Education And Debate

ABC of Atrial Fibrillation: ANTITHROMBOTIC TREATMENT FOR ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7022.45 (Published 06 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:45
  1. Gregory Y H Lip,
  2. Gordon D O Lowe

    Abstract

    Summary

    • Antithrombotic prophylaxis with long term warfarin or aspirin reduces thromboembolic risk in atrial fibrillation

    • Identification, risk assessment, and regular review of all patients with atrial fibrillation should be routine in general and hospital practice

    • Risk stratification is easily performed on clinical grounds—echocardiography may refine it

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