June 25, 2017

Deaths from atrial fibrillation high despite use of anticoagulants

Today, at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, it was reported that even though 80% of atrial fibrillation patients who should be on anticoagulants (according to their CHA2DS2-VASc score) are on anticoagulants, death rates at one year are still high.

Most of those deaths are due to cardiovascular causes. The risk factors predicting stroke or death were age, heart failure, previous mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack, or TIA), kidney disease, or previous bleeds.

Interestingly, taking statin drugs reduced the risk of death by about one-third whereas taking diuretics [presumably for high blood pressure] increased the risk of death by 70%.

For more info, see:  AF mortality and morbidity high at 1 year despite good anticoagulant use

Note: These findings were presented by Professor Gregory Lip, a member of the StopAfib.org Global Medical Advisory Board.

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