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November 8, 2016

AEDs to be as common as fire extinguishers

“Our vision is to make automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) as commonplace as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms across the UK,” said Trudie Lobban, (CEO and Founder, Arrhythmia Alliance). Her comments came as the charity placed its 3,000 public access deribrillator in the UK on World Heart Re-Start The Heart Day on 18th October 2017 just after the meeting.

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November 8, 2016

Calling for access to LAAO for high-risk AF patients

There was a call at the meeting for NHS England to reconsider its ‘Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE)’ process for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO), the only treatment available to prevent an atrial fibrillation (AF)-related stroke in patients in whom oral anticoagulation is contraindicated.

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November 8, 2016

Sponsorship statement

The writing of our November 2016 report was sponsored by Daiichi-Sankyo. The company had no input into the content of the report but did examine it for ABPI compliance before publication.

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October 19, 2016

More real world data for OAC therapy

There are many challenges for physicians in managing patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). This has led to increasing interest in registry data giving insights into the real-world use of oral anticoagulation in non-valvular AF (NVAF). Below we highlight some of the registry data presented at this year’s congress

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October 19, 2016

UK patients not receiving anticoagulants properly

While oral anticoagulation (OAC) is recommended for the majority of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and ≥1 risk factor for stroke, OACs are not being prescribed for UK patients as per guidelines. This was the finding from a retrospective analysis of 105,000 patients enrolled into an observational community-based registry of 11 general practices (GP) serving the town of Darlington, England.

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October 19, 2016

Special groups: diabetes

Data from the PREFER in AF patient registry has shown that patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and diabetes on insulin treatment are at a significantly increased risk of stroke/systemic embolism compared to both AF patients without diabetes and AF patients with diabetes but not on insulin treatment.1

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October 19, 2016

Special groups: gender

The PREFER in AF registry has also shown that women experience a greater burden of symptoms compared to men and that treatment with oral anticoagulation is similar in both genders.1

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October 19, 2016

Special groups: body mass index

Analysis of the ENGAGE AF –TIMI study has shown that obese patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) had a lower risk of stroke/systemic embolic events (SEE) and better survival than AF patients with a normal body mass index (BMI), but the risk of bleeding was higher in patients with a BMI ≥ 25.1

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October 19, 2016

Stopping oral anticoagulation increases stroke risk

Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is highly effective in reducing thromboembolism and mortality in atrial fibrillation (AF) and stopping OAC significantly increases risk of stroke and mortality. This is the principal finding from a study conducted by Dr Jose Miguel Rivera-Caravaca (Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain) and co-workers.1

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October 19, 2016

New risk scoring systems better identify AF patients for anticoagulation

ENGAGE-AF TIMI

While existing risk scores help identify patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who warrant anticoagulation and monitoring, none are able to predict those who are likely to have adverse effects with warfarin and thus likely to benefit from non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulation (NOAC) therapy. The ENGAGE-AF TIMI risk score addressed this issue, using data from 21,105 patients from the trial with CHADS2 ≥2.1

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