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Resuming Antithrombotics for AF After Stopping for GI Bleed: Safe, Improves Outcomes

In a large, 16-year cohort study of patients with atrial fibrillation who had a gastrointestinal (GI) bleed while receiving antithrombotic treatment, restarting oral anticoagulant monotherapy was associated with better 2-year survival and freedom from stroke compared with not resuming therapy, despite an increased risk of bleeding. The study by Dr Laila Staerk (Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark) and colleagues was published online November 16, 2015 in the BMJ.

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