Saturday, 18 July 2020 14:32

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 13th July 2020

Pulmonary embolism in COVID-19 patients: a French multicentre cohort study

European Heart Journal
Study (n=1,240) identified independent risk factors linked to occurrence of PE in COVID-19 patients, including clinical and biological variables at admission, but these do not include traditional thrombo-embolic risk factors, highlighting major role of inflammation & coagulopathy.


Association of Factor V Leiden with Subsequent Atherothrombotic Events: A GENIUS-CHD Study of Individual Participant Data

Analysis of 20 studies (61,147 patients; 6849 events) found Factor V Leiden (FVL) was not linked to increased risk of subsequent atherothrombotic events and mortality in high-risk patients with established and treated CHD, thus not supporting routine assessment of FVL status.


Ticagrelor and Aspirin or Aspirin Alone in Acute Ischemic Stroke or TIA

New England Journal of Medicine
RCT (n=11,016) found composite of stroke or death within 30 days was lower with ticagrelor–aspirin vs. aspirin alone (5.5. vs. 6.6%;HR 0.83; 95% CI, 0.71-0.96; p=0.02) but incidence of disability did not differ significantly and severe bleeding was more frequent with ticagrelor.


Acute Ischemic Stroke

New England Journal of Medicine
Review covers initial evaluation and imaging, use of alteplase within and after 4.5 hours of stroke onset, mechanical thrombectomy within and after 6 hours of stoke onset, tenecteplase, antithrombotic agents, and general medical & supportive care.


Atrial fibrillation and the prothrombotic state: revisiting Virchow’s triad in 2020

This review concludes that the mechanisms contributing to a pro-thrombotic state in AF fulfils Virchow's triad, and that improved understanding of the various factors involved in thrombus formation will allow better clinical risk stratification and targeted therapies in AF.



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