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Circulation ; 2019 Sep 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31557056

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Background: The safety and efficacy of antithrombotic regimens may differ between patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who have acute coronary syndromes (ACS), treated medically or with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and those undergoing elective PCI. Methods: Using a 2×2 factorial design we compared apixaban with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) and aspirin with placebo in patients with AF who had ACS or were undergoing PCI and were receiving a P2Y12 inhibitor. We explored bleeding, death, and hospitalization as well as death and ischemic events by antithrombotic strategy in three pre-specified subgroups: patients with ACS treated medically, ACS treated with PCI, and those undergoing elective PCI. Results: Of 4614 patients enrolled, 1097 (23.9%) had ACS treated medically, 1714 (37.3%) had ACS treated with PCI, and 1784 (38.8%) had elective PCI. Apixaban compared with VKA reduced ISTH major or CRNM bleeding in patients with ACS treated medically (HR 0.44, 95% CI 0.28-0.68), ACS treated with PCI (HR 0.68, 95% CI 0.52-0.89), and undergoing elective PCI (HR 0.82, 95% CI 0.64-1.04) (pinteraction=0.052); and reduced death or hospitalization in ACS treated medically (HR 0.71, 95% CI 0.54-0.92), ACS treated with PCI (HR 0.88, 95% CI 0.74-1.06), and elective PCI (HR 0.87, 95% CI 0.72-1.04) (pinteraction=0.345). Compared with VKA, apixaban resulted in a similar effect on death and ischemic events in the ACS treated medically, ACS treated with PCI, and elective PCI groups (pinteraction=0.356). Compared with placebo, aspirin had a higher rate of bleeding than placebo in patients with ACS treated medically (HR 1.49, 95% CI 0.98-2.26), ACS treated with PCI (HR 2.02, 95% CI 1.53-2.67) and elective PCI groups (HR 1.91, 95% CI 1.48-2.47) (pinteraction=0.479). For the same comparison, there was no difference in outcomes among the three groups for the composite of death or hospitalization (pinteraction=0.787) and death and ischemic events (pinteraction=0.710). Conclusions: An antithrombotic regimen consisting of apixaban and a P2Y12 inhibitor without aspirin provides superior safety and similar efficacy in patients with AF who have ACS, whether managed medically or with PCI, or those undergoing elective PCI than regimens that include VKAs, aspirin, or both. Clinical Trial Registration: URL: https://clinicaltrials.gov Unique Identifier: NCT02415400.

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Circulation ; 2019 Sep 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31553201

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The optimal antithrombotic therapy among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who present with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or require percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) can be challenging, with combination therapy including both dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) and oral anticoagulation (OAC) markedly increasing bleeding risk.1 Recent trials with rivaroxaban2 and dabigatran3 have demonstrated the safety of using a non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOAC) with a P2Y12 inhibitor, without aspirin or with reduced-dose aspirin, after PCI. The AUGUSTUS study demonstrated that apixaban resulted in less bleeding than vitamin K antagonist (VKA), with lower rates of the composite of death or all-cause hospitalization.4 Rates of bleeding were higher among patients treated with aspirin than with placebo, but rates of death or all-cause hospitalization were not different. This analysis evaluated rates and causes ofhospitalization, a key secondary outcome, overall and by randomized treatment.

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Circulation ; 2019 Sep 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31542942

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Background: Once-weekly exenatide (EQW) had a neutral effect on hospitalization for heart failure (hHF) in the Exenatide Study of Cardiovascular Event Lowering (EXSCEL), with no differential treatment effect on major adverse cardiac events (MACE) by baseline heart failure (HF) status. EQW's effects on secondary endpoints based on hHF status have not been reported. The objective was to explore the effects of EQW on secondary endpoints in patients with and without baseline HF and test the effects of EQW on recurrent hHF events. Methods: The prespecified analysis of the randomized controlled EXSCEL trial, which enrolled patients with type 2 diabetes with and without additional cardiovascular disease, analyzed EQW effects on all-cause death, each MACE component, first hHF and repeat hHF by baseline HF status (regardless of ejection fraction). A subgroup analysis of the population stratified by preserved or reduced baseline ejection fraction was performed. Results: Of 14,752 EXSCEL participants, 2389 (16.2%) had HF at baseline. Compared with those without HF at baseline, patients with preexisting HF were older, more likely to be male and White, and with a higher burden of other cardiovascular diseases. Overall, those assigned to EQW had a lower incidence of all-cause death (HR 0.86, 95%CI 0.77-0.97) and the composite outcome of all-cause death or hHF (HR 0.89, 95%CI 0.80-0.99). When stratified by presence or absence of baseline HF, there was no observed reduction in all-cause death with EQW with baseline HF (HR 1.05, 95%CI 0.85-1.29), while the risk of mortality was reduced with EQW in the no-HF group (HR 0.79, 95%CI 0.68-0.92) with an interaction p-value of 0.031. Reduction in all-cause death or hHF seen with EQW in patients without baseline HF (HR 0.81, 95%CI 0.71-0.93) was not seen in patients with baseline HF (HR 1.07, 95%CI 0.89-1.29) (interaction p=0.015). First plus recurrent hHF was reduced in the exenatide group versus placebo (HR 0.82, 95%CI 0.68-0.99; p=0.038). Conclusions: In EXSCEL, the use of EQW in patients with or without HF was well tolerated, but benefits of EQW on reduction in all-cause death and first hospitalization for HF were attenuated in patients with baseline HF. Clinical Trial Registration: URL: https://clinicaltrials.gov Unique Identifier: NCT01144338.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31493287

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Acutely ill medical patients with cancer are at increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Thromboprophylaxis is recommended in the presence of cancer, but its safety is not known. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of extended prophylaxis with betrixaban in cancer patients enrolled in the APEX trial. APEX was a randomized, double-blind trial comparing oral betrixaban 80 mg qd administered for 35-42 days with subcutaneous enoxaparin 40 mg qd administered for 10 ± 4 days. Patients with acute medical illness and a history of cancer or active cancer were eligible for inclusion. Primary efficacy outcome was VTE (composite of symptomatic VTE and asymptomatic proximal deep vein thrombosis); primary safety outcome was major bleeding. Of 7513 patients enrolled in the APEX trial, 959 patients (12.8%), 499 randomized to betrixaban and 460 to enoxaparin, had cancer. The primary efficacy outcome occurred in 5.7% of cancer patients treated with betrixaban and in 6.2% treated with enoxaparin (p = 0.95). No significant interaction according to the presence or absence of cancer was observed (p = 0.36). Major bleeding events occurred in 0.8% of patients in the betrixaban group and in 0% in the enoxaparin group (p = 0.13), with no significant interaction (p = 0.07). The composite of major and clinically relevant non-major bleeds was similar between the two groups (2.9% and 2.0%, respectively, RR 1.43, 95% CI 0.63-3.27). Betrixaban was similarly effective in the reduction of VTE among subjects with and without cancer. The incidence of major bleeding was similarly low.

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Am J Cardiol ; 2019 Aug 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31474328

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Whether patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and thyroid disease are clinically distinct from those with AF and no thyroid disease is unknown. Furthermore, the effectiveness of anticoagulation for prevention of AF-related thromboembolic events in patients with thyroid disease has not been adequately studied. Patients enrolled in the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation, which compared apixaban with warfarin in patients with AF (n = 18,201), were categorized by thyroid disease history at randomization (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and no thyroid disease). Adjusted hazard ratios derived from Cox models were used to compare outcomes by thyroid disease history. Associations between randomized treatment and outcomes by thyroid disease history were examined using Cox models with interaction terms. A total of 18,021/18,201 (99%) patients had available thyroid disease history at randomization: 1,656 (9%) had hypothyroidism, 321 (2%) had hyperthyroidism, and 16,044 (89%) had no thyroid disease. When compared with those without a history of thyroid disease, patients with hypo- or hyperthyroidism were more likely to be female (60.4% vs 32.1%; 52.0% vs 32.1%; both p <0.0001). Patients with hypothyroidism were older (73 vs 70 years, p <0.0001) and more likely to have had previous falls (8.7% vs 4.3%, p <0.0001). There was no difference in clinical outcomes by thyroid disease history. The benefit of apixaban compared with warfarin was similar regardless of thyroid disease history (interaction p >0.10). In conclusion, despite differences in baseline characteristics of patients with and without thyroid disease, their clinical outcomes were similar. The benefit of apixban compared with warfarin was preserved regardless of thyroid disease history.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31520256

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PURPOSE: To study whether polypharmacy or drug-drug interactions have differential effect on safety and efficacy in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) versus warfarin. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that randomized patients with atrial fibrillation to DOACs or warfarin stratified by the number of concomitant drugs. Outcomes included stroke or systemic embolism (SE), all-cause mortality, major bleeding, and intracranial hemorrhage. Risk ratios (RR) were calculated and Mantel-Haenszel random effects were applied. RESULTS: Two high-quality studies were eligible, including 32,465 participants who received apixaban, rivaroxaban, or warfarin, with a median follow-up of 1.9 years. Of participants, 29% used < 5 drugs, 55% used 5-9 drugs, and 16% used ≥ 10 drugs. Drugs interacting with DOACs (P-glycoprotein/CYP3A4) were used by 6460 (20%) of patients. Patients with higher number of drugs (0-4 vs 5-9 vs ≥ 10) had higher rates of mortality (5.8%, 7.9%, 10.0%) and major bleeding (3.4%, 4.8%, 7.7%). Comparative efficacy or safety of DOACs versus warfarin was not affected by polypharmacy status or P-glycoprotein/CYP3A4 inhibitor use. However, the presence of polypharmacy (p = 0.001) or glycoprotein/CYP3A4-modulating drugs (p = 0.03) was correlated with increased risk of major bleeding when compared with warfarin. Overall, DOAC use was associated with a lower risk of stroke/SE (RR, 0.84; 95%CI, 0.74-0.94), all-cause mortality (RR, 0.91; 95%CI, 0.84-0.98), and intracranial hemorrhage (RR, 0.51; 95%CI, 0.38-0.70) compared with warfarin. CONCLUSIONS: DOACs were more effective than warfarin, and at least as safe. Polypharmacy was associated with adverse outcomes and attenuated the advantage in risk of major bleeding among rivaroxaban users, particularly in the presence of P-glycoprotein/CYP3A4-modulating drugs.

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J Thromb Haemost ; 2019 Aug 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31392827

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BACKGROUND: Extended-duration thromboprophylaxis with betrixaban reduces the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) without increasing major bleeding rates in acutely ill medical patients as compared to standard duration enoxaparin. We aimed to assess the risk-benefit of betrixaban in patients aged ≥ 80 years enrolled in the APEX trial. METHODS: APEX was a randomized, double-blind trial in which patients hospitalized for acute medical illnesses received enoxaparin 40 mg qd for 10 ± 4 days or oral betrixaban 80 mg qd for 35 to 42 days. The primary efficacy outcome was VTE, the principal safety outcome was major bleeding. Net clinical benefit (NCB) was defined by the occurrence of VTE or major bleeding. RESULTS: Of 7513 patients enrolled in the APEX trial, 2781 (37%) were aged ≥ 80 years. In this subgroup, VTE or major bleeding occurred in 7.0% of betrixaban patients and in 8.4% of enoxaparin patients, for a relative risk in the NCB of 0.82 (95% confidence interval 0.62-1.10). The relative risk reduction obtained with betrixaban was similar between those aged ≥ 80 years and patients younger than 80 years (5.0% and 6.7%, respectively, NCB 0.75, 0.58-0.96, P = .024), with no significant interaction across age groups (P = .33). CONCLUSIONS: Event rates were higher in medically ill patients aged ≥ 80 years enrolled in the APEX study than in patients younger than 80 years. The predefined NCB was reduced with extended betrixaban therapy in both groups with no signs of age-related interactions. However, the primary efficacy endpoint was not achieved with betrixaban for patients 80 years of age or older.

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Am J Cardiol ; 124(6): 912-919, 2019 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31375245

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Fragmented care following elective surgery has been associated with poor outcomes. The association between fragmented care and outcomes in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is unknown. We examined patients who underwent TAVI from 2011 to 2015 at 374 sites in the STS/ACC TVT Registry, linked to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services claims data. Fragmented care was defined as at least one readmission to a site other than the implanting TAVI center within 90 days after discharge, whereas continuous care was defined as readmission to the same implanting center. We compared adjusted 1-year outcomes, including stroke, bleeding, heart failure, mortality, and all-cause readmission in patients who received fragmented versus continuous care. Among 8,927 patients who received a TAVI between 2011 and 2015, 27.4% were readmitted within 90 days of discharge. Most patients received fragmented care (57.0%). Compared with the continuous care group, the fragmented care group was more likely to have severe chronic lung disease, cerebrovascular disease, and heart failure. States that had lower TAVI volume per Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services population had greater fragmentation. Patients living > 30 minutes from their TAVI center had an increased risk of fragmented care 1.07 (confidence interval [CI] 1.06 to 1.09, p < 0.001). After adjustment for comorbidities and procedural complications, fragmented care was associated with increased 1-year mortality (hazards ratio 1.18, CI 1.04 to 1.35, p = 0.010) and all-cause readmission (hazards ratio 1.08, CI 1.00 to 1.16, p = 0.051. In conclusion, fragmented readmission following TAVI is common, and is associated with increased 1-year mortality and readmission. Efforts to improve coordination of care may improve these outcomes and optimize long-term benefits yielded from TAVI.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31463701

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Volume management is an essential component of anti-hypertensive therapy. Different volume phenotypes have been proposed. We sought to study the total blood volume (TBV), plasma volume (PV), and red blood cell volume (RBV) in hypertensive patients. We included patients followed in an outpatient cardiology clinic from 1998 to 2003. Blood volume (BV) parameters were measured using radioisotope iodine-131-labeled albumin dilution technique. Values were expressed as percentage (%) deviation from ideal volumes. A total of 95 patients were included. The intravascular volume distribution as percent deviation from normal volume ranged from - 23 to + 28% for TBV, - 22 to + 36% for PV and - 29 to + 37% for RBV. There was no significant correlation between systolic BP and any of the BV parameters (TBV and SBP, r = - 0.03; PV and SBP, r = - 0.12; RBV and SBP, r = - 0.08). Patients with hypertension have a wide variation in BV parameters. BV does not correlate with SBP.

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Lancet ; 394(10199): 633-634, 2019 08 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31448730
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Int J Cardiol ; 296: 65-70, 2019 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31327519

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AIMS: At present, there is little evidence on how to treat subclinical atrial fibrillation (SCAF) or atrial high rate episodes (AHREs) detected by cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). Our aim was to assess current practice around oral anticoagulation (OAC) in such patients. METHODS: A web-based survey undertaken by 310 physicians: 59 AF-SCREEN International Collaboration members and 251 non-members. RESULTS: In patients with SCAF/AHRE and a CHA2DS2VASc ≥ 2 in males or ≥ 3 in female the amount of SCAF/AHRE triggering use of OAC was variable but <2% of respondents considered that no AHRE would require OAC. Around one third (34%) considered SCAF/AHRE duration of >5-6 min as the basis for OAC prescription, while 16% and 18% required a burden of at least 5.5 h or 24 h, respectively. The propensity to prescribe OAC for a low burden of AHREs differed according to certain respondent characteristics (greater propensity to prescribe OAC for neurologists). When the clinical scenario included a prior stroke or a prior cardioembolic stroke, stated prescription of OAC was very high. More than 96% felt that any SCAF/AHRE should be treated with OAC. CONCLUSIONS: There is substantial heterogeneity in the perception of the risk of stroke/systemic embolism associated with SCAF/AHRE of variable duration. The threshold of AHRE burden that would trigger initiation of OAC is highly variable, and differs according to the clinical scenario (lower threshold in case of previous stroke). Ongoing trials will clarify the real benefit and risk/benefit ratio of OAC in this specific clinical setting.

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Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol ; 7(8): 618-628, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31272931

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BACKGROUND: After acute coronary syndrome, diabetes conveys an excess risk of ischaemic cardiovascular events. A reduction in mean LDL cholesterol to 1·4-1·8 mmol/L with ezetimibe or statins reduces cardiovascular events in patients with an acute coronary syndrome and diabetes. However, the efficacy and safety of further reduction in LDL cholesterol with an inhibitor of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) after acute coronary syndrome is unknown. We aimed to explore this issue in a prespecified analysis of the ODYSSEY OUTCOMES trial of the PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab, assessing its effects on cardiovascular outcomes by baseline glycaemic status, while also assessing its effects on glycaemic measures including risk of new-onset diabetes. METHODS: ODYSSEY OUTCOMES was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, done at 1315 sites in 57 countries, that compared alirocumab with placebo in patients who had been admitted to hospital with an acute coronary syndrome (myocardial infarction or unstable angina) 1-12 months before randomisation and who had raised concentrations of atherogenic lipoproteins despite use of high-intensity statins. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1) to receive alirocumab or placebo every 2 weeks; randomisation was stratified by country and was done centrally with an interactive voice-response or web-response system. Alirocumab was titrated to target LDL cholesterol concentrations of 0·65-1·30 mmol/L. In this prespecified analysis, we investigated the effect of alirocumab on cardiovascular events by glycaemic status at baseline (diabetes, prediabetes, or normoglycaemia)-defined on the basis of patient history, review of medical records, or baseline HbA1c or fasting serum glucose-and risk of new-onset diabetes among those without diabetes at baseline. The primary endpoint was a composite of death from coronary heart disease, non-fatal myocardial infarction, fatal or non-fatal ischaemic stroke, or unstable angina requiring hospital admission. ODYSSEY OUTCOMES is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01663402. FINDINGS: At study baseline, 5444 patients (28·8%) had diabetes, 8246 (43·6%) had prediabetes, and 5234 (27·7%) had normoglycaemia. There were no significant differences across glycaemic categories in median LDL cholesterol at baseline (2·20-2·28 mmol/L), after 4 months' treatment with alirocumab (0·80 mmol/L), or after 4 months' treatment with placebo (2·25-2·28 mmol/L). In the placebo group, the incidence of the primary endpoint over a median of 2·8 years was greater in patients with diabetes (16·4%) than in those with prediabetes (9·2%) or normoglycaemia (8·5%); hazard ratio (HR) for diabetes versus normoglycaemia 2·09 (95% CI 1·78-2·46, p<0·0001) and for diabetes versus prediabetes 1·90 (1·65-2·17, p<0·0001). Alirocumab resulted in similar relative reductions in the incidence of the primary endpoint in each glycaemic category, but a greater absolute reduction in the incidence of the primary endpoint in patients with diabetes (2·3%, 95% CI 0·4 to 4·2) than in those with prediabetes (1·2%, 0·0 to 2·4) or normoglycaemia (1·2%, -0·3 to 2·7; absolute risk reduction pinteraction=0·0019). Among patients without diabetes at baseline, 676 (10·1%) developed diabetes in the placebo group, compared with 648 (9·6%) in the alirocumab group; alirocumab did not increase the risk of new-onset diabetes (HR 1·00, 95% CI 0·89-1·11). HRs were 0·97 (95% CI 0·87-1·09) for patients with prediabetes and 1·30 (95% CI 0·93-1·81) for those with normoglycaemia (pinteraction=0·11). INTERPRETATION: After a recent acute coronary syndrome, alirocumab treatment targeting an LDL cholesterol concentration of 0·65-1·30 mmol/L produced about twice the absolute reduction in cardiovascular events among patients with diabetes as in those without diabetes. Alirocumab treatment did not increase the risk of new-onset diabetes. FUNDING: Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31358329

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OBJECTIVE: In the Levosimendan in Patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction Undergoing Cardiac Surgery Requiring Cardiopulmonary Bypass (LEVO-CTS) trial, no differences in clinical outcomes were observed between levosimendan and placebo in a broad population of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. In previous studies, the benefits of levosimendan were most clearly evident in patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. In a prespecified analysis of LEVO-CTS, we compared treatment-related outcomes and costs across types of cardiac surgical procedures. METHODS: Overall, 563 (66.4%) patients underwent isolated CABG, 97 (11.4%) isolated valve, and 188 (22.2%) combined CABG/valve surgery. Outcomes included the co-primary 4-component composite (30-day mortality, 30-day renal replacement, 5-day myocardial infarction, or 5-day mechanical circulatory support), the 2-component composite (30-day mortality or 5-day mechanical circulatory support), 90-day mortality, low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS), and 30-day medical costs. RESULTS: The 4- and 2-component outcomes were not significantly different with levosimendan and placebo in patients undergoing CABG (15.2% vs 19.3% and 7.8% vs 10.4%), valve (49.0% vs 33.3% and 22.4% vs 2.1%), or combined procedures (39.6% vs 35.9% and 24.0% vs 19.6%). Ninety-day mortality was lower with levosimendan in isolated CABG (2.1% vs 7.9%; hazard ratio [HR], 0.26; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.11-0.64), but not significantly different in valve (8.3% vs 2.0%; HR, 4.10; 95% CI, 0.46-36.72) or combined procedures (10.4% vs 7.6%; HR, 1.39; 95% CI, 0.53-3.64; interaction P = .011). LCOS (12.0% vs 22.1%; odds ratio, 0.48; 95% CI, 0.30-0.76; interaction P = .118) was significantly lower in levosimendan-treated patients undergoing isolated CABG. Excluding study drug costs, median and mean 30-day costs were $53,707 and $65,852 for levosimendan and $54,636 and $67,122 for placebo, with a 30-day mean difference (levosimendan - placebo) of -$1270 (bootstrap 95% CI, -$8722 to $6165). CONCLUSIONS: Levosimendan was associated with lower 90-day mortality and LCOS in patients undergoing isolated CABG, but not in those undergoing isolated valve or combined CABG/valve procedures.

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Eur J Intern Med ; 67: 36-41, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31320151

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BACKGROUND: Worldwide atrial fibrillation (AF) prevalence varies between 0.1% and 4.0%, and has been increasing. Little is known about the prevalence of AF in Brazil. Our objective was to estimate the prevalence of AF in several regions of Brazil using recordings of long-distance electrocardiogram (ECG) transmission. METHODS: Patients from 125 outpatient general practitioner units covered by the telemedicine service of the Federal University of São Paulo were included. Only one ECG was considered per patient. A scripted telephone interview was also performed. We analyzed the data to project the prevalence of AF in the Brazilian population and estimate it for the year 2025. The overall AF prevalence was calculated based on ECGs from primary care units where patients went for routine visits. RESULTS: Based on 676,621 ECG exams from January 2009 through April 2016, the mean age (±SD) of patients was 51.38 (±19.05) years, with 57.5% being female. The 7-year period prevalence of AF was 2.2% (n = 14,968). The prevalence of AF countrywide was projected to be 1.5% in 2016 and 1.7% in 2025. In the subset of patients with AF who were interviewed (n = 301), 91 (30.2%) were not receiving any type of treatment for rate or rhythm control. Among patients interviewed, 189 (62.8%) were at high risk for stroke; only 28 (14.8%) were regular oral anticoagulant users. CONCLUSIONS: Our study highlights the importance of screening for AF in the primary care setting in Brazil and identifies important gaps in the treatment of AF in this population.

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Circ Cardiovasc Interv ; 12(7): e007342, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31296081

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BACKGROUND: In the CHAMPION PHOENIX trial, cangrelor reduced the primary composite end point of death, myocardial infarction (MI), ischemia-driven revascularization, or stent thrombosis at 48 hours. This study aimed to explore the impact of event adjudication and the prognostic importance of MI reported by a clinical events committee (CEC) or site investigators (SIs). METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from the CHAMPION PHOENIX trial of patients undergoing elective or nonelective percutaneous coronary intervention were analyzed. A CEC systematically identified and adjudicated MI using predefined criteria, a computer algorithm to identify suspected events, and semilogarithmic plots to review biomarker changes. Thirty-day death was modeled using baseline characteristics. Of 10 942 patients, 462 (4.2%) patients had at least 1 MI by 48 hours identified by the CEC (207 [3.8%] cangrelor; 255 [4.7%] clopidogrel; odds ratio [OR] 0.80; 95% CI, 0.67-0.97; P=0.022), and 143 patients had at least 1 MI by 48 hours reported by the SI (60 [1.1%] cangrelor; 83 [1.5%] clopidogrel; OR, 0.72; 95% CI, 0.52-1.01; P=0.053). Of the 462 MIs identified by the CEC, 92 (20%) were reported by SI, and 370 (80%) were not. Of the 143 MI reported by the SI, 51 (36%) were not confirmed by CEC. All categories were associated with an increased adjusted risk for 30-day death (CEC: OR, 5.35; 95% CI, 2.56-11.2; P<0.001; SI: 9.08 [4.01-20.5]; P<0.001; CEC and SI: 10.9 [3.23-36.6]; P<0.001; CEC but not SI: 4.69 [1.94-11.3]; P<0.001; SI but not CEC: 15.4 [5.26-44.9]; P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: In patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, CEC procedures identified 3 times as many MIs as the SI reported. Compared with clopidogrel, cangrelor significantly reduced MIs identified by the CEC with a qualitatively similar relative risk reduction in MIs reported by the SI. MIs identified by CEC or reported by SI were independently associated with worse 30-day death. Central adjudication identified additional, prognostically important events. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov . Unique identifier: NCT01156571.

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Am Heart J ; 215: 106-113, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31310855

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Patients with a recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS) receiving oral antiplatelets and anticoagulants are at risk for bleeding and subsequent adverse non-bleeding-related events. METHODS: In this post hoc analysis, we evaluated 7,392 high-risk patients (median follow-up 241 days) with a recent ACS randomized to apixaban or placebo in APPRAISE-2. Clinical events during a 30-day period after Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) major/minor bleeding were analyzed using unadjusted and adjusted Cox proportional-hazards models. RESULTS: In total, 153 (2.1%) patients experienced TIMI major/minor bleeding during follow-up. Bleeding risk for patients on triple therapy (apixaban, thienopyridine, and aspirin) was increased compared with those on dual therapy (apixaban plus aspirin: hazard ratio [HR] 2.02, 95% CI 1.08-3.79; thienopyridine plus aspirin: HR 1.99, 95% CI 1.41-2.83). Those receiving apixaban/aspirin had similar bleeding risk compared with those receiving thienopyridine/aspirin (HR 1.01, 95% CI 0.53-1.95). Patients who experienced TIMI major/minor bleeding had an increased risk of 30-day all-cause mortality (HR 24.7, 95% CI 15.34-39.66) and ischemic events (HR 6.7, 95% CI 3.14-14.14). CONCLUSIONS: In a contemporary cohort of high-risk patients after ACS, bleeding was associated with a significantly increased risk of subsequent ischemic events and mortality regardless of antithrombotic or anticoagulant strategy. Patients receiving apixaban plus aspirin had a similar bleeding risk compared with those receiving thienopyridine plus aspirin. Interventions to improve outcomes in patients after ACS should include strategies to optimize the reduction in ischemic events while minimizing the risk of bleeding.

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J Am Coll Cardiol ; 74(1): 83-99, 2019 Jul 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31272556

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Most patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and risk factors for stroke require oral anticoagulation (OAC) to decrease the risk of stroke or systemic embolism. This is now best achieved with direct oral anticoagulants that decrease the risk of intracranial bleeding compared with vitamin K antagonists. Of note, approximately 5% to 10% of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention have AF, which complicates antithrombotic therapy in daily practice, because the guidelines recommend that these patients also receive dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) to reduce the risk of ischemic complications. However, combining OAC with DAPT, a strategy also known as triple antithrombotic therapy, is known to increase the risk of bleeding compared with the use of OAC or DAPT alone. Studies of direct oral anticoagulants are now emerging that show the favorable safety profile of double antithrombotic therapy with OAC and a P2Y12 inhibitor in comparison with triple antithrombotic therapy including the use of vitamin K antagonists. The scope of this review is to provide an update on this topic as well as to discuss future directions in the management of antithrombotic therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention in AF patients requiring chronic OAC.

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Clin Appl Thromb Hemost ; 25: 1076029619856433, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31234637

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Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are now widely used for the management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that now includes cancer-associated thrombosis. This review summarizes recent data on VTE prophylaxis and treatment, new challenges, guidelines, and updates as well as the current place for DOACs on the emerging cancer-associated VTE management landscape.

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