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Need to assess a new method of warfarin management vs. new oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation

The two obstacles to warfarin therapy (keeping the INR in range and the associated hassles of frequent lab visits) can be eliminated by INR self testing and online "virtual clinic" monitoring and management (as demonstrated in six small studies. Achieving an INR percent time in range of approximately 75% to 80% is associated with a 50% or lower rate of thromboembolism and major bleeding. The studies of new oral anticoagulants... more »

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If the ease and convenience of INR self testing, when combined with online virtual clinic management, can double the safety and efficacy of warfarin therapy, this form of therapy will benefit millions of patients with atrial fibrillation world wide. By extrapolation, this mode of therapy may also benefit millions of patients at risk of venous thrombosis, myocardial infarction, and stroke.

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This issue would require a prospective randomized control trial in moderate to high risk patients with atrial fibrillation to compare warfarin managed with such a system vs treatment with one of the new oral anticoagulants. Additional issues could be addressed if the study also included a warfarin arm with traditional management and/or an arm that involved monitoring of the new agent. The projected impact of the new warfarin management method on a composite end point of stroke, systemic embolism, major bleed and death is large enough (30 to 60 fewer events per 1,000 patients per year) that the sample size would be much smaller than the trials used to evaluate the new agents vs warfarin in atrial fibrillation.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Henry I. Bussey, Pharm.D.

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Does lowering circulating lipoprotein(a) levels influence cardiovascular outcomes?

A comprehensive research strategy and plan is needed to determine the most efficient, safe, cost-effective and widely applicable strategy to decrease circulating levels of lipoprotein(a) and to determine whether lowering circulating lipoprotein(a) levels will reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease such as a heart attack or a stroke as well as the progression of atherosclerosis or aortic stenosis.

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Approximately 20% of the population are characterized by elevated circulating levels of lipoprotein(a), regardless of age, gender or blood cholesterol levels. Estimates suggest that up to 90% of the variation in plasma lipoprotein(a) levels could be due to genetic factors, which makes lipoprotein(a) the most prevalent inherited risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Large-scale genetic studies have shown that Lipoprotein(a) was the strongest genetic determinant of CVD such as atherosclerosis and aortic stenosis. Lipoprotein(a) is one of the strongest predictors of residual CVD risk and has been shown to improve CVD risk prediction in several population-based studies. Lipoprotein(a) is also one of the strongest known risk factors for spontaneous ischemic stroke in childhood.
A comprehensive research strategy aiming at identifying, evaluating interaction with other risk factors, treating and educating patients with elevated lipoprotein(a) levels would result in substantial reductions of health care costs in the US and around the globe by reducing the burden of CVD while simultaneously improving the quality of life of these patients.

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The list of pharmaceutical agents that reduce lipoprotein(a) levels is steadily increasing. There are approximately half a dozen strategies that have been shown to significantly and safely lower lipoprotein(a) levels. One of the challenges of this research strategy will be to determine which of these strategies represent the most efficient, safe, cost-effective and widely applicable approach to lower lipoprotein(a) levels and CVD outcomes.
Increasing awareness on lipoprotein(a) and CVD will also be of utmost importance for this effort as relatively few physicians perform lipoprotein(a) testing and even fewer patients are aware of their lipoprotein(a) level. The first sign of high lipoprotein(a) is often a heart attack or stroke. Our challenge will be to identify patients with high lipoprotein(a) that could be enrolled in trials of risk characterization and lipoprotein(a)-lowering.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Sandra Revill Tremulis on behalf of the Lipoprotein(a) Foundation Scientific Advisory Board

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Restoring Balance to Stroke Prevention in Older AFib Patients

Improving Tools for Anticoagulation Decision-Making

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AFib increases stroke risk by five-fold and doubles the risk that a stroke will result in permanent disability. While oral anticoagulation (OAC) is highly effective at reducing stroke risk, elderly patients are often under-anticoagulated. This is in part due to an under-appreciation of the stroke risk associated with AFib and the tendency of some health care professionals to prioritize perceived bleeding risk over stroke prophylaxis. Because current bleeding risk assessment tools are imperfect and largely unable to predict patients who are likely to have bleeding complications, they are often not utilized—or if used, do not truly predict which patients are at risk of a bleed. An improved bleeding risk tool is critical to improved risk assessment in the elderly. That bleeding risk tool should then be combined with the stroke risk tool for single risk stratification to streamline anticoagulation decision-making.

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Developing effective integrated risk assessment tools is feasible only if there is consensus on the validity of the clinical information being provided. The approach to this critical challenge is two-fold. First, needed research that improves the reliability of bleeding risk assessment in the elderly should be pursued. Second, stroke and bleeding risk tools should be combined into a single risk stratification tool. This will require significant investment and focus, but the resulting bleeding risk assessment combined with the accepted CHA2DS2-VASc score, would significantly impact the 40 - 60% of patients who are currently not on an anticoagulant and are at increased risk of stroke and death.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea AFib Optimal Treatment Task Force

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Asymptomatic carotid artery disease

What is the most effective approach to asymptomatic carotid artery disease to reduce the burden of stroke?

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­Develop improved understanding of factors associated with carotid plaque progression and the reliable identification of higher risk asymptomatic lesions. This will lead to improved selection of asymptomatic patients for carotid intervention, a critical area of controversy and a highly prevalent condition.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Society for Vascular Surgery

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Improving pre-hospital therapy of HLB disorders

There is compelling evidence that pre-hospital therapy of both stroke and MI can improve outcomes and yet, with the exception of aspirin for MI, almost no care is administered pre-hospital in the U.S. NHLBI has a major stake in improving pre-hospital care because there already are sufficient data to show that currently available interventions would improve outcomes if they could be administered in the prehospital setting.... more »

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The mortality and disability from stroke could be substantially reduced. The early mortality of STEMI and late disability from heart failure could be substantially reduced.

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There are numerous challenges including:
• Obtaining informed consent for pre-hospital clinical trials
• Fragmentation of EMS services by locale
• Need to train EMS personnel
• CMS rules on reimbursement for ambulance services and novel drugs

NHLBI could use its convening power in partnership with other groups to integrate this effort.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Barry Coller

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