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A prediction rule identified patients with atrial fibrillation at low risk of stroke while taking aspirin

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 Q What is the accuracy of an age independent clinical prediction rule for identifying patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who are at low risk of all cause stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) while taking aspirin?

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analysis of data from 6 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to derive and validate a clinical prediction rule.

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US, Canada, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

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2501 patients (mean age 70 y, 67% men, 93% white) with non-valvular AF who were participating in 1 of 6 RCTs. All patients had had no stroke or TIA for at least 6–24 months before entering in the trials and received aspirin at dosages between 75–325 mg/day. In most studies, patients were excluded if they had clinical indications for or contraindications to oral anticoagulation or aspirin therapy, or if they had a recent acute coronary syndrome or cardiac revascularisation. Patients were randomly …

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