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Patterns of anticoagulation in patients hospitalized with atrial fibrillation: warfarin is underused in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14677339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) has a similar stroke risk when compared with chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF). Our study sought to define the incidence of warfarin use at time of admission and discharge in patients hospitalized with PAF and CAF. Anticoagulation rates upon hospital admission were 89% in the patients with CAF and 38% in patients with PAF, and increased to 100% for patients with CAF and 81% for patients with PAF at the time of hospital discharge. Despite a similar risk of stroke, patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were less likely to receive long-term oral anticoagulation (AC) compared to patients with chronic atrial fibrillation.
C Bogdan Marcu; Andre E Ghantous; Eugene A Caracciolo; Thomas J Donohue
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Connecticut medicine     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0010-6178     ISO Abbreviation:  Conn Med     Publication Date:    2003 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-17     Completed Date:  2004-01-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372745     Medline TA:  Conn Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  595-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hospital of Saint Raphael, P-207, Section of Cardiology, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anticoagulants / contraindications,  therapeutic use*
Atrial Fibrillation / drug therapy*
Chronic Disease
Drug Utilization
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Risk Factors
Warfarin / contraindications,  therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticoagulants; 81-81-2/Warfarin

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