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Atrial fibrillation (stroke prevention) - rivaroxaban - NICE TAG TA256

1.1 Rivaroxaban is recommended as an option for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism within its licensed indication, that is, in people with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation with one or more risk factors such as:

  • congestive heart failure

  • hypertension

  • age 75 years or older

  • diabetes mellitus,

  • prior stroke or transient ischaemic attack.

1.2 The decision about whether to start treatment with rivaroxaban should be made after an informed discussion between the clinician and the person about the risks and benefits of rivaroxaban compared with warfarin. For people who are taking warfarin, the potential risks and benefits of switching to rivaroxaban should be considered in light of their level of international normalised ratio (INR) control.



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