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One Year Data from the PREFER in AF Registry Show Significant Changes in Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Management in Europe and Implementation of Clinical Guidelines
Date:9/2/2014

BARCELONA, Spain, September 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


Registry provides new insights into AF treatment decisions, including patients' quality of life and treatment satisfaction[1],[2]

 

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ESC Congress 2014, 02 September 2014, Barcelona, Spain: Daiichi Sankyo today announced one year results of the PREvention oF thromboembolic events-European Registry in Atrial Fibrillation (PREFER in AF), revealing significant changes to the treatment of AF patients in clinical practice following an update to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on AF management in 2012.[3] While the results indicate that improvements have been made, further changes are needed to address key treatment challenges and patient concerns.[1],[2]  

Data from the registry, sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo, reveals that the majority of patients with AF are being treated with oral anticoagulants (82.3% patients receiving OACs at baseline and 80% at one year follow up).[2] The percentage of patients receiving novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) has more than doubled in the past year (from 6.1% to 12.6%),[2] and patients receiving vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) has reduced from 66.3% to 61.8%,[2] indicating that recent ESC guideline updates, which recommend NOACs as broadly preferable to VKAs in the vast majority of patients with non-valvular AF, are being increasingly implemented in clinical practice.[3] The registry also observed a
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