Post-discharge antithrombotic management and clinical outcomes of patients with new-onset or pre-existing atrial fibrillation and acute coronary syndromes undergoing coronary stenting: Follow-up data of the MATADOR-PCI study

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      . Patients with concomitant atrial fibrillation (AF) and acute coronary syndromes (ACS) do not seem to receive proper antithrombotic therapies and present high rates of adverse clinical events.


      . We analyzed the follow-up data of the prospective, nationwide MATADOR-PCI registry. We assessed the use of antithrombotic strategies and the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and net adverse clinical events (NACE) at 6 months, in patients with new-onset or pre-existing AF admitted for ACS and treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).


      . Out of the 588 patients enrolled in the registry and discharged alive (287 with pre-existing and 301 with new-onset AF), data at 6 months were obtained for 579 (98.5%) patients. Compared to hospital discharge, the rate of triple antithrombotic therapy was significantly reduced (from 76.4% to 23.6% and from 53.8% to 23.6%; both p<0.0001) while dual antithrombotic therapy (DAT) increased (from 11.8% to 56.3% and from 5.8% to 30.9%; both p<0.0001) at follow-up, in patients with pre-existing and new-onset AF, respectively. Among patients with a class IA indication to receive oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT), it was prescribed in 91% and 88% of patients with pre-existing and 64% and 62% of new-onset AF, at discharge and follow-up, respectively. At 6 months from discharge the overall rate of MACE was 8.4% and 7.6% (p=0.75), while NACE occurred in 10.8% vs 10.0% (p=0.74) of patients with pre-existing or new-onset AF, respectively.


      . At follow-up, DAT was the most used antithrombotic strategy for both patients with pre-existing and new-onset AF with concomitant ACS. These two groups of patients presented comparable rates of MACE and NACE at 6 months.


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