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STROKE RISK ASSESSMENT

The incidence of atrial fibrillation in the aging population continues to increase in frequency and predisposes patients to an increased risk for stroke. Assessment of risk for stroke is a significant and independent risk factor for stroke.
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MEDICATION INFORMATION

The selection of the appropriate medical therapy requires a sound knowledge about the characteristics of these medications which include warfarin and newer medications such as dabigatran etexilate, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban.
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BLEED RISK

An important element weighing the risk of bleeding on anticoagulation is to assess it along with the risk of morbidity and mortality from stroke. The HASBLED Scale describes patient characteristics that affect bleeding risk.
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PATIENT COMPLIANCE

Consistency in medication compliance, diet, and activities are critical elements in a comprehensive care plan. An effective plan of care minimizes stroke risk while not creating a significant risk of bleeding.
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