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Anticoagulation Therapy for Stroke Prevention


Read time: 250 mins
Last updated:12th Mar 2020
Welcome to the Anticoagulation Therapy for Stroke Prevention Learning Zone, which introduces the intimate relationship between stroke and atrial fibrillation (AF). Warfarin reduces stroke risk in AF patients, but commonly causes major bleeds and other side effects. The need for regular monitoring and the risk of interactions often makes warfarin difficult to use clinically. Oral non-vitamin K antagonists transformed anticoagulant therapy for non-valvular AF offering improved efficacy and tolerability compared with warfarin. 

This Learning Zone reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation, including the latest anticoagulant guidelines, to help you balance the risks and benefits of the various invasive and pharmacological options. 

The Learning Zone helps you deliver optimal care and prevent strokes in your patients living with common sustained cardiac arrhythmia.


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