Do you need to use heparin when initiating warfarin therapy in a patient with atrial fibrillation?

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Do you need to use heparin when initiating warfarin therapy in a patient with atrial fibrillation?

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Title: Do you need to use heparin when initiating warfarin therapy in a patient with atrial fibrillation?
Author: Murray, Christine; Lyon, Corey
Keywords: vitamin K antagonists
thrombophilia
Date: 2010-02
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Evidence Based Practice 13(2): 09.
Series/Report no.: Help Desk Answers
Abstract: Not all patients being initiated on anticoagulation therapy for atrial fibrillation require a heparin bridge. Patients with known hypercoagulable state should receive heparin during anticoagulation initiation. (SOR B, based on guidelines that incorporate medium-quality evidence.)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/7821

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