ER docs not big on stroke prevention meds
from MedPage Today
Patients diagnosed with atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation in the emergency department are — more often than not — discharged without receiving prescriptions for oral anticoagulation, a linchpin for preventing strokes in this highly at-risk population, research presented here shows. From 2010 to 2017, the prescription of these oral anticoagulants has risen from 16% of patients to 27.9% — nearly a 50% increase, but overall, 65% of patients diagnosed with flutter or fibrillation received no treatment to prevent clotting, which can lead to stroke, reported Bory Kea, MD, of Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
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