Stroke and Anticoagulation in Heart Failure Without Atrial Fibrillation: From Risk to Opportunity
The association between heart failure and stroke risk has been described for more than three decades.1 Hypercoagulability and left ventricular blood stasis are thought to contribute to stroke risk in patients with heart failure,2 in addition to common risk factors such as hypertension and atrial fibrillation. Regardless of the mechanism, however, for the majority of patients with heart failure who do not have atrial fibrillation, this elevated stroke risk is appreciated but not managed.
- Received March 20, 2015.
- Accepted March 23, 2015.