Koziel M, Teutsch C, Halperin JL, Rothman KJ, Diener HC, Ma CS, Marler S, Lu S, Gurusamy VK, Huisman MV, Lip GYH, GLORIA-AF Investigators. Atrial fibrillation and comorbidities: clinical characteristics and antithrombotic treatment in GLORIA-AF. PLoS One. 2021 Apr 14;16(4):e0249524. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249524.

BACKGROUND: Patients with AF often have multimorbidity (the presence of ≥2 concomitant chronic conditions).

To describe baseline characteristics, patterns of antithrombotic therapy, and factors associated with oral anticoagulant (OAC) prescription in patients with AF and ≥2 concomitant, chronic, comorbid conditions.

METHODS: Phase III of the GLORIA-AF Registry enrolled consecutive patients from January 2014 through December 2016 with recently diagnosed AF and CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥1 to assess the safety and effectiveness of antithrombotic treatment.

RESULTS: Of 21,241 eligible patients, 15,119 (71.2%) had ≥2 concomitant, chronic, comorbid conditions. The proportions of patients with multimorbidity receiving non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and vitamin K antagonists (VKA) were 60.2% and 23.6%, respectively. The proportion with paroxysmal AF was 57.0% in the NOAC group and 45.4% in the VKA group. Multivariable log-binomial regression analysis found the following factors were associated with no OAC prescription: pattern of AF (paroxysmal, persistent, or permanent), coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, prior bleeding, smoking status, and region (Asia, North America, or Europe). Factors associated with OAC prescriptions were age, body mass index, renal function, hypertension, history of cerebral ischemic symptoms, and AF ablation.

CONCLUSION: Multimorbid AF patients prescribed NOACs have fewer comorbidities than those prescribed VKAs. Age, AF pattern, comorbidities, and renal function are associated with OAC prescription.

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