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Atrial Fibrillation Toolkit

Atrial Fibrillation Toolkit | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

ACC has pulled together a toolkit to help treat patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) based on the most recent evidence and best practices. Developed by experts and field-tested, the AFib Toolkit is a valuable and free reference or point-of-care resource you can use on your own time.

There is a very useful patient education section at the bottom which paitents will find valuable

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HAS-BLED Bleeding Risk Score in Atrial Fibrillation treated with Warfarin

HAS-BLED Bleeding Risk Score in Atrial Fibrillation treated with Warfarin | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Take Home Message:  In cardiovascular medicine there are several circumstances when it is valuable to give anticoagulant medications (blood thinners). These medicines reduce the chance of clot formation and lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks.  Because it is harder to form clots patient will have a higher risk of bleeding.  In atrial fibrillation, we have good criteria for evaluating the risk of clotting and stroke (CHADS2 and CHADS-VASC) but are in search of a good score to help doctors and patients predict bleeding risk when on the blood thinner coumadin  (warfarin).  The HAS-BLED score http://www.mdcalc.com/has-bled-score-for-major-bleeding-risk/ ;  performed best, but not very well in this analysis except for its ability to predict the most serious type of bleeding called intracranial hemmorhage.

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