Anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation: Underutilization in a Brazilian tertiary outpatient clinic

Anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation: Underutilization in a Brazilian tertiary outpatient clinic

Author Mesas, Cezar Eumann Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Veloso, Henrique Horta Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
De Paola, Angelo Amato Vincenzo Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Despite a clear benefit of anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation for the prevention of stroke, treatment rates are disappointingly low in clinical practice in the industrialized countries. This survey demonstrates similar rates in a Brazilian tertiary outpatient clinic, with only 55% of patients at high risk receiving dose-adjusted warfarin. Poor patient education and healthcare system limitations are considered important barriers. Strategies to improve treatment rates should target specific problems at each location.
Keywords atrial fibrillation
anticoagulation
stroke
warfarin
underutilization
Language English
Date 2004-11-01
Published in Clinical Cardiology. Mahwah: Clinical Cardiology Publ Co, v. 27, n. 11, p. 592-+, 2004.
ISSN 0160-9289 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Clinical Cardiology Publ Co
Extent 592-+
Access rights Closed access
Type Review
Web of Science ID WOS:000224742800003
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/43352

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