Preventing Stroke in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Davis, Leslie L. PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAHA

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000033
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Abstract

Adults with atrial fibrillation are at an increased risk for stroke. New oral antithrombotic agents are now available to help prevent stroke and other thromboembolic events. This article provides an update on factors to consider when determining various treatment options for these high-risk patients in hopes of improving outcomes.

In Brief

Adults with atrial fibrillation are at an increased risk for stroke. New oral antithrombotic agents are now available to help prevent stroke and other thromboembolic events. This article provides an update on factors to consider when determining various treatment options for these high-risk patients in hopes of improving outcomes.

Author Information

Leslie L. Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAHA, is an assistant professor of Nursing at University of North Carolina, Greensboro School of Nursing, Greensboro, N.C.

The author and planners have disclosed that they do not have financial relationships related to this article.

Reprinted with permission from The Nurse Practitioner. 38(11):24-31, November 2013.

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