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Dabigatran compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation and previous transient ischaemic attack or stroke: a subgroup analysis of the RE-LY trial
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
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2010 (English)In: Lancet Neurology, ISSN 1474-4422, E-ISSN 1474-4465, Vol. 9, no 12, 1157-1163 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background In the Randomised Evaluation of Long Term Anticoagulation Therapy (RE LY) trial dabigatran reduced occurrence of both stroke and haemorrhage compared with warfarin in patients who had atrial fibrillation and were at increased risk of stroke We aimed to assess the effects of dabigatran compared with warfarin in the subgroup of patients with previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack

Methods In the RE LY trial 18113 patients from 967 centres in 44 countries were randomly assigned to 110 mg or 150 mg dabigatran twice daily or to warfarin dose adjusted to international normalised ratio 2 0 to 3 0 Median follow up was 2 0 years (IQR 1 14-2 86) and the primary outcome was stroke or systemic embolism The primary safety outcome was major haemorrhage Patients and investigators were aware of whether patients received warfarin or dabigatran but not of dabigatran dose and event adjudicators were masked to treatment In a predefined analysis we investigated the outcomes of the RE LY trial in subgroups of patients with or without previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack RE LY is registered with ClimcalTriaLs gov NCT00262600

Findings Within the subgroup of patients with previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack, 1195 patients were from the 110 mg dabigatran group 1233 from the 150 mg dabigatran group and 1195 from the warfarin group Stroke or systemic embolism occurred m 65 patients (2 78% per year) on warfarin compared with 55 (2 32% per year) on 110 mg dabigatran (relative risk 0 84, 95% CI 0 58-1 20) and 51 (2 07% per year) on 150 mg dabigatran (0 75 0 52-1 08) The rate of major bleeding was significantly lower in patients on 110 mg dabigatran (RR 0 66 95% CI 0 48-0 90) and similar in those on 150 mg dabigatran (RR 1 01 95% CI 0 77-1 34) compared with those on warfarin The effects of both doses of dabigatran compared with warfarin were not significantly different between patients with previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack and those without for any of the outcomes from RE LY apart from vascular death (110 mg group compared with warfaric group mteraction p=0 038)

Interpretation In patients with previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack, the effects of 110 mg dabigatran and 150 mg dabigatran on stroke or systemic embolism were similar to those of warfarin Most effects of both dabigatran doses were consistent in patients with versus those without previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack.

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2010. Vol. 9, no 12, 1157-1163 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140933DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(10)70274-XISI: 000285078100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140933DiVA: diva2:384860
Available from: 2011-01-10 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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