Anna D. Garrett, PharmD, BCPS
Anna D. Garrett is a clinical pharmacist and president of Dr. Anna Garrett (www.drannagarrett.com). Her mission is to help women in midlife maximize their mojo! Contact her at [email protected]
New dabigatran safety concerns
The safety of dabigatran is being called into question again. Concern has arisen about an increased risk of myocardial infarction in patients who are treated with the drug.
New AHA guidelines help manage hypertension in the elderly
The new guidelines are based on data from 2 trials that focused specifically on treating elderly patients for hypertension, which hadn't been done before.
Anticoagulation may be safe for many outpatient procedures
It can be helpful to know the guidelines concerning anticoagulation and common outpatient procedures.
More stroke patients going home on anticoagulants
A recent study indicates that 95% of stroke patients with atrial fibrillation received prescriptions for anticoagulants in 2010 if they were treated at hospitals participating in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program.
Guidelines discourage routine use of heparin prophylaxis in hospitals
New guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend against the routine use of heparin to prevent venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients.
Tipping the balance: Seven steps to managing stress
It doesn't take a lot of time or money to create some balance in your life, but it does take commitment and a willingness to change.
Topical gel controls surgical bleeding
FDA has approved a nontoxic gel that allows surgeons to temporarily stop blood flow during vascular and cardiovascular surgery without using clamps or elastic loops.
Bivalirudin dosing varies significantly in renal dysfunction
Anticoagulation therapies discussed in this article: Bivalirudin dosing; warfarin label dosing table; nattokinase for clot prevention.
Cohort study shows risk of pulmonary embolism rises with inactivity
A recent analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study showed a link between physical inactivity and incident idiopathic pulmonary embolism.
Outpatient treatment of pulmonary embolism safe for low-risk patients
Practice guidelines recommend outpatient care for hemodynamically stable patients with pulmonary embolism, yet most PE patients still receive hospital-based treatment.

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