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D-dimer: An independent predictor of stroke?Jul 9, 2010 08:15 EDT
An intriguing set of observations from a small Japanese study points to a possible link between elevated D-dimer levels and thromboembolic and cardiovascular events in patients with atrial fibrillation. Beyond the obvious question of validity, what would be the implications of this new concept to clinical practice?
Sadanaga T, Sadanaga M, et al. Evidence that D-dimer levels predict subsequent thromboembolic and cardiovascular events in patients with atrial fibrillation during oral anticoagulant therapy. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 May 18;55(20):2225-31. Abstract.