Anticoagulants not being prescribed in AF

People with atrial fibrillation are not being prescribed anticoagulant drugs that minimise their chances of stroke and subsequent debilitating disability or death, says a leading Melbourne cardiologist.

Dr Harry Gibbs, Medical Director of the Vascular Laboratory at the Alfred Hospital, says new results from the GARFIELD-AF global anticoagulant registry show around 40% of AF patients who have at least one other risk factor for stroke are not prescribed anticoagulants.

Anticoagulants have been shown to reduce risk of stroke in AF patients by 60%.