Clinical History and Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Patients taking Oral Anticoagulants

Int J Cardiol.

The patients' clinical history is neither a predictor for GIB bleeding nor a guide to the choice of the oral anticoagulant to be administered. Routinely applying bleeding risk screening, such as occult blood in the stool, should be added to the periodic laboratory checks for early recognition of patients at higher risk of GIB.