Oral Anticoagulation Therapy in Family Medicine

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2010.0382

german translation / full article

Jean-François Chenot, Petra Sobotta, Hannelore Schneider-Rudt, Manar Abu Abed, Stefan Viktor Vormfelde, Thanh Duc Hua

Keywords: Oral anticoagulation vitamin K antagonists phenprocoumon

Summary: Oral anticoagulants are prescribed for primary and secondary prevention of thromboembolic diseases. Main indications are atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis and artificial heart valves. In Germany more than half a million patients are taking phenprocoumon daily. The aim of this narrative review is to give an overview about practical aspects of oral anticoagulation with phenprocoumon which are relevant for family practice. The covered topics are drug interactions, pharmacogenetics, nutrition, dosage adjustment, bridging, complications, side-effects and patient education.

(State: 14.10.2010)

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