Friday, 24 March 2017 21:40

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 20th March 2017

Statins and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism: pooled analysis of published observational cohort studies

European Heart Journal

Data from observational cohort studies suggest beneficial effect of statin on venous thromboembolism recurrence. In pooled analysis of 7 trials, relative risk (RR) was 0.73 (0.68–0.79) vs. no use. RRs for recurrent PE and DVT were 0.75(0.58–0.96) and 0.66 (0.60–0.71) respectively.


FDA fast track designation granted for recombinant ADAMTS13 for treatment of hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

Biospace Inc.

Recombinant ADAMTS13 is intended for treatment of acute episodes of hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in patients with a constitutional deficiency of the von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. Shire is initiating open-label, 2-period crossover RCT.


Should we screen extensively for cancer after unprovoked venous thrombosis?

British Medical Journal

Prevalence of occult cancer in patients with 1st unprovoked venous thromboembolism seems to be lower (~4%) than previously reported (10%). Review notes high quality data from recently completed trials suggest no additional value for extensive screening strategies.


Risk of myocardial infarction in patients with atrial fibrillation using vitamin K antagonists, aspirin or direct acting oral anticoagulants

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Real-life cohort study (n=30146) suggests risk of acute myocardial infarction was doubled with direct oral anticoagulants or aspirin vs. vitamin k antagonists (HR 2.11; 95% CI 1.08 – 4.12 and 1.91; 1.45-2.51, respectively). Further research from is required.


Two Paradigms for Endovascular Thrombectomy After Intravenous Thrombolysis for Acute Ischemic Stroke

JAMA Neurology

French study of 159 patients ultimately treated by mechanical thrombectomy, of which 100 received IV thrombolysis before transport to a more fully equipped hospital, and 59 did not, found no difference in functional independence at 3 months after stroke between the 2 groups.


Rivaroxaban or Aspirin for Extended Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism

New England Journal of Medicine

RCT of 3365 patients randomised after 6-12months anticoagulant therapy found symptomatic recurrent fatal/nonfatal venous thromboembolism occurred in 1.5% patients given 20 mg and 1.2% given 10 mg rivaroxaban, vs. 4.4% given aspirin (p<0.001 vs. aspirin for both).


Validating the HERDOO2 rule to guide treatment duration for women with unprovoked venous thrombosis: multinational prospective cohort management study

British Medical Journal

This validation study (n= 2785) of the HERDOO2 clinical assessment tool found that women with 0 or 1 of the 4 criteria have a low risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism and can safely discontinue anticoagulants after completing short term treatment.


Uninterrupted Dabigatran versus Warfarin for Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation

New England Journal of Medicine

The RE-CIRCUIT trial (n= 704) found that the incidence of major bleeding events after ablation was lower with dabigatran versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation (1.6% vs 6.9%; absolute risk difference, −5.3%; 95% CI, −8.4 to −2.2; P<0.001).


Clinically significant bleeding with low-dose rivaroxaban versus aspirin, in addition to P2Y12 inhibition, in acute coronary syndromes (GEMINI-ACS-1): a double-blind, multicentre, randomised trial

The Lancet

RCT (n= 3,037) found that low-dose rivaroxaban with a P2Y12 inhibitor (clopidogrel or ticagrelor) had a similar risk of clinically significant bleeding as aspirin and a P2Y12 inhibitor for the treatment of patients with acute coronary syndromes (5% both groups).


Subclinical leaflet thrombosis in surgical and transcatheter bioprosthetic aortic valves: an observational study

The Lancet

Registry data analysis found that leaflet thrombosis was less frequently observed in patients using warfarin or novel oral anticoagulants (eight [4%] of 224) than in those using dual antiplatelet or monoantiplatelet therapy (98 [15%] of 666; p<0•0001).



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