Stroke risk and suboptimal thromboprophylaxis in Chinese patients with atrial fibrillation: Would the novel oral anticoagulants have an impact?

  • Guo Y
  • Pisters R
  • Apostolakis S
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BACKGROUND: The risk of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) is higher in Far Eastern population than in Western population, and warfarin use suboptimal. There is uncertainty whether the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) would have a major impact on stroke prevention in Far Eastern populations with AF. OBJECTIVES: We investigated current antithrombotic therapy use on stroke and bleeding risk, determinants of warfarin use and performed a modeling analysis of the net clinical benefit of the NOACs (apixaban, dabigatran) in a large cohort of Chinese patients with AF. METHODS: We studied 1034 Chinese patients (27.1% female, median age 75years, interquartile range [IQR]: 63-83) with AF who were followed-up for an average of 1.9years (IQR: 1.43-2.64). Stroke/thromboembolism (TE), and major bleeding associated to antithrombotic treatment were investigated. A modeling analysis was performed for the net clinical benefit balancing major bleeding against stroke/TE for dabigatran 110mg bid, dabigatran 150mg bid and apixaban, using their respective recent clinical trial outcome data. RESULTS: Using a Cox proportional hazard model, the Hazard Ratio [HR (95% confidence interval, CI)] for stroke/TE compared to no-antithrombotic therapy (no ATT) was 1.27 (0.65-2.50) on aspirin, 1.40 (0.35-3.57) on clopidogrel, 1.52 (0.72-3.23) on dual antiplatelets and 1.65 (0.76-3.57) on warfarin. The risk for major bleeding was 0.35 (0.14-0.85) on aspirin, 0.74 (0.24-2.29) on clopidogrel, 0.35 (0.11-1.10) on dual antiplatelets, and 0.88 (0.36-2.17) on warfarin. Binary logistic regression analysis showed persistent/permanent AF (Odds Ratio, OR, 2.03 [95%CI 1.05-3.92], p=0.035) was associated with warfarin use, but age >/=75years (0.26 [0.16-0.42], p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Anticoagulants
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Female
  • Stroke
  • Thrombosis
  • Warfarin
  • methods

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  • PMID: 23103146


  • Y Guo

  • R Pisters

  • S Apostolakis

  • A D Blann

  • H Wang

  • X Zhao

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