Are major bleeding events from falls more likely in patients on warfarin?
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There is no evidence of increased risk for major bleeding as a result of falls in hospitalized patients taking warfarin (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, based on retrospective cohort studies). In the average patient taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation, the risk of intracranial hemorrhage from a fall is much smaller than the benefit gained from reducing risk of stroke (SOR: A, based on decision analysis of systematic reviews with sensitivity analysis).
Journal of Family Practice, 55(2) 2006: 159-160.
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