Optimize Anticoagulants to Reduce Stroke Risk in Atrial Fib Patients

There will be buzz about optimizing anticoagulant use in atrial fib patients...based on the latest Am Heart Association and Chest guidelines.

Use these strategies to balance risks and benefits.

Identify stroke risk factors in atrial fib using the "CHA2DS2-VASc" score...Congestive heart failure, Hypertension, Age 75 and up, Diabetes, prior Stroke or TIA, Vascular disease (heart attack or peripheral artery disease), Age 65 to 74, or Sex category (female). Most count as one. The "2s" are factors with higher risk...age 75 and up or prior stroke or TIA.

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