Key clinical point: A direct-acting oral anticoagulant begun 7-10 days after a stroke produced the best outcome, but just missed statistical significance.
Major finding: Patients starting a DOAC 7-10 days after an index stroke experienced half the number of events of other patients.
Study details: Review of 1,289 patients with atrial fibrillation managed and followed after a cardioembolic stroke at any of eight U.S. stroke centers.
Disclosures: Dr. Yaghi disclosed a financial relationship with Medtronic. Dr. Simpkins had no disclosures.
Yaghi S et al. Stroke. 2020 Feb;51(suppl 1):A119.