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Date:1/8/2014

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More people should be treated

That only a minority of patients with atrial fibrillation are treated with anticoagulant medicine could be due to the fact that the treatment will increase the risk of suffering a brain haemorrhage for a minority of patients:

"Treatment with anticoagulant medicine balances on a bit of a razor's edge, as we know that it will help a large group of patients, but at the same time can give side-effects in the form of brain haemorrhages for a small group. But research, including our latest study, clearly shows that there may be great benefits to be gained by not being quite as cautious with the medicine as we have been previously," says Sren Paaske Johnsen, and adds:

"This is very much about finding the patients who will benefit most from the anticoagulant medicine. Fortunately there are good clinical tools available, where we look at the patient's age, previous heart disease and other relevant factors."

The study has just been published in the respected international journal Stroke - Journal of the American Heart Association.

Facts:

  • 65,000 people today live with atrial fibrillation, which is one of the most common types of heart disease.
  • 13,000 Danes are admitted to hospital annually with apoplexy, which is the third most frequent cause of death in Denmark.
  • 15-20 percent of all apoplexy patients have prior atrial fibrillation.
  • Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm
  • The disease primarily afflicts people over 50 years of age.


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Contact: Senior Research Consultant Søren Paaske Johnsen
spj@dce.au.dk
45-30-22-84-69
Aarhus University
Source:Eurekalert

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