Friday, 10 September 2021 19:58

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 6th September 2021

Effects of Antiplatelet Therapy After Stroke Caused by Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Extended Follow-up of the RESTART Randomized Clinical Trial

JAMA Neurology
UK RCT (n=537; median 3-year follow-up), found no difference in recurrent intracerebral haemorrhage (8.2% with antiplatelet therapy [AT] vs 9.3% without AT; adjusted HR, 0.87; 95% CI, 0.49-1.55; P = 0.64) or major vascular events (26.8 vs 32.5%; 0.79; 0.58-1.08; P = 0.14).


Effects of oral anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation after spontaneous intracranial haemorrhage in the UK: a randomised, open-label, assessor-masked, pilot-phase, non-inferiority trial

The Lancet Neurology
SoSTART RCT (n=218) did not confirm non-inferiority of starting oral anticoagulation (OAC) vs avoiding OAC for recurrent intracranial haemorrhage: 8% vs 4%; adjusted HR 2.42; 95% CI 0.72–8.09; p=0.152) with no difference in serious adverse events (17% vs 15%).


De-Escalation of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients WithAcute Coronary Syndromes

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
In analysis (15 RCTs;n=55,798), DAPT with aspirin & de-escalation from standard-dose potent P2Y12inhibitor (ticagrelor or prasugrel[PG]) to clopidogrel or low-dose PG 1 month after PCI was linked to fewer bleeding events vs. other DAPT strategies & no increase in ischaemic events.


Utility of Intravenous Alteplase Prior to Endovascular Stroke Treatment: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of RCTs

Review (3 studies, n=1092) detected no differences in functional outcomes at 3 months with direct endovascular treatment compared to combination of endovascular treatment preceded by IV thrombolysis in patients with an acute large vessel occlusion.



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