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Oral anticoagulation in older patients with vascular or cardiovascular diseases. Aged over 70 years: same risk? Same benefit?

Authors
  • Hirschl, M
  • Pluschnig, U
  • Kundi, M
  • Katzenschlager, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
International angiology : a journal of the International Union of Angiology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2003
Volume
22
Issue
4
Pages
370–375
Identifiers
PMID: 15153821
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The lower recurrence rate in older patients is consistent with the observation that anticoagulant therapy is more profitable in elderly with atrial fibrillation. Since older patients being treated with the same therapy intensity for comparable periods of time showed no higher bleeding risk than that seen for younger patients, we believe that there is no need for specific guidelines for older patients provided treatment is carefully monitored and controlled.

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