When are anticoagulants indicated in low-risk patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF)?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Most clinicians agree that the risk-benefit ratio of anticoagulants in low-risk patients with AF is not advantageous. The appropriate treatment regimen for patients with AF at intermediate risk is controversial. In this population, clinicians should assess risk factors for thromboembolic disease, patient preference, risk of bleeding, risk of falls or trauma, and likelihood of medication adherence. [62]


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