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Table 1 Exclusion Criteria*

From: The use of warfarin in veterans with atrial fibrillation

Characteristic Inpatients Outpatients
  N = 212 N = 538
  N (%)† N (%)†
Sinus rhythm 32 (15) 42 (8)
Death 21 (10) 1 (0.2)
History of gastrointestinal hemorrhage 18 (8) 6 (1)
Fall risk 14 (7) 4 (0.7)
Pacemaker 4 (2) 9 (2)
Lone atrial fibrillation 4 (2) 1 (0.2)
Terminal illness 4 (2) 0 (0)
Patient refused 3 (1) 6 (1)
History of intracranial hemorrhage 3 (1) 3 (0.6)
Transfer to outside facility 3 (1) 0 (0)
Multi-infarct dementia in comfort care patients 2 (0.9) 0 (0)
Warfarin held for procedure or surgery 2 (0.9) 0 (0)
Warfarin allergy 1 (0.5) 0 (0)
Failed to comply with warfarin protocol, warfarin stopped 1 (0.5) 1 (0.2)
History of seizures 1 (0.5) 0 (0)
Elective admission to begin sotalol and discontinue warfarin 1 (0.5) 0 (0)
Previous bleeding on warfarin 0 (0) 1 (0.2)
  1. *These exclusion criteria were taken directly from the Medicare Health Care Quality Improvement Program's National Stroke Project – Atrial Fibrillation.10
  2. Note: some patients had more than one reason for not being prescribed warfarin.