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Anticoagulants in Acute Myocardial Infarction: The Last (?) Word

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Medical College of Virginia
Health Sciences Division
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Va.

Ann Intern Med. 1969;71(4):855-856. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-71-4-855
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Although anticoagulants have been used in the care of patients with acute myocardial infarction for more than 20 years (1), the efficacy of such therapy has remained in doubt. Until recent years such therapy was commonly the only active treatment routinely given to the patient. With the current emphasis on prevention and treatment of arrhythmias (2) a reconsideration of the role of anticoagulants seems advisable. Two recent publications are notable in this regard.

Gifford and Feinstein (3) reviewed the methods used in the 27 studies reported in the English-language literature comparing an anticoagulant-treated group with a control group during the


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