At hospitals participating in the Get With the Guidelines (GWTG)-Stroke Program, anticoagulation use among ischemic stroke patients with atrial fibrillation appears to have increased to high overall levels between 2003 and 2010. Research¬ers found that anticoagulation use improved from 88.4% to 95.2% during the 7-year span at hospitals participat¬ing in the GWTG-Stroke Program. Older age, diabetes, and African-American or Hispanic ethnicity were associated with a decreased likelihood of receiving anticoagulation.
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Source: American Heart Journal, October 2011.
An abstract of the study is available at www.ahjonline.com/article.