequent the request even from older subjects and cardiac patients to be allowed to practice physical activity. Some problems could arise when these subjects present or develop pathologic conditions that require specific pharmacological treatment, in particular an anticoagulation therap...
Source: Minerva Cardioangiologica - Category: Cardiology Tags: Minerva Cardioangiol 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
Conclusion4FPCC appears to be an effective and safe option for FXaI-associated ICB with outcomes comparable to andexanet alfa. A formal prospective evaluation of this strategy versus andexanet alpha including cost analysis is warranted.
Source: Neurocritical Care - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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