Anticoagulants in Long-Term Care

Atrial fibrillation is common among frail elders in long-term care (LTC) and is a significant risk factor for severe stroke. This risk can be reduced with antithrombotic therapy, but the risk of bleeding complications from these treatments may in some cases outweigh their stroke-reduction benefits. In this timely review by William Smucker, MD, catch up on the safety of various antithrombotic agents and how LTC providers can make evidence-based treatment decisions when prescribing these agents.

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