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2012-06-13 10:24:28

New scientific findings in anticoagulation for stroke prevention are paving the way for updates to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the management of atrial fibrillation. Some of these findings were presented during the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) sessions at Cardiostim 2012, 13-16 June, in Nice, France. Cardiostim is an international scientific congress in the field of electrophysiology and cardiac techniques. It is organized in collaboration with the...

2012-05-11 11:59:39

American Heart Association meeting report - Abstract 10 Acute ischemic stroke patients taking the blood thinner warfarin can be treated safely with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2012. "Although it's the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat acute ischemic stroke, tPA is underused among patients on home...

2012-05-11 02:23:40

NATICK and BOSTON, Mass., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces results from the ASA Plavix (ASAP) Study, which studied the WATCHMAN® Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) device. The data showed a reduction in the risk of ischemic stroke by 75 percent in patients with atrial fibrillation who have a contraindication to oral anticoagulants such as warfarin. Vivek Reddy, M.D., Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Mount Sinai Medical Center in...

2012-05-09 19:45:46

Older women who have been diagnosed with an irregular heart beat are at higher risk of stroke than men. A new study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC) shows that warfarin, the most common anticoagulant therapy used to prevent stroke in patients with Atrial fibrillation (AF) may not be as effective in women, 75 years or older, as in men. "Our results suggest that elderly women with AF may need to be targeted for more effective stroke prevention...

Aspirin Vs. Warfarin: Both Effective For Heart Failure Treatment
2012-05-03 08:22:43

Less costly aspirin is as effective for heart failure patients with normal heart rhythm as other more expensive drugs, such as warfarin, according to breakthrough research published in today´s New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers, led by clinical principal investigator Shunichi Homma, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York and statistical principal investigator John L.P. (Seamus) Thompson, PhD, of Columbia University´s Mailman School of Public Health, found...

2012-04-23 02:21:41

Bayer Inc. welcomes support for public reimbursement of new treatment TORONTO, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Hundreds of thousands of Canadians living with atrial fibrillation (AF) are now one step closer to getting public reimbursement for a new stroke prevention therapy - news that was welcomed today by Bayer Inc. The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) through the Common Drug Review (CDR), has positively recommended to Canada's provincial and...

2012-03-29 22:45:04

People who have experienced a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) experience high rates of depression, but up to two-thirds of them are undertreated, according to new findings from Duke University Medical Center. Daniel Laskowitz, M.D., a professor of medicine at Duke and the senior author of the study published today in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, called the findings "striking." Because depression was just as common in TIA, which typically does not result in...

2012-03-09 11:05:49

Research: Risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke in rheumatoid arthritis: Danish nationwide cohort study People with rheumatoid arthritis are at a greater risk of irregular heart rhythm (known as atrial fibrillation) and stroke compared with the general population, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Rheumatoid arthritis is already linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and heart failure, and is an important risk factor for stroke. But no study has yet examined whether it...

2012-02-03 19:00:25

In the largest and longest head-to-head comparison of two anti-clotting medications, warfarin and aspirin were similar in preventing deaths and strokes in heart failure patients with normal heart rhythm, according to late-breaking research presented at the American Stroke Association´s International Stroke Conference 2012. “Although there was a warfarin benefit for patients treated for four or more years, overall, warfarin and aspirin were similar,” said Shunichi Homma,...

2012-02-03 06:23:24

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- A whopping one out of every three stroke survivors leave the hospital without knowing the cause of their stroke. Irregular heart rhythms appear to cause about one-fifth of strokes for which a cause is known. "Identifying and treating these patients for irregular rhythm could reduce the recurrence of stroke by 40 percent compared to reducing the risk by treating them with aspirin," Daniel J. Miller, M.D., the study's first author and a senior staff neurologist at...