The Tasmanian Atrial Fibrillation Study (TAFS): Differences in Stroke Prevention According to Sex.
Conclusion and Relevance: Female patients with a high stroke risk were less likely to receive guideline-recommended treatment. This study provides new information on prescribing trends within the Australian setting and highlights the opportunity to improve the management of female patients with AF and 1 or more additional stroke risk factors. PMID: 32019321 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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.
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]
Authors: Zimmermann F, Landmesser U Abstract Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most frequent causes of ischemic stroke. Without treatment the annual risk of ischemic stroke is on average approximately 5-6%/year in patients with atrial fibrillation, depending on the overall cardiovascular risk profile. Oral anticoagulation with new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) or vitamin K antagonists (VKA) is recommended for patients with AF and an elevated risk for stroke (CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1); however, severe bleeding complications are potential reasons for discontinuation of this treatment. Overall, up to 30 % of the p...
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In conclusion, more and more patients who suffer a hematuria while on oral anticoagulant therapy resume NOAC. Patients resuming NOAC have similar risks of ischemic stroke/systemic embolism and major bleeding compared with those resuming VKA.
This article reviews current evidence and focuses on the optimal approach to antithrombotic treatment in patients with AF undergoing PCI in acute and chronic/stable phases. PMID: 32389534 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Int J Angiol DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1708477Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most prevalent arrhythmic disease, tends to foster thrombus formation due to hemodynamic disturbances, leading to severe disabling and even fatal thromboembolic diseases. Meanwhile, patients with AF may also present with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and coronary artery disease (CAD) requiring stenting, which creates a clinical dilemma considering that majority of such patients will likely receive oral anticoagulants (OACs) for stroke prevention and require additional double antiplatelet treatment (DAPT) to reduce recurrent cardiac events and in-stent th...
ConclusionThe results of our meta ‐analysis show that NOACs are as efficacious and safe as warfarin in the treatment of left atrial appendage thrombus in patients with non‐valvular atrial fibrillation.
ConclusionsFactor Xa inhibitors may be viable treatment options for CF-LVAD patients for whom warfarin therapy has failed. Large prospective studies are necessary to confirm these results.
CONCLUSION: Antithrombotic therapy is of great importance when indicated, though it does not come without crucial side-effects, such as ICH. Optimal timing of withdrawal, reversal, and resumption of antithrombotic treatment should be determined by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a stroke specialist, a cardiologist, and a neurosurgeon, who will individually approach the needs and risks of each patient. PMID: 32320168 [PubMed - in process]