PCPs Often Misestimate Stroke and Bleeding Risk in AF
A Canadian study has found that many primary care physicians incorrectly estimate stroke or bleeding risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. In the study, PCPs used guideline-recommended risk scores to evaluate stroke risk in only about half of their patients and used the guidelines to determine bleeding risks in just one quarter of their patients. As a result, many patients were receiving suboptimal oral anticoagulant dosages, which could increase their risk for stroke or bleeding.
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