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Anticoagulation Task Force White Paper:

Managing reversal of direct oral anticoagulants in emergency situations

Anticoagulation is the cornerstone of prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the mechanisms by which anticoagulants confer therapeutic benefit also increase the risk of bleeding. As such, reversal strategies are critical. Until recently, the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban lacked a specific reversal agent. This report is based on findings from the Anticoagulation Education Task Force, which brought together patient groups and professionals representing different medical specialties with an interest in patient safety and expertise in AF, VTE, stroke, anticoagulation, and reversal agents, to discuss the current status of anticoagulation reversal and fundamental changes in management of bleeding associated with DOACs occasioned by the approval of idarucizumab, a specific reversal agent for dabigatran, as
well as recent clinical data on specific reversal agents for factor Xa inhibitors.

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Atrial fibrillation and stroke: unrecognised and undertreated

The Lancet - August 2016

When did you or your primary care physician last palpate your wrist to check for a regular heart rate? This simple action, followed by an electrocardiogram if the heart rate is irregular, might be crucial in preventing death and disability from ischaemic stroke, heart failure, or myocardial infarction.

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Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation

The Lancet - August 2016

Atrial fibrillation is found in a third of all ischaemic strokes, even more after post-stroke atrial fibrillation monitoring. Data from stroke registries show that both unknown and untreated or under treated atrial fibrillation is responsible for most of these strokes, which are often fatal or debilitating.

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Lifestyle management to prevent and treat atrial fibrillation

 

Celine Gallagher, Jeroen M. L. Hendriks, Rajiv Mahajan, Melissa E. Middeldorp, Adrian D. Elliott, Rajeev K. Pathak, Prashanthan Sanders &
Dennis H. Lau - 3 May 2016

 

Association of Smoking, Alcohol, and Obesity with Cardiovascular Death and Ischemic Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS)

12 January 2016

 

Effect of Active Smoking on Comparative Efficacy of Antithrombotic Therapy in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: The Loire Valley Atrial Fibrillation Project

August 2015

 

Description: http://www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk/files/image/141106-American%20Heart%20Stroke%20Association%20logo.PNGIncidence, mortality, and sex differences of non-valvular atrial fibrillation: A population-based study.

American Heart Association, 3 November 2014

It is unclear whether the incidence of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) has been increasing over time. We (American Heart Association) aimed to provide contemporary estimates of the incidence and case-fatality of NVAF in a well-defined population, using the computerised databases of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

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The impact of smoking on thromboembolism and mortality in patients with incident atrial fibrillation: insights from the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health study

1 March 2014

 

 

Body mass index and adverse events in patients with incident atrial fibrillation

 

 

July 2013

 

Herbal and non-herbal supplement use in warfarin-treated patients and the impact on warfarin safety and efficacy

The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management, January 2012

This article explores th use of supplements by people who take warfarin, the interactions and the data obtained from studies in this area.

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Description: http://www.atrialfibrillation.org.uk/files/image/Images/Avoiding%20a%20stroke%20crisis.JPGStroke Prevention in AF, Avoiding a Stroke Crisis

Dec 2009

 

Action for Stroke Prevention, an alliance of cardiologists, neurologists, family doctors and patient groups, have urged EU policymakers to improve stroke risk assessment and diagnosis of atrial fibrillation before the increasing frequency of strokes becomes "a major public health crisis.’’

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As part of a Media partnership with Touch Briefings, AFA members receive free eBook access to Touch Briefings ‘European Cardiology’ Volume 7 Issue 3

European Cardiology is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that includes review articles, case reports, practice guidelines and original research. Guided by an Editorial Board of world-renowned physicians, European Cardiology comprises articles from recognised thought leaders to deliver comprehensive update on the most important clinical issues facing everyday cardiovascular care. In this latest issue – Volume 7 Issue 3 – Patrick T Murray et al contribute an insightful article entitled ‘Neutrophil Gelatinase-associated Lipocalin as a Cardiovascular Biomarker’. The review explores the novel roles of NGAL in the cardiovascular system, and highlights some of the key research findings in this rapidly evolving field. Elsewhere, Rajarshi Banerjee and Paul Leeson examine risk reduction in childhood obesity. The article provides timely update on recent studies into potential interventions in childhood that may ameliorate the future burden of weight-related disease.

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Touch Briefings ‘US Cardiology’ Volume 8 Issue 2

 

US Cardiology is a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal that includes review articles, case reports, practice guidelines and original research. Guided by an Editorial Board of world-renowned physicians, US Cardiology comprises articles from recognised thought leaders to deliver comprehensive update on the most important clinical issues facing everyday cardiovascular care. In this latest issue – Volume 8 Issue 2 – Barry L Carter contributes an article entitled ‘Blood Pressure Control—Implementing a Team Approach’ in which he reports that team-based care models have achieved far higher rates of BP control than other strategies. Dr Carter suggests that because healthcare teams can substantially improve outcomes, implementing pay-for-performance and other means may make such approaches much more attractive to providers and health systems. Elsewhere, Peter A McCullough and colleagues review the array of treatments used in combination for stable coronary disease and ACS and provide insightful critical guidance concerning benefits, risks, and dose adjustments required for patients with baseline CKD.

 

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'Treatment Strategies - Cardiology', free to view e-Book

Treatment Strategies - Cardiology is a print and on-line eBook publication that provides its readership with a collection of comprehensive and thought provoking articles from the most respected key opinion leaders, leading doctors and authorities in the cardiology field. The series informs and educates clinicians on the latest therapeutic and technological advances.

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