Antithrombotic therapy for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation who survive an intracerebral haemorrhage: results of an EHRA survey



Ivany, Elena, Lane, Deirdre A ORCID: 0000-0002-5604-9378, Dan, Gheorghe-Andrei, Doehner, Wolfram, Farkowski, Michal M, Iliodromitis, Konstantinos, Lenarczyk, Radoslaw and Potpara, Tatjana S
(2021) Antithrombotic therapy for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation who survive an intracerebral haemorrhage: results of an EHRA survey. EP Europace.

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Abstract

<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>The aim of this survey is to provide a snapshot of current practice regarding antithrombotic therapy (ATT) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) comorbid with intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH). An online survey was distributed to members of the European Heart Rhythm Association. A total of 163 clinicians responded, mostly cardiologists or electrophysiologists (87.7%), predominantly working in University hospitals (61.3%). Most respondents (47.2%) had seen one to five patients with AF comorbid with ICH in the last 12 months. Among patients sustaining an ICH on oral anticoagulation (OAC), 84.3% respondents would consider some form of ATT post-ICH, with 73.2% preferring to switch from a vitamin-K antagonist (VKA) to a non-VKA oral anticoagulant (NOAC) and 37.2% preferring to switch from one NOAC to another. Most (36.6%) would restart OAC &amp;gt;30 days post-ICH. Among patients considered unable to take OAC, left atrial appendage occlusion procedure was the therapy of choice in 73.3% respondents. When deciding on ATT, respondents considered patient’s CHA2DS2-VASc score, ICH type, demographics, risk factors, and patient adherence. The main reason for not restarting or commencing ATT was concern about recurrent ICH (80.8%). National or international clinical guidelines would be advantageous to support decision-making (84.3%). Other helpful resources reported were multidisciplinary team involvement (46.9%) and patient education (82%). In summary, most survey respondents would prescribe OAC therapy for patients with AF who have sustained an ICH on OAC and would restart OAC &amp;gt;30 days post-ICH. The risk of recurrent ICH was the main reason for not prescribing any ATT post-ICH.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Life Courses and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2021 09:30
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2022 00:14
DOI: 10.1093/europace/euaa423
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3119455