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Friday, 22 January 2021 21:01

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 18th January 2021

Apixaban or Vitamin K Antagonists and Aspirin or Placebo According to Kidney Function in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation After Acute Coronary Syndrome or PCI: Insights from The AUGUSTUS Trial

Review of the AUGUSTUS trial (n=4,456, reporting apixaban caused less bleeding and fewer hospitalisations than vitamin K antagonists in AF after ACS or PCI) found the safety and efficacy of apixaban was consistent irrespective of kidney function, as compared with warfarin.


Effect of Endovascular Treatment Alone vs Intravenous Alteplase Plus Endovascular Treatment on Functional Independence in Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke: The DEVT Randomized Clinical Trial

Journal of the American Medical Association
RCT in 234 patients with acute ischaemic stroke found endovascular treatment (EVT) alone was noninferior to i/v alteplase plus EVT (functional independence at 90 days was achieved in 54.3% vs 46.6% respectively, a difference that met the prespecified noninferiority margin of 10%).


Effect of Mechanical Thrombectomy Without vs With Intravenous Thrombolysis on Functional Outcome Among Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke: The SKIP Randomized Clinical Trial

Journal of the American Medical Association
Trial in patients (n=204) with acute large vessel occlusion stroke failed to demonstrate non-inferiority (NI) of mechanical thrombectomy (MT) alone vs. combined i/v thrombolysis plus MT for favourable functional outcome (OR 1.09 [95% confidence limit below the NI margin of 0.74]).



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