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Anti-clotting Drug Warfarin May Be Safe for Elderly

Studies Suggest Warfarin May Be Underused for Patients Over 80

Warfarin vs. Newer Anti-clotting Drugs continued...

In the study, the older patients were in the correct dosage range about two-thirds of the time. That's similar to the figure reported in studies of younger patients.

American Heart Association President Gordon Tomaselli, MD, tells WebMD that he treats all his patients who are 80 and over with atrial fibrillation with warfarin or a newer anti-clotting drug "because they are the folks most likely to benefit in terms of reduction in stroke."

These studies were presented at a medical conference. The findings should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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