Are you at risk of bleeding from anticoagulants Coumadin or warfarin: New “HAS-BLED” tool assesses risk for those wi
Posted Apr 22 2010 12:00am
One of the most common questions we get centers around the use of anticoagulant drugseither the brand drug, Coumadin, or the generic version, warfarinand whether or not an atrial fibrillation patient should be on them. Anticoagulants decrease stroke risk, but can also increase bleeding risk. How do you sort it all out? It’s just as frustrating for our doctors as it is for us.
A new tool, called “HAS-BLED”, may help. Used in conjunction with CHADS2 scores , it can help doctors assess our risks and determine whether or not we should be on anticoagulants.