Friday, 25 January 2019 18:28

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 21st January 2019

Association of Aspirin Use for Primary Prevention With Cardiovascular Events and Bleeding Events: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Journal of the American Medical Association

Review of 13 RCTs (n=164,225) found that aspirin use reduced a composite of CV mortality, non-fatal MI/stroke vs no aspirin (57.1 vs 61.4 /10,000 patient-years, HR 0.89, 95% CI 0.84-0.95, NNT 265), however aspirin had an increased risk of major bleeding (1.43, 1.30-1.56, NNH 210).


Stroke Outcomes in the Cardiovascular OutcoMes for People using Anticoagulation StrategieS (COMPASS) Trial


RCT (n=27,395) found a reduced risk of strokes with rivaroxaban 2.5mg twice daily plus aspirin 100mg daily vs aspirin alone (0.9% per year vs 1.6% per year, HR 0.58, 95% CI 0.44-0.76). The effect of the combination compared with aspirin was consistent across subgroups.



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