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Paucis Verbis card: Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation

Posted Apr 09 2010 12:00am

Occasionally, patients present to the ED with new onset, rate-controlled atrial fibrillation. It's an incidental finding. Do you have to anticoagulate these patients because of the risk for a stroke?

This installment of the Paucis Verbis (In a Few Words) e-card series reviews Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation from the Cardiology Clinics series. The article goes over lots of literature about the risk of stroke. I find the CHADS2 scoring system and the 2006 AHA/ACC/ESC Guidelines most helpful.

Note: Patients with persistent and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation should be treated the same when it comes to deciding about anticoagulation. They have an equivalent risk of stroke.

Feel free to download this card and print on a 4'' x 6'' index card.
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