Association of Gender With Clinical Outcomes in a Contemporary Cohort of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation Receiving Oral Anticoagulants

Korean Circ J. 2022 Apr 26. doi: 10.4070/kcj.2021.0399. Online ahead of print.


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.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: Identifier: NCT02786095.

PMID:35656931 | DOI:10.4070/kcj.2021.0399