Cancer patients are at an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) and thrombosis. However, the management of anticoagulation in patients with both diseases may be challenging, and data on these patients are lacking. We summarize the current evidence on the incidence and prevalence of cancer in AF and vice versa and provide some practical considerations on the management of oral anticoagulation in specific clinical situations. Low-molecular weight heparins are not approved for thromboprophylaxis in AF, and management of warfarin can be difficult. The use of direct oral anticoagulants may be particularly attractive for their rapid onset/offset action and lower bleeding risk.

Cancer and atrial fibrillation: Epidemiology, mechanisms, and anticoagulation treatment

Ameri, Pietro;
2021-01-01

Abstract

Cancer patients are at an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF) and thrombosis. However, the management of anticoagulation in patients with both diseases may be challenging, and data on these patients are lacking. We summarize the current evidence on the incidence and prevalence of cancer in AF and vice versa and provide some practical considerations on the management of oral anticoagulation in specific clinical situations. Low-molecular weight heparins are not approved for thromboprophylaxis in AF, and management of warfarin can be difficult. The use of direct oral anticoagulants may be particularly attractive for their rapid onset/offset action and lower bleeding risk.
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