The EXPAND study: Efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban in Japanese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation

Hiroaki Shimokawa, Takeshi Yamashita, Shinichiro Uchiyama, Takanari Kitazono, Wataru Shimizu, Takanori Ikeda, Masahiro Kamouchi, Koichi Kaikita, Koji Fukuda, Hideki Origasa, Ichiro Sakuma, Keijiro Saku, Yasuo Okumura, Yuichiro Nakamura, Hideo Morimoto, Naoki Matsumoto, Akihito Tsuchida, Junya Ako, Nobuyoshi Sugishita, Shogo ShimizuHirotsugu Atarashi, Hiroshi Inoue

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Aims: The EXPAND study examined the real-world efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism (SE) in Japanese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Methods and results: This multicenter, prospective, non-interventional, observational, cohort study was conducted at 684 medical centers in Japan. A total of 7141 NVAF patients ≥20 years of age (mean, 71.6 ± 9.4 years) who were being or about to be treated with rivaroxaban (10 mg/day, 43.5%; 15 mg/day, 56.5%) were followed for an average of 897.1 (±206.8) days with a high follow-up rate (99.65%). The mean CHADS2 score at baseline was 2.1 (1.3) (0–1, 37%; 2, 29%; ≥3, 34%). The total incidence rate of symptomatic stroke and SE (primary efficacy endpoint) was 1.0%/year, and 0.5%, 0.9%, and 1.7%/year for those with CHADS2 scores of 0–1, 2, and ≥3, respectively. Cumulative incidence rates for major bleeding (primary safety endpoint) and non-major bleeding (secondary safety endpoint) were 1.2%/year and 4.9%/year, respectively. Differences were noted between new and current users only for major bleeding event rate (1.7% vs. 1.1%/year, P = 0.0024). Comparisons with previous studies suggested that rivaroxaban is effective and safe for low-risk patients (0–1 CHADS2), as shown for warfarin in the XANTUS international prospective post-marketing study. Conclusions: The EXPAND study demonstrated that low dosages of rivaroxaban for Japanese NVAF patients in real-world clinical practice, including those with CHADS2 scores 0–1, resulted in low rates of stroke and SE, and major and non-major bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-132
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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