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Anticoagulation and patient cooperation go hand in hand.

Telephone interviews were conducted last year in England by ACE (AnticoagulationEurope) and AFA (Atrial Fibrillation Association) with 104 patients with atrial fibrillation. The results, even with this small sample, represent the problems associated with the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. 

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A plus in quality of life since 25 years

A plus in quality of life happened for Heike Sichmann, the pioneer in INR self-management, in 1986. It was and is the independence of continuous INR tests at the doctor’s office. This “Plus” was successfully implemented by Dr. med Carola Halhuber and Dr. med. Angelika Bernardo by taking up the concept of coagulation self-management. 

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Lack of patient education – lack of compliance

 “For every long-term treatment patient compliance is of the essence. It has been proven that compliance is improved, if patients are educated about the risk and benefits of the respective treatment“, so Prof. Dr. W. Wuillemin (Schweiz. Med. Forum No. 17 v. 25th April, 2001).

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Atrial fibrillation still not treated adequately

During the “Asia-Pacific Cardiology Forum” along the World Congress of Cardiology on June 18, Prof. Marcel Levi, MD, PhD, informed journalists at a round table discussion that the prevalence and incidence atrial fibrillation will significantly increase due to the ageing population.

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The bigger picture

Millions of patients globally are treated with oral anticoagulants. Challenges associated with this treatment are dose finding and the INR monitoring, so Prof. Sogkwan Silaruks, Thailand on the “Asia Pacific Cardiology Forum” on June 15, 2010 in Beijing.

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What happens if the INR is below your therapeutic range?

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Education, training, and INR self-management not only for seniors

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What about quality in anticoagulation?

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Atrial fibrillation: Are anticoagulants underused?

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"Stop the nonsense but not the anticoagulants!"

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