Background and Objectives: In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), females taking vitamin K antagonist are at higher risk of stroke or systemic embolism (SSE), bleeding and all-cause death than males. This study investigated the relationship between sex and adverse clinical events in a contemporary AF patient cohort taking anticoagulation. Methods: This prospective multicenter AF registry study comprised 6,067 patients with AF (mean age, 70±9 years; men, 59%) with intermediate to high risk of stroke (CHA2DS2-VAscore ≥1) and receiving oral anticoagulation therapy. Adverse clinical outcomes, including SSE, bleeding, death were evaluated in patients stratified by sex and anticoagulation patterns. Results: Women were older and used more direct oral anticoagulants (85% vs. 78%, p<0.001) than men. During a median (25th and 75th percentiles) follow-up of 30 (24, 38) months, the incidence rate and risk of SSE (0.7 in women vs. 0.7 in men per 100 person-years) and major bleeding (0.1 in women vs. 0.1 in men per 100 person-years) were not different between the sexes. However, women had a lower all-cause death rate (0.4 in women vs. 0.6 in men per 100 person-years, hazard ratio: 0.48, 95% confidence interval: 0.25-0.91, p=0.025) than men. Conclusions: In contemporary anticoagulation for AF, SSE and major bleeding risks did not differ between sexes. However, women showed a lower risk of all-cause death rate than men, indicating that the use of oral anticoagulants for treating AF in females does not appear to be a risk factor for adverse clinical events.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by a grant of Patient-Centered Clinical Research Coordinating Center (PACEN) funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant number: HC19C0130).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Internal Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine