Treating Acute Venous Thromboembolism: Shift with Care.
N Engl J Med. 2013 Jul 1;
Authors: Cushman M
Venous thromboembolism is the third leading cause of vascular death,(1) with a high incidence, especially among older persons. Incidence rates increase from 1 per 10,000 annually among persons less than 40 years of age to nearly 1% annually among persons 80 years of age or older(2); more than one third of cases occur in persons older than 60 years of age.(3) The mainstay of treatment for more than a generation of physician experience involves bridging anticoagulation therapy from a parenteral heparin-type anticoagulant to a vitamin K antagonist such as warfarin, which requires laboratory monitoring. Given the rapid expansion of . . .
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