Are you at risk of bleeding from Coumadin or warfarin: New HAS-BLED tool assesses risk for those with atrial fibrillation
Posted Apr 22 2010 5:34am
One of the most common questions we get centers around the use of anticoagulant drugs—either the brand drug, Coumadin, or the generic version, warfarin—and 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.