Friday, 04 November 2016 21:58

Anticoagulation news items. Weeks commencing 31st October 2016

Short term versus long term dual antiplatelet therapy after implantation of drug eluting stent in patients with or without diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data from randomised trials

British Medical Journal

Review (n=11,473) found long term (12 months) dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) did not reduce risk of major adverse cardiac events vs. short term DAPT (≤6 months) but increased risk of bleeding among patients with stents with or without diabetes.


Association between delivery methods for red blood cell transfusion and the risk of venous thromboembolism: a longitudinal study

The Lancet Haematology

Study (n=10604) found transfusion via a multi-lumen PICC is associated with a greater risk of thrombosis than via a peripheral IV catheter (HR 1•96 (95% CI
1•47–2•61; p<0•0001) vs. patients not receiving a transfusion, and 1•79 (1•09–2•95; p=0•022) vs. peripheral IV line.


Genetic Polymorphisms and Clopidogrel Efficacy for Acute Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis


Review (15 studies, 4762 patients) found carriers of CYP2C19 loss-of-function alleles (*2, *3 and/or *8) were at increased risk of stroke vs non-carriers among patients with ischemic stroke/TIA treated with clopidogrel (12.0 vs. 5.8%; RR 1.92, 95% CI: 1.57-2.35; p<0.001).


Adverse events in trial for haemophilia drug, ACE910

Reuters Health

Four patients have suffered serious adverse events relating to thrombosis/ blood clots in a trial of ACE910. ACE910 is a recombinant bispecific monoclonal
antibody which simultaneously binds factor IXa and X, exerting the same function as factor VIII.


Wide Variation in Reported Rates of Stroke Across Cohorts of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation


This review (34 studies) reports a variation in reported stroke rates in different cohorts of patients with AF showing that CHA2DS2-VASc scores do not
correspond to fixed absolute stroke rates; a net clinical benefit for anticoagulating patients with score 1 or 2 was not observed.



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