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Sunday, 13 March 2022 11:08

Anticoagulation news items. Weeks commencing 28th February and 7th March 2022

Safety and efficacy of aspirin, unfractionated heparin, both, or neither during endovascular stroke treatment (MR CLEAN-MED): an open-label, multicentre, randomised controlled trial

The Lancet
RCT (n=663), stopped early due to safety concerns, found risk of symptomatic intracranial haemorrhage was higher in patients randomised to aspirin (14% v 7% in those not on aspirin; adjusted OR 1.95 [95% CI 1.13–3.35]) and unfractionated heparin (13% v 7%; 1.98 [1.14–3.46]).


Comparison of Clopidogrel Monotherapy After 1 to 2 Months of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy With 12 Months of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome: The STOPDAPT-2 ACS Randomized Clinical Trial

JAMA Cardiology
RCT (n=4136) found effectiveness of clopidogrel monotherapy after 1 to 2 months of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is inconclusive (1-year incidence rate of primary end point of CV & bleeding events = 3.2% vs. 2.8% in 12-month DAPT group, failing to meet noninferiority criteria).


Benefits and harms of direct oral anticoagulation and low molecular weight heparin for thromboprophylaxis in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery: systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised trials

British Medical Journal
Review (68 RCTs; n=45 445) found DOACs & low/high dose LMWH reduced VTE active treatment (OR 0.17, 95% CI 0.07-0.41; 0.33, 0.16-0.67; 0.19; 0.07-0.54) but probably increase major bleeding (2-3 fold) to similar extent; DOACs probably prevent symptomatic VTE to greater extent.


Oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation at low stroke risk: a multicentre observational study

European Heart Journal
Study (n=59,076) suggests NOACs may be linked to positive net clinical benefit, with lower stroke rate (HR 0.72; 95% CI 0.56–0.94) & no increase intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) risk vs. no treatment & similar stroke rate vs. VKAs but lower rate ICH with NOACs (HR 0.63; 0.42–0.94).


DTB Select: Risk of gastrointestinal bleeding with concomitant NOAC and glucocorticoid treatment

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
Summary and context are provided on a case-control study that found concomitant treatment with a NOAC and an oral glucocorticoid was associated with a modest increase in the risk of a bleeding event compared with no glucocorticoid exposure.


Evaluation of antithrombotic use and COVID-19 outcomes in a nationwide atrial fibrillation cohort

Study found pre-existing antithrombotic use associated with lower odds of Covid-related death (OR 0.92, 95%CI 0.87-0.96) and although this link may not be causal, researchers suggest it provides further incentive to improve antithrombotic coverage for eligible individuals with AF.



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