0
ARTICLE |

Physicians' Attitudes Toward Oral Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Agents for Stroke Prevention in Elderly Patients With Atrial Fibrillation

Morris Kutner, MD; Glenford Nixon, MD; Felix Silverstone, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1991;151(10):1950-1953. doi:10.1001/archinte.1991.00400100038006.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

The use of oral anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents for the prevention of strokes in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation is controversial. Recent studies suggest that warfarin and aspirin can be safe and effective in selected patients. To determine attitudes toward this subject, we sent a questionnaire to 480 attending physicians at two major university-affiliated medical centers. Among the 251 responses (52.3%), 46 respondents (18.3%) used warfarin in atrial fibrillation of any cause, 175 (69.7%) used it in atrial fibrillation with transient ischemic attacks, 161 (64.1%) used it in patients with cerebrovascular accidents, and 196 (78.0%) used it in patients with mitral valve disease. One hundred twenty-nine (51.4%) believed that the risk of hemorrhage associated with warfarin outweighs the benefit, 61 (24.3%) were not convinced that warfarin prevents strokes in atrial fibrillation, and 42 (16.7%) believed it was difficult to monitor prothrombin time in the elderly because of poor compliance. Aspirin was used by 91 physicians (36.2%) in atrial fibrillation of any cause, 161 (64.1%) in patients with transient ischemic attacks, 140 (55.7%) in patients with cerebrovascular accidents, and 48 (19.1%) when patients were in sinus rhythm. We concluded that physicians are still hesitant to use oral anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents for the prevention of strokes in their elderly patients with atrial fibrillation. These agents are used most frequently after an ischemic episode (transient ischemic attack or cerebrovascular accident) has occurred or in patients with mitral valve disease.

(Arch Intern Med. 1991;151:1950-1953)

Topics

Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

Figures

Tables

References

Correspondence

CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Web of Science® Times Cited: 121

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();