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Warfarin Safer Than Heparin for Some Strokes
Date:7/14/2008

ad received low-dose enoxaparin to prevent blood clots in the legs.

Five percent of patients had a progressive stroke (their conditions continued to decline even after the acute phase of the stroke was over); all but one of these cases occurred in the aspirin-only group.

In addition, patients receiving aspirin alone were more than 12 times as likely to have stroke progression compared with patients taking other types of therapies.

Eleven percent of patients experiencing bleeding into the brain tissue. Only three, however, were symptomatic, and all of these had been taking full-dose enoxaparin. Two patients taking heparin had systemic bleeding.

Adding enoxaparin or heparin to warfarin increased the risks of bleeding but could be considered in certain circumstances, the authors stated.

More information

Visit the American Heart Association for more on different kinds of stroke.



--HealthDay staff



SOURCE: Archives of Neurology, press release, July 14, 2008


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