Perspectives: Anticoagulation Management

Raffaele De Caterina

Raffaele De Caterina


  • Professor and Director
  • Institute of Cardiology
  • University Chieti, Italy
  • Consultant
  • "G. Monasterio" Foundation for Medical Research
  • Pisa, Italy


Clinical considerations for anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation

To me there is one simple answer to addressing the level of inadequate anticoagulation seen today, and that is education; mostly educating doctors and other health care professionals. They need to be aware of the latest guidelines about anticoagulation.

For example, I can tell you that colleagues of mine in Europe and in the United States who are experienced geriatric doctors that treat many patients with atrial fibrillation, sometimes are not aware about the available information regarding anticoagulation.

So the first issue is really to educate healthcare professionals about the current agents and their respective indications. They should become aware of all the different types of anticoagulants. This is consistent with the emphasis that guidelines make in reference to anticoagulation and providing better care to patients.

About the Coagulation Center

The Coagulation Center is an educational resource for healthcare professionals. Guided by a global editorial board of experts, the Coagulation Center offers a range of clinical perspectives on balancing the benefit and risk of anticoagulation in a rapidly changing landscape. Within the Coagulation Center you will find roundtable discussions on anticoagulation management, materials for patient management including patient case studies, tools to help evaluate bleeding risk and stroke risk, and downloadable resources for your practice.