Tag: atrial fibrillation

Jun 22

Dabigatran versus warfarin for atrial fibrillation

Connolly SJ, et al. Dabigatran versus warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation. N Engl J Med 2009; 361:1139-1151
Dabigatran (Pradaxa) is non-inferior to warfarin for the prevention of strokes or systemic embolism, in non-valvular atrial fibrillation.

Feb 18

Omega-3 fatty acids for prevention of atrial fibrillation

Kowey PR, et al. Efficacy and safety of prescription omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of recurrent symptomatic atrial fibrillation. JAMA 2010; 304(21): 2363-72
High dose omega-3 fatty acids were not associated with a benefit in prevention of recurrent symptomatic AF.

Feb 02

Effect of home testing of INR on clinical events

Matchar DB, et al. Effect of home testing of INR on clinical events. N Engl J Med 2010;363:1608-20
Home INR self-testing does not appear to improve or worsen strokes, major bleeds or death when compared to high quality practice based management of anticoagulation.