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Differences in knowledge among patients with atrial fibrillation receiving non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants and vitamin K antagonists
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Background: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are increasingly used for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) worldwide. Few articles have compared current understanding of AF patients about the disease and anticoagulant therapy in relation to the medications used. Aim: We sought to compare the knowledge of AF and anticoagulation between AF patients treated with NOACs and those on vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). Methods: We used the Jessa AF Knowledge Questionnaire (JAKQ), developed and validated in Belgium. Patients were recruited at a tertiary centre in Krakow, Poland. Results: A total of 479 AF patients completed the JAKQ. Patients on NOACs (n = 276 57.6%) compared with those on VKAs (n = 175, 36.5%) did not differ regarding demographic and clinical variables. The mean score of the JAKQ was very similar in the NOAC and VKA group (60.7 +/- 17.0% vs. 61.6 +/- 17.1 %; p = OA, respectively). the differences in the proportion ot correct responses referred to three questions. Consequences of AF, such as blood clots and cerebral infarction, were more obvious for patients on NOACs; compand with those con VKAs (81.5% vs. 70.9%; p = 0.01). The patients con NOACs (78.7% vs. 67.6%; p = 0.009) more frequently considered consulting a physician for advice concerning anticoagulant treatment before surgery, while fewer patients on NOACs were aware of the need to take their medication even it they did not feel AF (76.1% vs. 89.7%; p = 0.0004). Only 25.9% of the VKA patients and 49.3% of the NOAC users knew what to do if they missed a dose of the anticoagulant. Conclusions: The knowledge of arrhythmia and anticoagulation is better regarding the safety issues among subjects on NOACs compared with those on VKAs. Irrespective of the type of oral anticoagulation therapy, education of AF patients should be improved.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Kardiologia Polska , organ Polskiego Towazystwa Kardiologicznego / Polskie Towarzystwa Kardiologicznego. - Warszawa
Publication
Warszawa : 2018
ISSN
0022-9032
Volume/pages
76 :7 (2018) , p. 1089-1096
ISI
000438100900010
Pubmed ID
29528483
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