Are major bleeding events from falls more likely in patients on warfarin?

Roger Garvin, Ellen Howard

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Abstract

Increased risk of falling is often given as a reason for not recommending anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation in frail or elderly patients. However, no studies directly address the risk for major bleeding in anticoagulated patients who fall. One retrospective study of 2633 falls in 1861 hospital inpatients compared the rate of major hemorrhage between those taking anticoagulation therapy with those not taking it. Major hemorrhage was defined as bruising or cuts requiring immediate attention from a physician. The rate of major hemorrhage was 6.2% for patients taking warfarin and 11.3% for patients receiving no therapy. Patients with INR=2-3 had a major hemorrhage rate of 6.9% compared with 10.1% for those with INR

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-160
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Volume55
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Warfarin
Hemorrhage
International Normalized Ratio
Accidental Falls
Frail Elderly
Atrial Fibrillation
Inpatients
Retrospective Studies
Physicians
Therapeutics

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Are major bleeding events from falls more likely in patients on warfarin? / Garvin, Roger; Howard, Ellen.

In: Journal of Family Practice, Vol. 55, No. 2, 02.2006, p. 159-160.

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