Journal article

Should stroke subtype influence anticoagulation decisions to prevent recurrence in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation?

A Evans, I Perez, G Yu, L Kalra

Stroke | Published : 2001

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Long-term anticoagulation is routinely used for secondary stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, often regardless of stroke subtype. Although the role of warfarin in cardioembolic stroke is established, it may not prevent recurrence in other stroke subtypes, even in the presence of atrial fibrillation. METHODS: This was a 2-year, prospective, intervention study conducted in a district general hospital. Participants included 386 acute stroke patients with atrial fibrillation. Subjects were characterized for stroke subtype on clinical, neuroimaging, carotid ultrasonographic, and echocardiographic criteria. Eligible patients were treated with adjusted-dose warfarin (i..

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