Blood Thinners: Choosing What's Right for You

Atrial Fibrillation and the New Generation of Blood Thinners
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For the past 60 years, those suffering from atrial fibrillation had only one choice of blood thinner -- one that was far from perfect -- to address a life-threatening situation. But now there are new products on the market. "They're enormous breakthroughs," says Hugh Calkins, a professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Roughly 2.7 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. Untreated atrial fibrillation doubles the risk of heart-related deaths and increases the risk for stroke by fivefold, according to the American Heart Association. That's because with atrial fibrillation, the heart isn't pumping in a regular rhythm, so there's a higher risk of clots developing that could go from the heart to the brain, causing a stroke. To prevent this, the majority of atrial fibrillation patients are put on blood thinners to prevent the formation of life-threatening clots.


about 1 year ago, said...

If you are taking Eliquis, please have your Dr. find you something else, My husband almost died because of this, He needed 6 pints of blood to get him back within semi normal limits. A surgeon told us to get him off Eliquis be cause there is no way to stop bleeding once it starts as there is with Warfarin or Coumadin. You have to let the eliquis completely get out of your system by bleeding to death.


almost 2 years ago, said...

It needs to be noted that the manufacturer of Xarelto offers a savings card called "Care Path" which can reduce the co-pay to as little as $5 for a 30-day supply which is actually less than what I would pay for coumadin through my pharmacy/prescription plan....


almost 2 years ago, said...

Eliquis has give me assurance that I will not have a blot clot and consequently a stroke. I am most pleased with this protection asuring me of a happier life. (87)


almost 2 years ago, said...

I had the Wolff Mini-Maze procedure about 8 years ago. That procedure completely removes the left atrial appendage which is no longer used after birth. Because you no longer have a left atrial appendage blood clots cannot form there. I swear by the procedure and would highly recommend it to anyone considering the procedure. In six weeks after the procedure, which is arthroscopic, I stopped taking Coumadin and several other heart medications. My Pacemaker is checked every six months and I have been A-fib free for more than 3 years now. I am 75 years old.