Atrial fibrillation patients may reduce stroke risk and severity of stroke with anticoagulants
(dailyRx News) Stroke risk runs high for individuals with atrial fibrillation. Taking blood thinners, however, may not only lower this risk, it may reduce the likelihood of brain damage if stroke happens anyway.
Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most common irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Because people with the condition are about five times more likely to have a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association, medication to prevent clots from forming is usually prescribed.
While research has already shown anticoagulants (blood thinners) can cut stroke risk, a new study has found that the medication may lower the odds of dying and brain damage if stroke should still happen.
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