High-risk AF patients aren't getting anticoagulants

A SUBSTANTIAL number of AF patients are still not getting the anticoagulants they need, an Australian cardiology conference has heard.

New data from a registry including more than 500 newly diagnosed Australians with at least one stroke risk factor shows 40% of those with the highest CHA2DS2V scores (6-9) have not been prescribed the drugs.

"These people have an annual stroke rate that's high - more than 10 percent per annum," says Dr Harry Gibbs, deputy director of general medicine at the Alfred, who presented the data at the CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne.