Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 12, pp 403–404 | Cite as

Also the very elderly benefit from warfarin in atrial fibrillation

  • F. W. A. Verheugt


Warfarin therapy is the cornerstone in the prevention of thromboembolism in patients with atrial fibrillation. It reduces the risk of stroke by two thirds in comparison with no anticoagulation. 1 A weak alternative to warfarin is aspirin, which is also effective over placebo in the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation. 1 Aspirin is safer than warfarin in general use. The incidence of atrial fibrillation sharply increases with age, but also the risk of bleeding from warfarin shows the same pattern.


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