Multicenter prospective analysis of stroke patients taking oral anticoagulants: The PASTA registry - Study design and characteristics

The management of atrial fibrillation and deep venous thrombosis has evolved with the development of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC), and oral anticoagulant (OAC) might influence the development or clinical course in both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. However, detailed data on the differences between the effects of the prior prescription of warfarin and DOAC on the clinical characteristics, neuroradiologic findings, and outcome of stroke are limited.
Source: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research

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ConclusionsIn AF patients who survived an ICH, restarting OAC was not associated with a greater risk of recurrent ICH. Evidence from randomized controlled studies is needed to further clarify the clinical benefit of restarting OAC in this high-risk population. Further evaluation of which individuals benefit from restarting OAC is also needed to provide more clinical guidance.
Source: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs - 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
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Source: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology : PACE - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research
AbstractPatients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who suffer an acute ischemic stroke are at risk for both hemorrhagic transformation and recurrent ischemic stroke in the acute post ‐stroke period. Oral anticoagulants are recommended for secondary stroke prevention in patients with AF. The optimal time to initiate anticoagulant therapy after acute ischemic stroke in patients with AF is uncertain. There is concern that early initiation increases the risk of hemorrhagic transfo rmation, whereas delayed initiation leaves the patient at risk for recurrent ischemic stroke. In this article, we provide a review of the risk of hemo...
Source: Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: REVIEW OF THERAPEUTICS Source Type: research
Written by Meyers, edits by SmithA 50-ish year old man was working construction when he suddenly collapsed. Coworkers started CPR within 1 minute of collapse. EMS arrived within 10 minutes and continued CPR and ACLS, noting alternating asystole and sinus bradycardia during rhythm checks. He received various ACLS medications and arrived at the ED with a perfusing rhythm.Initial vitals included heart rate around 100 bpm and BP 174/96. Here is his initial ECG, very soon after ROSC:What do you think?Sinus tachycardia.  There is incomplete RBBB (QRS duration less than 120 ms).  There is diffuse STD, maximal in V4-V5 a...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: blogs
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
Conclusions: The Strat-AF study may be an essential step towards the exploration of the role of a combined clinical biomarker or multiple biomarker models in predicting stroke risk in AF, and might sustain the incorporation of such new markers in the existing stroke prediction schemes by the demonstration of a greater incremental value in predicting stroke risk and improvement in clinical outcomes in a cost-effective fashion. PMID: 31548494 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Medicina (Kaunas) - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Medicina (Kaunas) Source Type: research
This study aimed to evaluate the risk factors for subsequent DC after EVT. This retrospective cohort study comprised 138 patients who received EVT between April 2015 and June 2019 at our center. The need for subsequent DC was defined as cerebral edema or/and hemorrhagic transformation caused by large ischemic infarction, with a ≥ 5-mm midline shift and clinical deterioration after EVT. The relationship between risk factors and DC after EVT was assessed via univariate and multivariable logistic regression. Thirty (21.7%) patients required DC. These patients tended to have atrial fibrillation (P = 0.0...
Source: Neurosurgical Review - Category: Neurosurgery Source Type: research
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