Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-7-2015

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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Journal of the American College of Cardiology Volume 65, Issue 13, April 2015, Pages 1340-1360.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2015.01.049. Copyright © Elsevier

Abstract

Anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation has become more complex due to the introduction of new anticoagulant agents, the number and kinds of patients requiring therapy, and the interactions of those patients in the matrix of care. The management of anticoagulation has become a "team sport" involving multiple specialties in multiple sites of care. The American College of Cardiology, through the College's Anticoagulation Initiative, convened a roundtable of experts from multiple specialties to discuss topics important to the management of patients requiring anticoagulation and to make expert recommendations on issues such as the initiation and interruption of anticoagulation, quality of anticoagulation care, management of major and minor bleeding, and treatment of special populations. The attendees continued to work toward consensus on these topics, and present the key findings of this roundtable in a state-of- the-art review focusing on the practical aspects of anticoagulation care for the patient with atrial fibrillation.

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