D-dimer and risk of thromboembolic and bleeding events in patients with atrial fibrillation: observations from the ARISTOTLE trial
2014 (English)In: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, ISSN 1538-7933, E-ISSN 1538-7836, Vol. 12, no 9, 1401-1412 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BackgroundD-dimer is related to adverse outcomes in arterial and venous thromboembolic diseases. ObjectivesTo evaluate the predictive value of D-dimer level for stroke, other cardiovascular events, and bleeds, in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) treated with oral anticoagulation with apixaban or warfarin; and to evaluate the relationship between the D-dimer levels at baseline and the treatment effect of apixaban vs. warfarin. MethodsIn the ARISTOTLE trial, 18201 patients with AF were randomized to apixaban or warfarin. D-dimer was analyzed in 14878 patients at randomization. The cohort was separated into two groups; not receiving vitaminK antagonist (VKA) treatment and receiving VKA treatment at randomization. ResultsHigher D-dimer levels were associated with increased frequencies of stroke or systemic embolism (hazard ratio [HR][Q4 vs. Q1]1.72, 95% confidence interval [CI]1.14-2.59, P=0.003), death (HR[Q4 vs. Q1]4.04, 95%CI3.06-5.33) and major bleeding (HR[Q4 vs. Q1]2.47, 95%CI1.77-3.45, P<0.0001) in the no-VKA group. Similar results were obtained in the on-VKA group. Adding D-dimer level to the CHADS(2) score improved the C-index from 0.646 to 0.655 for stroke or systemic embolism, and from 0.598 to 0.662 for death, in the no-VKA group. D-dimer level improved the HAS-BLED score for prediction of major bleeds, with an increase in the C-index from 0.610 to 0.641. There were no significant interactions between efficacy and safety of study treatment and D-dimer level. ConclusionIn anticoagulated patients with AF, the level of D-dimer is related to the risk of stroke, death, and bleeding, and adds to the predictive value of clinical risk scores. The benefits of apixaban were consistent, regardless of the baseline D-dimer level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 12, no 9, 1401-1412 p.
apixaban, atrial fibrillation, D-dimer, risk assessment, warfarin
Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-235188DOI: 10.1111/jth.12638ISI: 000342143900005PubMedID: 24942912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-235188DiVA: diva2:759460