Friday, 09 January 2015 20:22

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 5th January 2015

Anticoagulation during pregnancy in women with prosthetic valves: evidence, guidelines and unanswered questions

Heart

Managementof this patient group remains difficult and controversial. There is no ideal anticoagulation regimen as there are inherent risks and benefits of each approach for both mother and foetus. There are limited data on optimal treatment strategy for an individual patient.

 

FDA approves licensing of edoxaban (Savaysa) tablets

US Food and Drug Administration

The FDA has approved edoxaban, a factor Xa inhibitor, to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

 

d-Dimer Testing to Select Patients With a First Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism Who Can Stop Anticoagulant Therapy: A Cohort Study

Annals of Internal Medicine

This cohort study found a 6.7% per patient-year (PPY) risk for recurrent VTE in patients with a first unprovoked proximal DVT or PE who had a negative d-dimer test result during anticoagulant therapy and 1 month after withdrawal; the recurrence risk was higher in men (9.7% PPY).

 

Misperceptions of aspirin efficacy and safety may perpetuate anticoagulant underutilization in atrial fibrillation

European Heart Journal

The authors of this discussion conclude it may be necessary to exclude aspirin for stroke prevention in AF (without comorbid conditions requiring its use) from all AF guidelines, as done by NICE, to remove the 'soft option' of prescribing a drug that is neither effective nor safe.

 

 

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