Examining warfarin underutilization rates in patients with atrial fibrillation: Detailed chart review essential to capture contraindications to warfarin therapy

@article{Srivastava2008ExaminingWU,
  title={Examining warfarin underutilization rates in patients with atrial fibrillation: Detailed chart review essential to capture contraindications to warfarin therapy},
  author={Ajay V Srivastava and Michael P. Hudson and Ihab Hamoud and Jo{\~a}o L Cavalcante and Chetan Pai and Scott Kaatz},
  journal={Thrombosis Journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={6},
  pages={6 - 6}
}
INTRODUCTION Atrial fibrillation affects an estimated 2.5 million Americans and incurs an average annual stroke risk of 4.5% per year. Despite warfarin reducing stroke risk by approximately 66%, prior studies show warfarin usage rates to be about 50%. However, the methods that define warfarin as "inappropriate underutilization" might not be sensitive enough to pick up relative contraindications. We assessed the inappropriate underutilization of warfarin in atrial fibrillation patients at our… CONTINUE READING