Anticoagulation risk assessment for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism: A clinical review

Vincent A. Pallazola, Rishi K. Kapoor, Karan Kapoor, John W. McEvoy, Roger S Blumenthal, Ty J. Gluckman

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Non-valvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism anticoagulation risk assessment tools have been increasingly utilized to guide implementation and duration of anticoagulant therapy. Anticoagulation significantly reduces stroke and recurrent venous thromboembolism risk, but comes at the cost of increased risk of major and clinically relevant non-major bleeding. The decision for anticoagulation in high-risk patients is complicated by the fact that many risk factors associated with increased thromboembolic risk are simultaneously associated with increased bleeding risk. Traditional risk assessment tools rely heavily on age, sex, and presence of cardiovascular comorbidities, with newer tools additionally taking into account changes in risk factors over time and novel biomarkers to facilitate more personalized risk assessment. These tools may help counsel and inform patients about the risks and benefits of starting or continuing anticoagulant therapy and can identify patients who may benefit from more careful management. Although the ability to predict anticoagulant-associated hemorrhagic risk is modest, ischemic and bleeding risk scores have been shown to add significant value to therapeutic management decisions. Ultimately, further work is needed to optimally implement accurate and actionable risk stratification into clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalVascular Medicine (United Kingdom)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • anticoagulation
  • atrial fibrillation
  • bleeding
  • risk stratification
  • stroke
  • venous thromboembolism (VTE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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