Fall risk and anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation in the elderly: A delicate balance

Tracy Hagerty, Michael W. Rich

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Abstract

Guidelines for managing atrial fibrillation recommend systemic anticoagulation for almost all patients age 65 and older, but in practice up to 50% of older patients do not receive maintenance anticoagulation therapy. The most common reason physicians cite for withholding anticoagulation in older patients with atrial fibrillation is a perception of a high risk of falling and associated bleeding, especially intracranial hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalCleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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