Uninterrupted anticoagulation during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation: no difference in major bleeding and stroke between direct oral anticoagulants and vitamin K antagonists in an updated meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

Conclusion: Our meta-analysis suggests that uninterrupted DOAC is not superior to VKA in patients undergoing catheter ablation of AF with comparable rates of major bleeding and stroke. PMID: 32056498 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acta Cardiologica - Category: Cardiology Tags: Acta Cardiol Source Type: research

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AbstractSeveral studies have investigated the efficacy and safety outcomes of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF). Herein, this meta-analysis was aimed to compare the effect of NOACs with warfarin in this population. We systematically searched the PubMed database until December 2019 for studies that compared the effect of NOACs with warfarin in patients with AF and HF. Risk ratios (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were abstracted and then pooled using a random-effects model. A total of nine studies were included in this...
Source: Heart Failure Reviews - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsStroke or stroke-like syndrome of infectious origin can be observed in an important proportion of case presenting with sensory-motor deficit of unknown origin; their accurate diagnosis has a considerable impact in terms of treatment choices and outcome.
Source: Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionIn ENSURE-AF, thromboembolic events were rare and absolute bleeding event rates were higher with concomitant APT. These findings may be relevant for AF-patients considered for dual therapy; even for a short treatment duration of 1  month.
Source: Clinical Research in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
RARITAN, NJ, March 28, 2020 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson &Johnson today announced the VOYAGER PAD study met its primary efficacy and principal safety endpoints, demonstrating the XARELTO® (rivaroxaban) vascular dose (2.5 mg twice daily) plus aspirin (100 mg once daily) was superior to aspirin alone in reducing the risk of major adverse limb and cardiovascular (CV) events by 15 percent in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD) after lower-extremity revascularization, with similar rates of TIMI[1] major bleeding. VOYAGER PAD is the only study to show a significant benefit...
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ConclusionIn this real world, population ‐based cohort of patients with newly diagnosed AF, we found a lower than expected rate of OAC prescription within 3 months of diagnosis but an encouraging increase in OAC purchasing over time. Use of NOACs has risen exponentially in only a few years, accounting for a greater pool of AF patients be ing prescribed an OAC.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
AbstractIntroductionDabigatran is effective and widely used to prevent ischemic stroke and systemic embolism (SE) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Chronic kidney disease (CKD) also has implications for choice of any medications, as it alters pharmacokinetic parameters of drugs.AimTo evaluate trough plasma dabigatran concentration (DTPC) and to analyse potential factors affecting these values in patients with AF and CKD.MethodsPatients with AF and stage 3 CKD were treated with dabigatran 110  mg or 150 mg have been included in the study and allocated into D110 or D150 group. DTPC was evaluated with high-...
Source: High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Prevention - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
This study included 1962 patients who underwent transesophageal echocardiographic examination (TEE) prior to cardioversion or ablation in the years 2014-2018 in three cardiac centers. RESULTS: More than a quarter of AF patients had decreased eGFR (
Source: Cardiology Journal - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiol J Source Type: research
Conclusion: A frequent ablation device position changing during the surgery makes it possible to achieve complete left atrial posterior wall and pulmonary veins isolation. An increased number of applications allows to avoid a false positive transmural damage assessment showed by impedance drop. Also, frequent position changing of the ablation device and increased number of applications do not affect the number of postoperative complications.
Source: Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusion: In adults with AF after PCI, dual therapy reduces risk for bleeding compared with triple therapy, whereas its effects on risks for death and ischemic end points are still unclear. Primary Funding Source: None. PMID: 32176890 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Ann Intern Med Source Type: research
AbstractBackground The efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulants is well established in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, data on their use in the oldest old patients ( ≥ 85 years), who have the highest risk of bleeding, is scarce.Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety of direct oral anticoagulants in the oldest old patients with atrial fibrillation and assess the impact of age on major bleeding events.Setting Anticoagulation Clinic of the Department of Vascular Diseases, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia.Methods From our single-centre prospective registry we...
Source: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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