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AFib, anticoagulants and antidotes

In this video, Dr Sanjay Gupta, discusses the role of different anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation and why the lack of antidotes shouls not put anyone off using the … Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure: Written in everyday language for patients with Atrial Fibrillation Keeping Your Heart in Rhythm: The Seven […]

Atrial Fibrillation & Anticoagulants

In this video interview, Dr. Elaine Hylek of Boston University discusses new anticoagulant drugs for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. For many years, warfarin (Coumadin) has been the only anticoagulant option for patients. Taking warfarin requires constant monitoring, and it can be a challenge for many patients. In addition to drug-drug interactions and food-drug interactions, […]

Atrial Fibrillation Coumadin Replacements

Dr. Manish Shah talks about Dabigatran and Rivaroxaban, new drugs in clinicals trials to replace the blood thinner Coumadin® (warfarin), an anticoagulant frequently used to avoid strokes by those with atrial fibrillation. He talks about the two categories of these new drugs, thrombin inhibitors and Factor Xa (10a) inhibitors. Dr. Shah is Associate Director of […]

The Promising New Medication for those with Atrial Fibrillation

For 50 years, there has been only one medication — warfarin — that has been used to prevent strokes in patients who have atrial fibrillation. Now there is a new medication that is proven to not only be more effective, but can actually save lives.

Pradaxa Anticoagulant Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

A discussion of Pradaxa (dabigatran) use as an anticoagulant, important bleeding precautions, and storage information.   In a word – Don’t Use It!! I personally can’t see risking bleeding to death because I won’t get my coumadin levels INR checked or I want to eat a mess of greens.  Until they can provide an antidote to […]

How can the symptoms of atrial fibrillation be managed

Dr. Darryl Wells of the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute talks about the stroke risk associated with atrial fibrillation and how that risk is dealt with. There are medications that thin the blood and reduce stroke risk. There are also medications used to manage the heart rate and the heart rhythm. For more about atrial […]