Thrombosis and Haemostasis Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Schattauer

Journal description

Thrombosis and Haemostasis publishes original papers only, as well as reports, news and inside information about current research and science. In addition, it presents innovative results of scientific research which will be the practitioner's tool of tomorrow. Thrombosis and Haemostasis is read by haematologists, angiologists, cardiologists, surgeons, gynaecologists, internal specialists and laboratory physicians. Thrombosis and Haemostasis is published monthly. It is the official journal of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). All members of the Society receive Thrombosis and Haemostasis as part of their Society membership.

Current impact factor: 5.76

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 5.76
2012 Impact Factor 6.094
2011 Impact Factor 5.044
2010 Impact Factor 4.701
2009 Impact Factor 4.451
2008 Impact Factor 3.803
2007 Impact Factor 3.501
2006 Impact Factor 2.803
2005 Impact Factor 3.056
2004 Impact Factor 3.413
2003 Impact Factor 4.95
2002 Impact Factor 4.357
2001 Impact Factor 4.91
2000 Impact Factor 4.372
1999 Impact Factor 4.983
1998 Impact Factor 3.726
1997 Impact Factor 4.582
1996 Impact Factor 4.267
1995 Impact Factor 4.464
1994 Impact Factor 4.125
1993 Impact Factor 4.352
1992 Impact Factor 4.481

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 4.78
Cited half-life 7.60
Immediacy index 1.35
Eigenfactor 0.04
Article influence 1.42
Website Thrombosis & Haemostasis website
Other titles Thrombosis and haemostasis
ISSN 0340-6245
OCLC 2208259
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details


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    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
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  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • On authors personal website, institutional repository or centrally organized repository
    • On a non-profit server
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged with set statement (see policy)
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Atherogenic processes and vascular remodelling after arterial injury are controlled and driven by a plethora of factors amongst which the activation of the complement system is pivotal. Recently, we reported a clear correlation between high expressions of the second receptor for complement anaphylatoxin C5a, the C5a receptor-like 2 (C5L2, C5aR2), with high pro-inflammatory cytokine expression in advanced human atherosclerotic plaques. This prompted us to speculate that C5aR2 might have a functional role in atherosclerosis. We, therefore, investigated the role of C5aR2 in atherosclerosis and vascular remodelling. Here, we demonstrate that C5ar2 deletion, in atherosclerosis-prone mice, attenuates atherosclerotic as well as neointimal plaque formation, reduces macrophages and CD3+ T cells and induces features of plaque stability, as analysed by histomorphometry and quantitative immunohistochemistry. As a possible underlying mechanism, C5ar2-deficient plaques showed significantly reduced expression of C5a receptor (C5ar1), Tnf-α as well as Vcam-1, as determined by qPCR and quantitative immunohistochemistry. In addition, in vitro mechanistic studies revealed a reduction of these pro-inflammatory and pro-atherosclerotic mediators in C5ar2-deficient macrophages. Finally, blocking C5ar1 with antagonist JPE1375, in C5ar2-/-/Apoe-/- mice, led to a further reduction in neointimal plaque formation with reduced inflammation. In conclusion, C5ar2 deficiency attenuates atherosclerosis and neointimal plaque formation after arterial injury. This identifies C5aR2 as a promising target to reduce atherosclerosis and restenosis after vascular interventions.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(4). DOI:10.1160/TH14-12-1075
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular injury in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) involves a complex cross-talk between inflammatory mediators, platelets and thrombosis, where the interaction between platelets and coagulation factors (e. g. thrombin) is a central link between thrombosis and inflammation. In ACS, aspirin at antiplatelet doses exhibits anti-inflammatory effects as seen from the decrease in inflammation markers such as CRP, M-CSF, MCP-1 and others. These actions probably occur subsequent to inhibition of platelet COX-1-dependent thromboxane formation and its action as a multipotent autocrine and paracrine agent. This likely involves inhibition of thrombin formation as well as inhibition of secondary pro-inflammatory mediators, such as sphingosine-1-phosphate. Experimental and limited clinical data additionally suggest antiinflammatory effects of aspirin independent of its antiplatelet action. For example, aspirin at antiplatelet doses might acetylate COX-2 in vascular cells, directing the activity of the enzyme into a 15-lipoxygenase which by transcellular metabolism results in the formation of 15-epi-lipoxin (´aspirin-triggered lipoxin´), an antiinflammatory mediator. Furthermore, aspirin stimulates eNOS via lysine-acetylation, eventually resulting in induction of heme oxygenase (HO-1), which improves the antioxidative potential of vascular cells. All of these effects have been seen at antiplatelet doses of 100-300 mg/day, equivalent to peak plasma levels of 10-30 µM. Many more potentially antiinflammatory mechanisms of aspirin have been described, mostly salicylate-related, at low to medium millimolar concentrations and, therefore, are of minor clinical interest. Altogether, there is a wealth of data supporting antiiflammatory effects of aspirin in ACS, but studies generating direct evidence for antiinflammatory effects in ACS remain to be done.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(3). DOI:10.1160/TH15-03-0191
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    ABSTRACT: Thrombin activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI) is the zymogen form of a basic carboxypeptidase (TAFIa) with both anti-fibrinolytic and anti-inflammatory properties. The role of TAFI in inflammatory disease is multifaceted and involves modulation both of specific inflammatory mediators as well as of the behaviour of inflammatory cells. Moreover, as suggested by in vitro studies, inflammatory mediators are capable of regulating the expression of CPB2, the gene encoding TAFI. In this study we addressed the hypothesis that decreased TAFI levels observed in inflammation are due to post-transcriptional mechanisms. Treatment of human HepG2 cells with pro-inflammatory cytokines TNFα, IL-6 in combination with IL-1β, or with bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) decreased TAFI protein levels by approximately two-fold over 24 to 48 hours of treatment. Conversely, treatment of HepG2 cells with the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 increased TAFI protein levels by two-fold at both time points. We found that the mechanistic basis for this modulation of TAFI levels involves binding of tristetraprolin (TTP) to the CPB2 3'-UTR, which mediates CPB2 mRNA destabilisation. In this report we also identified that HuR, another ARE-binding protein but one that stabilises transcripts, is capable of binding the CBP2 3'UTR. We found that pro-inflammatory mediators reduce the occupancy of HuR on the CPB2 3'-UTR and that the mutation of the TTP binding site in this context abolishes this effect, although TTP and HuR appear to contact discrete binding sites. Interestingly, all of the mediators tested appear to increase TAFI protein expression in THP-1 macrophages, likewise through effects on CPB2 mRNA stability.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(2). DOI:10.1160/TH14-08-0653
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    ABSTRACT: As non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) brings a risk of stroke, oral anticoagulants (OAC) are recommended. In 'real world' clinical practice, many patients (who may be, or perceived to be, intolerant of OACs) are either untreated or are treated with anti-platelet agents. We hypothesised that edoxaban has a better net clinical benefit (NCB, balancing the reduction in stroke risk vs increased risk of haemorrhage) than no treatment or anti-platelet agents. We performed a network meta-analysis of published data from 24 studies of 203,394 AF patients to indirectly compare edoxaban with aspirin alone, aspirin plus clopidogrel, and placebo. Edoxaban 30 mg once daily significantly reduced the risk of all stroke, ischaemic stroke and mortality compared to placebo and aspirin. Compared to aspirin plus clopidogrel, there was a lower risk of intra-cranial haemorrhage (ICH). Edoxaban 60 mg once-daily had a reduced risk of any stroke and systemic embolism compared to placebo, aspirin, and aspirin plus clopidogrel. Mortality rates for both edoxaban doses were estimated to be lower compared to any anti-platelet, and significantly lower compared to placebo. With overall reduced risk of ischemic stroke and ICH, both edoxaban doses bring a NCB of mean (SD) 1.68 (0.15) saved events per 100 patients per year compared to anti-platelet drugs in a clinical trial population. The NCB was demonstrated to be lower, at 0.77 (0.12) events saved (p< 0.01) when modeled to data from a 'real world' cohort of AF patients. In conclusion, edoxaban is likely to provide even better protection from stroke and ICH than placebo, aspirin alone, or aspirin plus clopidogrel in both clinical trial populations and unselected community populations. Both edoxaban doses would also bring a positive NCB compared to anti-platelet drugs or placebo/non-treatment based on 'real world' data.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(2). DOI:10.1160/TH15-05-0383
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    ABSTRACT: Cleaved high-molecular-weight kininogen (HKa) or its peptide domain 5 (D5) alone exert anti-adhesive properties in vitro related to impeding integrin-mediated cellular interactions. However, the anti-adhesive effects of HKa in vivo remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the effects of HKa on leukocyte recruitment and neointima formation following wire-induced injury of the femoral artery in C57BL/6 mice. Local application of HKa significantly reduced the accumulation of monocytes and also reduced neointimal lesion size 14 days after injury. Moreover, C57BL/6 mice transplanted with bone marrow from transgenic mice expressing enhanced green fluorescence protein (eGFP) showed a significantly reduced accumulation of eGFP+-cells at the arterial injury site and decreased neointimal lesion size after local application of HKa or the polypeptide D5 alone. A differentiation of accumulating eGFP+-cells into highly specific smooth muscle cells (SMC) was not detected in any group. In contrast, application of HKa significantly reduced the proliferation of locally derived neointimal cells. In vitro, HKa and D5 potently inhibited the adhesion of SMC to vitronectin, thus impairing their proliferation, migration, and survival rates. In conclusion, application of HKa or D5 decreases the inflammatory response to vascular injury and exerts direct effects on SMC by impeding the binding of integrins to extracellular matrix components. Therefore, HKa and D5 may hold promise as novel therapeutic substances to prevent neointima formation.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(3). DOI:10.1160/TH15-01-0013
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    ABSTRACT: Whilst innate B1-B cells are atheroprotective, adaptive B2-B cells are considered pro-atherogenic. Different subsets of B regulatory cells (Breg) have been described. In experimental arthritis and lupus-like disease, Breg are contained within the CD21hiCD23hiCD24hi B cell pool. The existence and role of Breg in vascular disease is not known. We sought to investigate the existence, identity and location of Breg in vascular disease. The representation of B2-B cell subsets in the spleens and lymph nodes (LNs) of Apolipoprotein E-/- (ApoE-/-) mice compared to controls was characterised by flow cytometry. Additionally, we utilised a model of neointima formation based on the placement of a perivascular collar around the murine carotid artery in ApoE-/- mice to ascertain whether B cells and B cell subsets confer protection against lesion development. Adoptive transfer of B cells was performed from wild type or genetically modified mice. We showed that CD21hiCD23hiCD24hi B cells are unexpectedly increased in the draining LNs of ApoE-/- mice. Adoptive transfer of LN-derived B2-B cells or purified CD21hiCD23hiCD24hi B cells to syngeneic mice reduced lesion size and inflammation without changing serum cholesterol levels. Follicular B2-B cells did not confer protection. IL-10 blockade or transfer of IL10-deficient B cells prevented LN-derived B cell-mediated protection. This is the first identification of a specific LN-derived B2-Breg subset that confers IL-10 mediated protection from neointima formation. This may open the way for immune modulatory approaches in cardiovascular disease.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(4). DOI:10.1160/TH14-12-1084
  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(3). DOI:10.1160/TH14-07-0593
  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(1). DOI:10.1160/TH15-06-0447
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    ABSTRACT: Antibody formation to factor VIII (FVIII) remains the greatest clinical and diagnostic challenge to the haemophilia-treating physician. Current guidance for testing for inhibitory FVIII antibodies (inhibitors) recommends the functional Nijmegen-Bethesda assay (NBA). A FVIII ELISA offers a complementary, immunological approach for FVIII antibody testing. It was the aim of this study to retrospectively evaluate the performance of a FVIII ELISA (index) for detection of FVIII antibodies, compared with the NBA (reference). All samples sent for routine FVIII antibody testing at two haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centres, were tested in parallel using the NBA and a solid-phase, indirect FVIII ELISA kit (Immucor). A total of 497 samples from 239 patients (severe haemophilia A=140, non-severe haemophilia A=85, acquired haemophilia A=14) were available for analysis. Sixty-three samples tested positive by the NBA (prevalence 12.7 %, 95 % confidence interval [CI], 9.9-15.9 %), with a median inhibitor titre of 1.2 BU/ml (range 0.7-978.0). The FVIII ELISA demonstrated a specificity of 94.0 % (95 %CI, 91.3-96.0), sensitivity of 77.8 % (95 %CI, 65.5-87.3), negative predictive value of 96.7 % (95 %CI, 94.5-98.2), positive predictive value 65.3 % (95 %CI, 53.5-76.0), negative likelihood ratio 0.2 (95 %CI, 0.1-0.4), positive likelihood ratio 13.0 (95 %CI, 8.7-19.3) and a diagnostic odds ratio of 54.9 (95 %CI, 27.0-112.0). Strong positive correlation (r=0.77, p< 0.001) was seen between the results of the NBA (log adjusted) and FVIII ELISA optical density. In conclusion, FVIII ELISA offers a simple, specific, surveillance method enabling batch testing of non-urgent samples for the presence of FVIII antibodies.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(4). DOI:10.1160/TH14-12-1062
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    ABSTRACT: The SAMe-TT2R2 score has been proposed to identify patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who maintain a high average time in therapeutic range (TTR) on vitamin K antagonists treatment (VKA). This score has been validated in several studies, either monocentric or including very selected populations in a specialised setting. Our objective was to validate this score in a nationwide cohort of AF patients. From November 2013 to March 2014 we included in this study the first 10 patients with AF on VKA consecutively seen in 120 outpatient cardiology clinics in Spain. The SAMe-TT2R2 score was calculated for each patient and TTR in the preceding six months was estimated by Rosendaal method. A total of 1,056 patients were recruited (mean age 73.6 ± 9.8 years, 42 % female). Mean value of TTR was 63.8 ± 25.9 % (median 66.8 %, interquartile range 45.6 %-85.4 %). We found a progressive decline in mean TTR from a score of 0 (67.5 % ± 24.6 %) to ≥ 4 (52.7 ± 28.7 %, p< 0.01). The score was able to discriminate which patients had a good anticoagulation control (TTR ≥ 65 %) with a C-statistic of 0.57 (95 %CI 0.53-0.60, p< 0.0005). A SAMe-TT2R2 score of 0-1 was associated with a good anticoagulation control with a sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of 64 %, 48 %, 58 % and 54 %, respectively; and the odds ratio of having a TTR< 65 % if the score was ≥ 2 was 1.64 (95 % confidence interval 1.33-1.95, p< 0.001). In conclusion, in this nationwide population with AF on VKA, the SAMe-TT2R2 score had a significant, although moderate, ability to identify patients with a good anticoagulation control.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 06/2015; 114(4). DOI:10.1160/TH15-02-0169
  • Thrombosis and Haemostasis 05/2015; 114(4). DOI:10.1160/TH15-01-0007
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    ABSTRACT: When patients with coronary stents undergo non-cardiac surgery, bridging therapy with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is not infrequent in clinical practice. However, the efficacy and safety of this approach is poorly understood. This was a retrospective analysis of patients with coronary stent(s) on any antiplatelet therapy undergoing non-cardiac surgery between March 2003 and February 2012. The primary efficacy endpoint was the 30-day incidence of major adverse cardiac or cerebrovascular events (MACCE), defined as the composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome leading to hospitalisation, or stroke. The primary safety endpoint was the 30-day composite of Bleeding Academic Research Consortium (BARC) bleedings ≥ 2. Among 515 patients qualifying for the analysis, LMWH bridging was used in 251 (49 %). At 30 days, MACCE occurred more frequently in patients who received LMWH (7.2 % vs 1.1 %, p=0.001), driven by a higher rate of myocardial infarction (4.8 % vs 0 %, p< 0.001). This finding was consistent across several instances of statistical adjustment and after the propensity matching of 179 pairs. Patients bridged with LMWH also experienced a significantly higher risk of BARC bleedings ≥ 2 (21.9 % vs 11.7 %, p=0.002) compared to those who were not, which remained significant across different methods of statistical adjustment and propensity matching. In conclusion, LMWH bridging in patients with coronary stents undergoing surgery is a common and possibly harmful practice, resulting in worse ischaemic outcomes at 30 days, and a significant risk of bleeding.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 05/2015; 114(2). DOI:10.1160/TH14-12-1057
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    ABSTRACT: The systematic assessment of residual thromboembolic obstruction after treatment for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) has been understudied. This assessment is of potential clinical importance, should clinically suspected recurrent PE occur, or as tool for risk stratification of cardiopulmonary complications or recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE). This study aimed to assess the rate of PE resolution and its implications for clinical outcome. In this prospective, multi-center cohort study, 157 patients with acute PE diagnosed by CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) underwent follow-up CTPA-imaging after six months of anticoagulant treatment. Two expert thoracic radiologists independently assessed the presence of residual thromboembolic obstruction. The degree of obstruction at baseline and follow-up was calculated using the Qanadli obstruction index. All patients were followed-up for 2.5 years. At baseline, the median obstruction index was 27.5 %. After six months of treatment, complete PE resolution had occurred in 84.1 % of the patients (95 % confidence interval (CI): 77.4-89.4 %). The median obstruction index of the 25 patients with residual thrombotic obstruction was 5.0 %. During follow-up, 16 (10.2 %) patients experienced recurrent VTE. The presence of residual thromboembolic obstruction was not associated with recurrent VTE (adjusted hazard ratio: 0.92; 95 % CI: 0.2-4.1).This study indicates that the incidence of residual thrombotic obstruction following treatment for PE is considerably lower than currently anticipated. These findings, combined with the absence of a correlation between residual thrombotic obstruction and recurrent VTE, do not support the routine use of follow-up CTPA-imaging in patients treated for acute PE.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 05/2015; 114(1). DOI:10.1160/TH14-10-0842
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    ABSTRACT: Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding commonly complicates anticoagulant therapy. We aimed to systematically review the published literature to determine the risk of thromboembolism, recurrent GI bleeding and mortality for patients on long-term anticoagulation who experience GI bleeding based on whether anticoagulation therapy was resumed. We performed a systematic review of phase III randomised controlled trials and cohort studies in patients with atrial fibrillation or venous thromboembolism who received oral anticoagulant. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL (from 1996-July 2014), conferences abstracts (from January 2006-July 2014) and (up to the last week of July 2014) with no language restriction. Two reviewers independently performed study selection, data extraction and study quality assessment. A total of three studies were included in the meta-analysis. The resumption of warfarin was associated with a significant reduction in thromboembolic events (hazard ratio [HR] 0.68, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 0.52 to 0.88, p < 0.004, I²=82 %). There was an increase in recurrent GI bleeding but not statistically significant for patients who restarted warfarin compared to those who did not (HR 1.20, 95 % CI 0.97 to 1.48, p = 0.10, I² = 0 %). Resumption of warfarin was associated with significant reduction in mortality (HR 0.76, 95 % CI 0.66 to 0.88, p < 0.001, I² = 87 %). This meta-analysis demonstrates that resumption of warfarin following interruption due to GI bleeding is associated with a reduction in thromboembolic events and mortality without a statistically significant increase in recurrent GI bleeding.
    Thrombosis and Haemostasis 05/2015; 114(4). DOI:10.1160/TH15-01-0063