Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the commonest sustained cardiac dysrhythmia, but is asymptomatic in about one quarter of patients. Case finding with subsequent assessment of the risk of stroke and bleeding are essential to ensure that the right patients receive appropriate intervention with oral anticoagulation.
Anticoagulation UK, in collaboration with other charities is hosting the Anticoagulation Achievement Awards 2017 to celebrate outstanding practice in the management, education and provision of anticoagulation across the UK.
More and more nurses in primary care are involved in monitoring international normalised ratio (INR) levels and advising patients on warfarin doses as anticoagulation clinics move out of secondary care and into primary care. In this article we explore why warfarin is prescribed, how to monitor patients on the drug and what to look out for in terms of interactions with prescribed medicines, over-the-counter drugs and foods. We also need to be able to advise on lifestyle interventions that go hand-in-hand with taking warfarin.
This month’s Back to Basics summarizes the main features of the key direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs or NOACS). These drugs are becoming a standard therapy in many settings including stroke prevention, management of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and prevention of venous thromboembolism following hip and knee replacement.
Haemostasis is essentially the fine balance between activators and inhibitors that control the production of the protein tangle that makes up a blood clot. A range of drugs can interfere with this fine balance. In this article we guide you through the latest theories of how blood clotting occurs and explain how various drugs used as anticoagulants interfere with this normal haemostatic mechanism.
The document is a valuable summary of the most recent and evidence-based information to assist healthcare professionals in managing patients experiencing bleeding on oral anticoagulation.
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A new survey from the Atrial Fibrillation society shows a high level of demand for self-monitoring in people being treated with warfarin. In the survey, 79% of respondents said that they would prefer to self-monitor over clinic visits. New self- monitoring products are being launched.
A new study suggests that women on anticoagulant therapy are able to take hormonal contraception or HRT with no increased risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) or abnormal uterine bleeding.