Most patients at risk of stroke fail to get adequate anticoagulation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 04 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1529

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Only 10% of patients with atrial fibrillation who were admitted with a stroke to centres in Ontario, Canada, had warfarin concentrations in the therapeutic range, warns a study that demonstrates the high risk associated with inadequate anticoagulation.

    The researchers reviewed data from the registry of the Canadian Stroke Network, which had information on 597 patients who had known atrial fibrillation or who were classified as being at high risk of systemic emboli and who had no contraindications to anticoagulation. They were admitted with a first acute ischaemic …

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